I first heard of BitTorrent when Mandriva began encouraging its users to download the Linux distribution’s ISO files using BitTorrent, in order to lessen the load on Mandriva’s servers. Yet it is somewhat recently that I began to actually use it. To this end, I installed the transmission-daemon package from Debian.
Lacking experience and expectations regarding the BitTorrent protocol and Transmission, I simply set the latter up with
/data/partial as the directory for the temporary files, and
/data/share as the final destination for completed downloads; the latter is the place where I put all my shared files (LAN-wide). I thought that I would move the completed downloads to the right subdirectories as they appear…
There is a problem with this configuration: the BitTorrent protocol expects you to share (“seed”) what you have downloaded from other users, thus preventing you from removing the files once you have them. Of course, I wish to keep these files, but elsewhere!