Sunday, April 15, 2012

How to install rtorrent 0.9.1 and use magnet links on an Iomega Storcenter ix4-200d

This tutorial uses unsupported features of the IOMEGA Storcenter ix4-200d. It worked for me but use it at your own risk! It should work (again, it is unsupported) on the ix2 Storcenter as well.
Tutorial tested on IOMEGA Storcenter ix4-200d firmware

I explained in a previous post why I wanted to use rtorrent instead of the torrent client supplied with the storcenter.
There is a new developpment: switched to magnets only for file sharing: the version of rtorrent previously installed did not support magnets....
The good news is that the new rtorrent (0.9.1) does support IP filtering natively!

The problem is it was difficult to compile for the storcenter as the gcc toolchain available on the storcenter is very old... but no worries, I compiled it for you!

1. SSH into your NAS
See my other post: How to ssh into your Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d

2. Install the software
See my other post here to setup at the minimum ikg and ipkg-opt. Then:
ipkg-opt install lighttpd
ipkg-opt install screen

Then, get my pre-compiled version of rtorrent-0.9.1 (works on Iomega Storcenter ix4-200d):
if you want to compile it yourself for a strange architecture, you might want to look at section 3 of my other post How to solve the "undefined reference to '__sync_sub_and_fetch_4'" compilation problem
Warning: this is going to override the following files:
Make sure you saved everything that needed to be saved before running it!
cd /opt/tmp/
cd /
tar -xvf /opt/tmp/rtorrent-0.9.1-package.tar.gz

If you don't want to connect remotely to rtorrent to manage it from you computer, you can skip the rest of this section...
Install nTorrent on your computer
Install xml-rpc on the NAS:
ipkg install optware-devel
ipkg install libcurl-dev
cd /opt/tmp/
svn checkout xmlrpc-c    
cd xmlrpc-c/
./configure --prefix=/opt
make install
Note: ou can choose something other that nTorrent. Please give me you feedback in the comments if you do.

3. Configure the software

Fix path and other info in rtorrent.conf.
This is also where you want to disable remote access if you don't want it, comment the line:
scgi_port = localhost:5000

If you want to use remote acces, you need to:
vi /opt/etc/lighttpdlighttpd.conf
#                               "mod_rrdtool",
"mod_accesslog" )
and at the end add:
scgi.server = (
"/RPC2" => ( 
    "" => (
        "host" => "",
        "port" => 5000,
        "check-local" => "disable"
Security warning: if you follow these steps, anybody that can access port 8081 of you NAS will be able to send commands to rtorrent! You want to make sure that this port is only accessible from your local network.

4. Ip filtering
a. download the file
Ip filtering support is build into rtorrent-0.9.1, but you still need to configure the download of the filter files:
vi /etc/cron.daily/rtorrent_ipfilter
cd /mnt/pools/A/A0/torrents/rtorrent/ipfilter/
mv index.html\?list\=bt_level1 level1new.gz
gunzip level1new.gz
sed 's/^.*:\([^:]*\)$/\1/g' level1new | grep -v '^#' > level1new_2
rm level1
mv level1new level1
rm level1_2
mv level1new_2 level1_2
mkdir /mnt/pools/A/A0/torrents/rtorrent/ipfilter/
cd /etc/cron.daily/
chmod a+x rtorrent_ipfilter

b. if not already done, make sure the cron daemon is started at boot
The cron daemon is not started at boot by default....

You can start it manually:
/etc/init.d/cron start

But to have it start up every time at boot, we need to add the line:
/etc/init.d/cron start >> /opt/init-opt.log
to our /opt/ script.

See my other post How to run a program at boot on the Iomega Storcenter NAS to see how it works!

5. Test your setup
/opt/bin/rtorrent -n -o import=/opt/etc/rtorrent.conf
if you get:
rtorrent: Fault occured while inserting xmlrpc call.
did you install xmlprc correctly? is updated correctly? did you run ldconfig?

to connect to the running instance:
/opt/bin/screen -r rtorrent
and kill the terminal (putty) to exit or press Ctrl-a d.

For remote access: you can start lighthttpd on the NAS
/opt/etc/init.d/S80lighttpd start
and then start nTorrent on your computer and connect to your NAS port 8081 (by default) on path /RPC2.

6. Get rtorrent to start automatically on reboot
Follow the tutorial How to run a program at boot on Iomage Strocenter You just need to add the following lines to the script:
/opt/etc/init.d/S80lighttpd start >> /opt/init-opt.log
/opt/etc/init.d/S99rtorrent start >> /opt/init-opt.log
If you have another brand of NAS (or a regular linux OS), just try to link the startup scripts to /etc/rc2.d/ like ou would normally do an a linux box:
ln -s /opt/etc/init.d/S80lighttpd /etc/rc2.d/S80lighttpd
ln -s /opt/etc/init.d/S99rtorrent /etc/rc2.d/S99rtorrent

7. How to deal with magnet links
I suggest to create a /whereever/rtorrent/magnets like /whereever/rtorrent/torrents and /whereever/rtorrent/download.
And then:
cd /whereever/rtorrent
and add:

for f in magnets/*
 echo "Processing $f"
 CONTENT=`cat "$f" | sed s/^URL=// | grep -v '\[InternetShortcut\]' | tr -d '\r'`
 [[ "$CONTENT" =~ xt=urn:btih:([^&/]+) ]] && echo "d10:magnet-uri${#CONTENT}:${CONTENT}e" > "torrents/meta-${BASH_REMATCH[1]}.torrent" && rm "$f"
chmod a+x
And then, add a cron to run this program every 5 minutes:
vi /etc/cron.d/magnets
and add:
# convert magnets to torrents every 5 minutes
1,6,11,16,21,26,31,36,41,46,51,56 *    * * *   root    cd /mnt/pools/A/A0/data/rtorrent/ && /mnt/pools/A/A0/data/rtorrent/ 

Make sure the cron daemon is running!!! (see point 4.b above)



  1. A stupid question ,I followed thes procedure for my Iomega .. but how do I
    "start nTorrent on your computer and connect to your NAS port 8081 (by default) on path /RPC2." ?
    I have U torrent on my pc .. but want to shut it down and let the torrent running on the NAS.

    I see no "add device (non android / apple) " in the selection screen ..


    1. what you should install is nTorrent, available at:

      it is a GUI for rtorrent. uTorrent is something else....

  2. Big thanks for the cron.d and init-opt.log information! It's hard to tell which config files are where on these devices.

  3. nice, I need to try this asap. Manually changing magnets to torrents is BS! Thank you for this! I don't know why Iomega is not releasing an update for this...

  4. Thanks for the iblocklist hint, never knew about this before! Also, rtorrent-0.9.2 seems to contain support for Magnet-URIs, yay!

    Oh, and your sed-string to format the ipfilter list took way to long on my system (over 1 minute) and misses a few spots. Here's a shorter variant:

    $ wget -O bt_level1.gz
    $ time gzip -dc bt_level1.gz | cut -d: -f2 > bt_level1.txt
    real 0m2.425s
    user 0m0.776s
    sys 0m0.496s


  5. is missing... How to install it?

    I get "configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH"
    When trying to execute "./configure --prefix=/opt".