Setting the priority to off before starting the download doesn't work as expected; rTorrent still creates the folder structure and zero sized files for them.


That is an intrinsic part of the BT protocol, since it divides all the files' data concatenated into chunks, and doesn't respect file boundaries. Thus, chunks at the start / end of selected files "leak" into the neighboring files.

What you CAN do is automatically delete the incomplete files when removing the item from the client. Namely for rTorrent, by using rtcontrol --purge.

  • Ok... and what about rTorrent? – cYrus Feb 10 '12 at 22:36
  • Sorry, I was looking for a built-in solution since it's a basic feature implemented in many clients (but rTorrent I guess...). – cYrus Feb 11 '12 at 11:41
  • Very likely possible to do it with rT scripting and some f.multicall magic. I'd recommend pre-booking a padded room in the next clinic though, before you go about getting all the escaping right. – pyroscope Feb 11 '12 at 14:41
  • Many Bittorrent clients don't create zero byte files nor folder structure. ruTorrent is lacking in many ways but seems to be the default torrent client due to its popular Windows like WebUI client.For example, DHT set to yes doesn't seem to work for me ever, especially if any tracker entries are present. You have options such as Deluge and Tixati for Linux that come with their respective WebUI clients. – Sun May 31 '16 at 2:12

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