Automated torrent download for addition in Transmission using rss or other means

Asked by berperikemanusiaan on 2011-01-11

How to automatically download series torrents -- unattended -- which are automatically added to Transmission Linux for content download.

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2011-01-12
Charles Kerr (charlesk) said : #1

If by "series torrents" you mean something from an RSS feed, FlexGet <https://www.ohloh.net/p/flexget> is the tool to use.

Flexget? I just came from there. Having installed it in Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit and about to populate the imported template in config.yml with feed URLs and TV series names, I stopped. As a first-class torrent client, I thought, Transmission should be taking care of this important function.

It could be any kind of torrent, not just episodes in series. As you may know, cumulatively it is extremely onerous and time-consuming to chase down or hunt for the latest episodes of TV torrents or podcasts or whatever.

What I am looking for: A built-in facility to automate the download of torrents into Transmission. All the other leading torrent clients--uTorrent, Azureus-Vuze, Deluge, KTorrent--feature automated RSS download.

Transmission 2.X already includes the monitored-directory facility which can be activated by adding the "Automatically add torrents from" folder name. An automated RSS torrent download facility in Transmission could deposit into this directory the torrents retrieved from the feeds.

Transmission includes the automated Blocklist download and activation subprogram as well. Similarly, please include an automated Torrent RSS download facility.

Charles Kerr (charlesk) said : #3

> What I am looking for: A built-in facility to automate the download of torrents into Transmission. All the other leading torrent clients--uTorrent, Azureus-Vuze, Deluge, KTorrent--feature automated RSS download.

Transmission intentionally does not do this. It's not an often-requested feature, and there are good 3rd party tools that already interoperate with Transmission to do this. I don't see much advantage in doing this in-house.

> Transmission intentionally does not do this.
   Transmission intentionally has chosen to be a less competitive torrent client.

> It's not an often-requested feature, and
   Users who want a feature may not go to the trouble of asking for it. They may complain of its absence in the forums and blogs, and then leave to adopt clients which possess such a feature.

> there are good 3rd party tools that already interoperate with Transmission to do this.
   For Linux, Flexget appears to be about the only actively-developed major third party tool, and it aims to interoperate with many clients, not just Transmission. For MacOS, Automatic and Catch seem to have cornered the market. Too bad they don't work with Linux.

While we're on the subject, I wonder why the automated watch-directory, automated blocklist & updates, and web client were not left to languish in third-party land? Why were they incorporated into Transmission? After all, these three facilities were already interoperating with Transmission.

Do I appreciate Transmission's automated blocklist activation and updating? You bet I do. It saves me a great deal of time and effort. I am glad Transmission developers have chosen to ignore the example of uTorrent, which opposes blocklists, claiming they are of no use.

> I don't see much advantage in doing this in-house.
   Heavy-duty, frequent users of Transmission (or any torrent client) will appreciate the automation of RSS episode torrent retrieval and the automated submission of these torrents for download. I remember struggling with RSS automation in Azureus years ago, and the appreciation I felt when using uTorrent's excellent RSS Downloader.

If you write like this, you have no idea of the tremendous savings in time and effort that RSS retrieval automation brings to serious torrenting.

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