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Ideally, I'm looking for a launchd script that will start rtorrent headless as a user daemon, along with the minimal set of configurations that will allow it to work.

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As far as I know, the rtorrent client uses ncurses to display de UI, so you would need something like screen from GNU in order start it in background. This way, screen can stay as a headless daemon keeping rtorrent working. Look for more info about screen"detached mode".

If you google about the same topic but for Linux, you will find plenty of information in this technique.

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