Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Using debtorrent to contribute to the community

Debtorrent is a way to download packages using a torrent instead of a mirror. It's also a way to contribute to the community by reducing the need for mirrors.
Installing debtorrent: (instructions)
  1. Install from the command line ( sudo apt-get install debtorrent apt-transport-debtorrent ), or synaptic.
  2. Edit the lines in /etc/apt/sources.list to take advantage of debtorrent
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free                              #OLD
    deb debtorrent://localhost:9988/ftp.us.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free         #NEW
    # Do not modify deb-src lines
  3. Reload the package list with sudo apt-get update
Using debtorrent: Debtorrent runs in the background automatically. You don't need to start it or stop it. To check on what it's doing, use the web interface at http://localhost:9988/

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