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The config file is ambiguous, and keeps getting overwritten when you restart the daemon in Debian, anyway.

In /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json, there are these options:


Every time I restart the daemon with:

/etc/init.d/transmission-daemon restart

It overwrites rpc-password, and the password it prints doesn't work anyway.

Does anyone know how to set the password properly? I don't want to disable it.

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Do these things in the exact order:

  1. Shutdown: /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon stop
  2. Write the rpc-password in the /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json file, in double-quotes.
  3. Save that file
  4. Startup: /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon start
  5. Login to the page, it's at port 9091
  6. Type in your password.

The password that's being overwritten is a hash. The program is smarter than usual and detects that your password is not a hash, so it overwrites the password with the hash to be secure. So your password should work.

However, remember that it writes the password it loaded with when it shuts down. So doing /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon restart will not do what you expect if you've written the file while it's running.

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+1 I had trouble with that one as well, your solution works fine. Good point about the automatic hashing, I was not aware of that. –  Sune Rievers Nov 19 '10 at 16:31
You don't have to stop and restart the daemon. Just /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon reload. –  brad Sep 1 '11 at 11:19
At least at the time I wrote the answer, you actually edit the file while it's stopped, because transmission-daemon writes the file on close. –  Neil Sep 5 '11 at 6:24
init.d/reload is distro-specific. More generally, you just send a SIGHUP - although this is NOT in the man page, only here: trac.transmissionbt.com/wiki/EditConfigFiles –  yardena May 14 '12 at 17:21
Comment from an anonymous user: In my case, there was a script (in /etc/init.d) to launch the daemon that passed it the password: I had to edit that script (named "transmissiond") to change password and so it worked. –  terdon Jun 9 '13 at 14:07

You can also try another solution to find the password:

ps -ef | grep transmission

(to my version it was admin:password1)

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