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btpd - BitTorrent Protocol Daemon


btpd [-d dir] [-p port] [OPTIONS...]


Btpd is a utility for sharing files over the BitTorrent network protocol. It runs in
daemon mode, thus needing no controlling terminal or gui. Instead, the daemon is
controlled by btcli, its control utility, or other programs capable of sending commands
and queries on the control socket.

btpd consists of the following programs:
btpd - The bittorrent client.
btcli - Command line interface to btpd.
btinfo - Shows information from a torrent file.

All programs accept the --help option.


-d dir The path for the btpd directory. Default is $HOME/.btpd.

-p n, --port n
Listen at port n. Default is 6881.

--help [mode]
Show this text or help for the specified mode.

-4 Use IPv4. If given in conjunction with -6, both versions are used.

-6 Use IPv6. By default IPv4 is used. Unfortunately enabling both IPv6 and IPv4 in
btpd is less useful than it should be. The problem is that some sites have trackers
for both versions and it's likely that the IPv6 one, which probably has less peers,
will be used in favour of the IPv4 one.

--bw-in n
Limit incoming BitTorrent traffic to n kB/s. Default is 0 which means unlimited.

--bw-out n
Limit outgoing BitTorrent traffic to n kB/s. Default is 0 which means unlimited.

Start btpd without any active torrents.

--ip addr
Let the tracker distribute the given address instead of the one it sees btpd
connect from.

--ipcprot mode
Set the protection mode of the command socket. The mode is specified by an octal
number. Default is 0600.

--logfile file
Where to put the logfile. By default it's put in the btpd dir.

--max-peers n
Limit the amount of peers to n.

--max-uploads n
Controls the number of simultaneous uploads. The possible values are:
n < -1 : Choose n >= 2 based on --bw-out (default).
n = -1 : Upload to every interested peer.
n = 0 : Dont't upload to anyone.
n > 0 : Upload to at most n peers simultaneously.

Keep the btpd process in the foregorund and log to std{out,err}. This option is
intended for debugging purposes.

--prealloc n
Preallocate disk space in chunks of n kB. Default is 2048. Note that n will be
rounded up to the closest multiple of the torrent piece size. If n is zero no
preallocation will be done.


To start btpd with default settings you only need to run it. However, there are many
useful options you may want to use. To see a full list run btpd --help. If you didn't
specify otherwise, btpd starts with the same set of active torrents as it had the last
time it was shut down.

btdp will store information and write its log in $HOME/.btpd. Therefore it needs to be
able to write there during its execution. You can specify another directory via the -d
option or the $BTPD_HOME variable.

It is recommended to specifiy the maximum number of uploads. Bittorrent employs a tit for
tat algorithm, so uploading at good rates allows for downloading. Try to find a balance
between uploads/outgoing bandwidth and the number of active torrents.

Note: You should only need one instance of btpd regardless of how many torrents you want
to share.


Start btpd with all options set to their default values.
$ btpd

Start btpd as above, but with torrent data in the directory /var/torrents
$ btpd -d /var/torrents

Start btpd and make it listen on port 12345, limit outgoing bandwidth to 200kB/s, limit
the number of peers to 40 and not start any torrents that were active the last time btpd
was shut down.
$ btpd -p 12345 --bw-out 200 --max-peers 40 --empty-start


If btpd has shut down for some unknown reason, check the logfile for possible clues.

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