Widely-used peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol

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How do you set a password for transmission-daemon, the BitTorrent client server?

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: rpc-username ...
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What's the difference between a torrent file and a Magnet link?

What's the difference between a torrent file and a Magnet link? What is the difference between usage, can I use μTorrent to download files from a Magnet link?
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In simple terms, how does a BitTorrent client initially discover peers using DHT?

I've already read this SuperUser answer and this Wikipedia article but both are too technical for me to really wrap my head around. I understand the idea of a tracker: clients connect to a central ...
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How to avoid bit torrent to degrade my connection performance without limiting bandwidth usage?

The only way I found so far to have a normal web surfing, while the uTorrent is on, is to limit its bandwidth usage. There is a smarter way where the torrent can use the remaining bandwidth?
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How does Bittorrent work?

I want to learn more about the bittorrent way of file sharing. I am a technically advanced user (programmer), so technically advanced material is no problem, but it should be concise and to the ...
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What do Flags and Reqs mean in uTorrent?

I'm seeding a torrent file in uTorrent, and under Peers tab it shows the following statistics: What do those Flags (some combinations of upper and lower case letters like u, h, i, x, e, p) mean? ...
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Any Linux BitTorrent client with support for Magnet links? [closed]

Is there any Linux application (bonus points for being console/headless) that supports Magnet links - like the ones provided now by some famous "bay" for pirate BitTorrent users?
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Why is distributing random pieces of a file faster than a contiguous transfer?

Why is it said that BitTorrent is faster, partly, because it transfers random pieces of a file instead of transferring it from start to finish in a contiguous/linear fashion? EDIT: But why do they ...
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What's the difference in using Pause/Stop in µTorrent?

Is there any technical difference in choosing Pause or Stop button to block the download of a torrent in µTorrent?
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Why some torrent files are split into many small rar files?

Why some torrent files are split into many small rar files? Does this improve the download speed? Or is it better for the trackers? What's the rationale behind this?
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Torrents: Can I protect my software by sending wrong bytes?

It's a topic that interests everyone. How can I protect my software against stealing, hacking, reverse engineering? I was thinking: Do my best to protect the program for reverse engineering. Then ...
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What kind of IP address is this? (WIN-F9PTTKUMI2U:29901)

While downloading a file with μTorrent, I noticed a strange peer with an address that was not an IPv4 or IPv6 address. μTorrent showed it as WIN-F9PTTKUMI2U:29901. What kind of address is this?
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Torrent client for Emacs

Does anybody know a bittorrent client for Emacs?
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How do I associate magnet links with Ktorrent in Firefox?

I'm on Kubuntu, Firefox 3.5.
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What is the difference between “Force Start” and “Start” in BitTorrent?

My BitTorrent download has been stuck at 99.8% for five hours. The bar is green so I have no idea what's going on. If I pause it and "Force Start" it again there is still no progress. What's the ...
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How does BitTorrent work with only outbound connections?

What is the mechanism behind allowing BitTorrent to work with only outbound connections? That is, without port forwarding. Brian's BitTorrent FAQ and Guide says: BitTorrent will usually work ...
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How to download torrents from the office? [closed]

I have torrents blocked in my office. Was wondering whether there are any sites which allow to download torrents to their server so that we can download them via HTTP. If I have my home system ...
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How can I tell my bittorrent client to download as much as it possibly can?

to the answers at Am I connected to ALL the people who are currently downloading/seeding that Bittorrent file? we can confirm that bittorrent indeed selects only a subset of clients instead of ...
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How do I remove the ADs in uTorrent?

Since version 3.2, uTorrent displays ADs in the form of a "Featured Torrent" banner and a small square advertising in the sidebar. Is there a way to disable those?
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Are there any torrent clients that run as a service?

I turn off all of my computers at night except for my server. I'd like to be able to have my torrent downloads run on my server, which won't be logged in, so I'm wondering if there are any clients ...
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How can I make and upload a torrent file?

How can I make and upload a torrent file?
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How to make torrent downloads faster?

In windows Vista Home Premium x64 using uTorrent, how can I make the download(s) faster? EDIT: What are recommended settings for QoS?
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Is there a way I can choose what individual files to download within a .torrent?

Is there a way to get the list of files under the files tab without the download starting? Sometimes I am after a single file within a torrent, however, to see the list, I need to start downloading. ...
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How do Pause-able downloads work?

I use Internet Download Manager (IDM) for downloading data, and I have noticed that in it's download progress window, it shows whether or not a download is pause-able (resume-able). Typically, ...
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What's the difference between the BitTorrent clients named “BitTorrent” and “µTorrent”?

A similar question was asked but never really addressed the question, I think in part because of confusing terminology. So to be very clear: what's the difference between the two BitTorrent clients, ...
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Charitable uses of upload bandwidth?

My google-fu is failing me. I already donate most of my spare CPU time to BOINC projects. I'd like to donate my spare up-load bandwidth to worthy causes, particularly if they have high-social value, ...
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How can I circumvent BitTorrent throttling?

My ISP is a reseller of Bell Canada DSL service. Bell uses Deep Packet Inspection for all of its users and resellers to limit the bandwidth consumed by P2P applications such as BitTorrent. Bell ...
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What is uTorrent? How is it different from BitTorrent?

What is uTorrent and how is it different from BitTorrent? What is it used for? Where is a tutorial? What is BitTorrent?
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Is it possible to torrent files privately?

Is it possible to transfer files via a bittorrent client, in a way thats private? Maybe I have to install my own "tracker" server. Is this possible? and safe? I was looking at torrents as a general ...
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In torrent what is seed, feed & peer?

In torrent what is seed, feed & peer?
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Why uTorrent doesn't respect upload limit?

I have set an upload limit of 30kB/s, but sometimes it is uploading 100kB/s. I have tested uTorrent and BitTorrent and they have the same problem. I disabled the setting "use more upload slot if ...
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One time BitTorrent download

I know about BitTorrent, but I have never used it since it tends to be mostly used for illegal download of movies and software. Typically whenever I see a legitimate use for it (Linux distributions) ...
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Magnet links do not display data in uTorrent

For some reason on certain websites when I press on magnet links it redirects me to 'Add new torrent' and its empty. Size: 0B and the list below it is empty too. Any idea how to fix this?
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Where does a magnet/torrent client look for the hash/torrent/file?

In short: Wikipedia mentions a required "availability search" to find peers (and the actual file): Note that, although a particular file is indicated, an availability search for it must still be ...
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Is it possible to continue torrent downloads from another client?

I downloaded a torrent file using Bitlord, and because it doesn't have features like initial seeding, I decided to use uTorrent. I've already tried to continue it. What I did was: Opened the ...
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Torrent client with per tracker settings

I'm looking for a torrent client with per tracker settings (i.e. ratio, speed limits etc). Windows or Linux, preferably both.
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Why BitTorrent uploads simultaneously? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Bittorrent work? While downloading torrent, I notice that BitTorrent simultaneously uploads and downloads. Download is obvious, but why upload?
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Which torrent apps work headless (from command line only)?

There's a question on here about what torrent apps work well remotely, but I'm hoping to find out one that works well through a command line interface, preferably with no GUI. What torrent apps ...
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Uninstall Bittorrent Sync

How do you properly uninstall Bittorrent Sync on Mac OSX? I can't find anything in the official FAQ or the User Guide BitTorrent Sync User Guide BitTorrent Sync FAQ
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Torrent Client - Command line - Windows

I just wonder Is there any command line torrent client ? Like wget downloader.
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How to download files in torrents sequentially

I am downloading some TV Series using uTorrent . But I want to download on the basis of the episode ( File name ) sequentially . So I want the 4th episode to start downloading only after the first ...
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How do torrent clients reassemble and store pieces?

I was wondering, how are pieces downloaded by torrent clients stored and reassembled? Do they use metadata? It seems this is not the case since one is able to play them if they're half formed files? I ...
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Give higher download priority to specific parts of file in a BitTorrent client?

Generally, and probably for good reason, BitTorrent clients download across all of the file equally based on various other factors. However when downloading some videos I would prefer to get the start ...
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Is it possible to retrieve magnet link via transmission-remote?

I'm running torrents on the home server, and I talk to home server via the transmission-remote utility. I'd like to retrieve the magnet link for one of my torrents, however this seems to be ...
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Seeding thousands of torrents

Is there any difference for CPU loading between seeding one big torrent (over 20Gb) and 2000 of 20mb torrents?
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Prioritize bit torrent traffic

I would like to know how to prioritize traffic from various applications. Specifically I want to know if there is a way to give web traffic higher priority over bit torrent traffic. OS : Windows XP ...
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How safe are torrents to download legitimate software? [closed]

Let's say I would like to get the ISO images for CentOS. If instead of directly downloading the ISO images from a mirror server, I just download the .torrent file from the same server and then use a ...
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BitTorrent Myth

In BitTorent Statistics there is a field "Total Ratio" that is the ratio between total downloads and uploads. i have heard that this ratio affects BitTorrent'ss performance. If the ratio is better ...
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Increasing download speed for torrents?

Can you please list out any torrent client configuration to get max out of available net speed?
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How to create a torrent and share with others?

I don't know a lot about torrents, i am just a user, have utorrent, i search the web and download torrents using it. What i want now is to create torrents and share my files with others, whats steps ...