Can't find Transmission when clicking magnet links

Asked by Jay D. Stephens on 2013-08-07

When I go to click a magnet link, a new "Launch Application" window appears saying
This link needs to be opened with an application.
Send to:
Choose an application [Choose...]

[] Remember my choice for magnet links.
[Cancel][Ok]

When I click the "Choose..." button, I cannot find Transmission, even when I use the search feature.

I have no idea how to get Transmission to work for magnet links. Can anyone help?

P.S. I did try copying the link location, then opening URL in Transmission, but that queues one torrent that says the following:
<file name>
None, uploaded None (Ratio: None) - Remaining time unknown
<insert empty download bar here>
Downloading metadata from 0 peers (0% done) - Stalled

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2013-08-10
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2014-06-22

What is the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a; apt-cache policy transmission

Thanks

Output of all that? What does that mean?

Also, I think that qBittorrent is having the same problem.

If you're asking what happens when I put that into Terminal, then this is what I get.

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux ubuntu 3.5.0-37-generic #58~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jul 10 17:48:11 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
transmission:
  Installed: 2.81-0ubuntu0.12.04.5
  Candidate: 2.81-0ubuntu0.12.04.5
  Version table:
 *** 2.81-0ubuntu0.12.04.5 0
        500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/transmissionbt/ppa/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     2.51-0ubuntu1.3 0
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/universe amd64 Packages
     2.51-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/universe amd64 Packages

Could you please explain to me how this helps? I see that it's your standard response to multiple other questions.

Try:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install transmission

Then try stuff

After having reinstalled, the problem persists.

As I said before, could you please explain to me how asking for that output helps? I see that it's your standard response to multiple other questions.

P.S. I'd like to try stuff; what kind of stuff?

I suggest you contact the maintainer of the PPA you have added to report the issue.

"Stuff" like attempt to recreate the issue after the package reinstall. I'd have thought that was a bit obvious.

Have you tried the transmission package rather than the one from the PPA? Any particular reason for adding it?

You're talking to an Ubuntu noob, so you can stop being a jerk about what seems obvious to you and try to be a bit nicer and more helpful about it. I'm not the first questioner on this forum to whom you've been condescending as to what is "obvious".

Now, to your suggestion, I see that PPA stands for "Personal Package Archive", but I have no idea how to contact the maintainer (I had no idea that contacting them was even possible). Secondly, what do you mean by "recreat[ing] the issue after the package reinstall"? You mean saying what happened in Terminal when I did that? Thirdly, what is the Transmission package? I'd try it if I knew what that was and how to use it, but whatever's going on is affecting qBittorrent as well.

Try:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:transmissionbt/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

then launch Transmission and retry.

So no answer to any of the questions that I just asked, like what PPA is or what recreation of the issue entails? No answer to the question that I've asked twice about why you wanted to know the output in the first place? Just more laconic, mechanical suggestions? I'm trying to learn how to do this, not just being told what to do, so that I can answer questions like these without help or so that maybe I can help others out myself.

Am I talking to an answering machine?

Anyway, to your last post, I took those steps and am back to square one; clicking on magnet links still takes me to this new window opening:

This link needs to be opened with an application.
Send to:
Choose an application [Choose...]

[] Remember my choice for magnet links.
[Cancel][Ok]

When I click the "Choose..." button, I still cannot find Transmission, even when I use the search feature.

When I tried copying the link location, then opening URL in Transmission, the queues still features the following:
<file name>
None, uploaded None (Ratio: None) - Remaining time unknown
<insert empty download bar here>
Downloading metadata from 0 peers (0% done)

James Ramsay (f-jack) said : #10

I notified the transmission team of this issue as it afects me too

Jack, I have a possible answer now.

After doing a little digging, I found that some ISPs do not allow torrenting. Mine may be one such ISP. If that's the case, then I'll need to find a proxy or VPN or something, wouldn't I? Anything else that I could do?

Hello, I may have a solution wich, without being very professional, seems efficient :
Open a window with transmission and an other one with mozilla (Open the page where the file you want is). Click on the magnet and drive it (or put it, I don't know the correct words) in the transmission window.
I had the same problem you talked about and this solution work at home. Hope it will help.
Bye

ipolding (ipolding) said : #13

You have two options:

1) Pourquois pas's answer. Open up your browser and transmission side by side; then simply click and drag the magnet link from the browser to transmission

2) Open the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T is a handy keyboard shortcut). Type: locate transmission-gtk
Hitting enter will give you the location of the file you need to show to Transmission. Just follow the folder. for me I need to click File System > Click Usr folder > Click Bin folder > then find Transmission-gtk

Transmission-gtk is like transmission.exe in windows

PartNo2278 (macklenife) said : #14

Transmission will take a magnet from the clipboard if you:

1) Highlight the magnet from the web page, using your mouse, and press Ctr l-C ( Or right-click, select copy).
2) Open Transmission. In the menu select File, Open URL... (Ctrl-U)
    2a) The magnet will appear in the URL box. It is copied from the clipboard automatically. You do not have to type that long random string.
3) press Enter.

Your browser needs to establish an association between a magnet URL and your torrent client. If you don't have that association then the easiest way to do this is through Transmission functionality.

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