How to Install rTorrent/ruTorrent Seedbox on Ubuntu VPS

In this tutorial I will show you how to install / on

# apt-get update
# sudo apt-get install subversion build-essential automake libtool libcppunit-dev libcurl3-dev libsigc++-2.0-dev unzip unrar-free curl libncurses-dev
# apt-get install apache2 php5 php5-cli php5-curl

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Enable scgi for Apache:
# apt-get install libapache2-mod-scgi
# ln -s /etc/apache2/mods-available/scgi.load /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/scgi.load

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# mkdir /install;cd /install
# svn checkout http://xmlrpc-c.svn.sourceforge.net/…mlrpc-c/stable xmlrpc-c
# cd xmlrpc-c
# ./configure –disable-cplusplus
# make
# make install

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Intall libtorrent:
# cd /install
# wget http://vps6.net/src/libtorrent-0.13.0.tar.gz
# tar xvf libtorrent-0.13.0.tar.gz
# cd libtorrent-0.13.0
# ./autogen.sh
# ./configure
# make
# make install

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Install rTorrent:
# cd /install
# wget http://vps6.net/src/rtorrent-0.9.0.tar.gz
# tar xvf rtorrent-0.9.0.tar.gz
# cd rtorrent-0.9.0
# ./autogen.sh
# ./configure –with-xmlrpc-c
# make
# make install
# ldconfig

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Create required directories:
# mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent
# mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/.session
# mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/watch
# mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/download

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Setup .rtorrent.rc file (rTorrent config):
# cd ~/
# wget http://vps6.net/src/.rtorrent.rc
# cp .rtorrent.rc /home/seeder1/

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(Edit the settings in .rtorrent.rc, like max upload/download speed, max connected peers, etc, as needed.)
Install rTorrent:
# cd /install
# wget http://vps6.net/src/rutorrent-3.0.tar.gz
# tar xvf rutorrent-3.0.tar.gz
# mv rutorrent /var/www
# wget http://vps6.net/src/plugins-3.0.tar.gz
# tar xvf plugins-3.0.tar.gz
# mv plugins /var/www/rutorrent
# rm -rf /var/www/rutorrent/plugins/darkpal
# chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/rutorrent

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Secure /rutorrent:
# a2enmod ssl
# a2enmod auth_digest
# a2enmod scgi
# openssl req [email protected] -new -x509 -days 365 -nodes -out /etc/apache2/apache.pem -keyout /etc/apache2/apache.pem
# chmod 600 /etc/apache2/apache.pem
# htdigest -c /etc/apache2/passwords seedbox seeder1

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(Enter a password of your choice when prompted, you will use this to log in to the ruTorrent web UI.)
# cd /etc/apache2/sites-available/
# rm -rf default
# wget http://vps6.net/src/default
# a2ensite default-ssl
# /etc/init.d/apache2 reload

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Install screen:
# apt-get install screen

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Start rTorrent in a detached shell using screen:
# screen -fa -d -m rtorrent

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(To start rtorrent automatically after reboots, add the above command to /etc/rc.local)

Setup is now complete! Access ruTorrent at http://xx.xx.xx.xx/rutorrent/ (replace xx.xx with your server’s IP address). You should be greeted with a login prompt, where the username is “seeder1” and the password is the one you set above in the “secure /rutorrent” section.

How to solve: This does not look like a tar archive

Problem:
Sometimes compressed files are not what they look from the extension. Recently I downloaded a .tar.gz file (say, we call it as filename.tar.gz) but when I tried to extract it, it gave error. It went something like this:
command: tar xvzf filename.tar.gz
output: tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

Solution:
So here we go. a gzip compressed data. The best way to deal with it to use “unzip” command line tool. You can install it using this command:
sudo apt-get install gunzip
Now loaded with gunzip we are ready to tackle this file. First gunzip the file to a .tar file and then untar it using tar command somewhat in following manner:
gunzip filename.tar.gz
tar xvzf filename.tar

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