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dudebrah
October 22nd, 2008, 11:30 PM
Greetings!

When I go to "Downloads" (I do have the latest boxee alpha), I get the message "Error! Connecting to download server"

I must admit I was mucking around with the rtorrent.rc file but ONLY by trying to save finished downloads to my external HDD via an alias - I changed the setting back but I still get this message.

Any suggestions? :)

BTW - Boxee/XBMC developers, you guys rule.

estuardo4
October 27th, 2008, 11:47 AM
It is very weird that rtorrent works for some and not for others. Mine has the same error and no solution yet.

Is there a way to install rtorrent outside of Boxee or a way to configure it? I really like the idea of letting my AppleTV make the downloads instead of my Mac Desktop.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

gb

marcel
October 27th, 2008, 11:55 AM
guys can you tell me how you are setup ? are you behind a firwall? can you send me your rtorrent.rc file..which version of boxee?

mwpei
October 27th, 2008, 12:07 PM
You can setup rtorrent on an appletv see the following link:
http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/ATVTorrents

I think this is the same rtorrent that Boxee is using so I am not sure if this will cause any problems if you try to install and run two versions of rtorrent.

I currently have rtorrent setup on my atv to do my downloads and a script setup to move the downloaded content into a directors based on the name of the show. So you could create a script that would move your download from the local atv to a network drive if you wanted. Setup the script to run automaticly every 10mins or setup a menu item in frontrow "Move to Network" that would run the script. (I guess you would only do this if boxee rtorrent configuration can not be changed)

thanks,

I am about to move over to using the Boxee rtorrent so that I can use the great UI and the add on that gives you access to tvrss.

estuardo4
October 27th, 2008, 05:12 PM
guys can you tell me how you are setup ? are you behind a firwall? can you send me your rtorrent.rc file..which version of boxee?

I'm not behind a firewall. The v. is the latest for AppleTV 0.9.3964

I've never edit the file.

Maybe that's the problem.

Thank you for your help.

gene_mingo
October 27th, 2008, 05:50 PM
I fixed this problem on my apple tv. you need to go into boxee main settings and select system/boxee. you will find the option to start rtorrent at launch. select this option, exit boxee and restart boxee. this should now fix the issue of connecting to the torrent, downloading them and having access to the torrent settings.
you will get the error message unless you have it set like this.

estuardo4
October 27th, 2008, 06:13 PM
I fixed this problem on my apple tv. you need to go into boxee main settings and select system/boxee. you will find the option to start rtorrent at launch. select this option, exit boxee and restart boxee. this should now fix the issue of connecting to the torrent, downloading them and having access to the torrent settings.
you will get the error message unless you have it set like this.

Thank you, but it still don't work for me. I have rtorrent selected on my system/boxee settings. I unselected and restarted my AppleTV. Then I navigated again to the system/boxee, checked the option, restarted the AppleTV and I have the same error.

But thank you anyway.

gb

gene_mingo
October 27th, 2008, 06:14 PM
Thank you, but it still don't work for me. I have rtorrent selected on my system/boxee settings. I unselected and restarted my AppleTV. Then I navigated again to the system/boxee, checked the option, restarted the AppleTV and I have the same error.

But thank you anyway.

gb


Dont restart your apple tv, just try exiting boxee then launching it again. Let me know if that works.

dudebrah
October 27th, 2008, 06:16 PM
You can setup rtorrent on an appletv see the following link:
http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/ATVTorrents

I think this is the same rtorrent that Boxee is using so I am not sure if this will cause any problems if you try to install and run two versions of rtorrent.

I currently have rtorrent setup on my atv to do my downloads and a script setup to move the downloaded content into a directors based on the name of the show. So you could create a script that would move your download from the local atv to a network drive if you wanted. Setup the script to run automaticly every 10mins or setup a menu item in frontrow "Move to Network" that would run the script. (I guess you would only do this if boxee rtorrent configuration can not be changed)

thanks,

I am about to move over to using the Boxee rtorrent so that I can use the great UI and the add on that gives you access to tvrss.

Hey can you post your script? I'm trying to figure out how to auto-move finished torrents onto a mounted external (I don't know how to edit the rtorrent script to look behind the frontrow directory and it doesn't appear to like the alias I've set up for my external)

Cheers

estuardo4
October 27th, 2008, 08:05 PM
Dont restart your apple tv, just try exiting boxee then launching it again. Let me know if that works.

I did as you wrote and I have the same error. I just restarted Boxee, not the AppleTV.

I'm looking at the advise mwpei wrote to install rtorrent by myself outside Boxee. I downloaded the ATVrtorrent.frappliance but I don't remember where to put it or how to install it. And neither the file or the wiki page come with instructions of how to install it.

But I will keep trying.

Thank you.

neilhand
October 30th, 2008, 06:33 PM
Just an FYI for those interested.

On the Mac version i had a similar problem with rtorrent not working even with the autostart setting. The solution i used - and i admit its brutal - was to delete my configuration and start over.

Doing so not only fixed the rtorrent issue, but made the program more stable.

dudebrah
November 8th, 2008, 04:31 PM
sorry, but how does one delete the configuration?

simon
November 15th, 2008, 06:21 AM
This thread appears to be dead, but for future reference..

The Configurationn of Boxee (on a Mac) is kept here:
/Users/simon/Library/Application Support/BOXEE

And on a Linux-system its kept here:
/home/simon/.boxee

Where in my case "simon" is my username.

Within that folder you will find two folders, Mounts and UserData. The UserData is basically your profile containing all your configuration, your media library and so on.

The rtorrent.rc-file is the one too look in if your haveing problems with rtorrent.

agentlame
November 15th, 2008, 02:28 PM
sorry, but how does one delete the configuration?

1. ssh into the atv
2. rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/BOXEE
3. restart atv, then try boxee, again.

dudebrah
November 16th, 2008, 11:35 AM
1. ssh into the atv
2. rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/BOXEE
3. restart atv, then try boxee, again.

when u say "try boxee, again" - you mean i need to go into Updates in the main ATV menu and redownload Boxee?

agentlame
November 16th, 2008, 01:36 PM
no, just restart your atv, and load boxee... it should still be installed.

dudebrah
November 16th, 2008, 05:40 PM
did the trick!! thanks a ton

cplr
November 19th, 2008, 02:08 PM
this happened to be twice. the first time i solved it by what is explained in this thread by removing my user configuration, the second time i was pissed and didn't want to have to reconfigure everything again so I did some sleuthing, and was able to fix the problem.

First in your /Users/frontrow/Library/Application Support/BOXEE/Torrents directory, I removed the rtorrent.lock file in in the .sessions folder. Then I copied the rtorrent.rc file (in ~/Library/Application Support/BOXEE/) to /Users/frontrow/.rtorrent.rc (notice the dot in front of the filename) as this is mentioned in the header of that config file. After i did these two steps and rebooted the tv (probably just need to restart boxee), everything worked fine.

Because I performed both steps and didn't check to see if it was fixed after just removing the rtorrent.lock file, I am not sure if the 2nd step was actually needed. But hey, it works now.

chuma
November 19th, 2008, 05:48 PM
I had the same problem and just fixed it without blowing away all of my settings.

1) Quit Boxee
2) SSH into your AppleTV
3) type 'cd /Users/frontrow/Library/Application Support/BOXEE/UserData/Torrents/.sessions'
4) type 'ls -l', there should be one file in there called rtorrent.lock and it will probably have a timestamp in the past.
5) type 'rm rtorrent.lock'
6) Start Boxee.

I guess if Boxee ever crashed before and rtorrent was running, this lockfile was left around. Boxee doesn't clean up the stale lockfile :(

But other than this, I frickin' LOVE this software!

dialing_wand
November 20th, 2008, 11:57 AM
I had the same problem and just fixed it without blowing away all of my settings.

1) Quit Boxee
2) SSH into your AppleTV
3) type 'cd /Users/frontrow/Library/Application Support/BOXEE/UserData/Torrents/.sessions'
4) type 'ls -l', there should be one file in there called rtorrent.lock and it will probably have a timestamp in the past.
5) type 'rm rtorrent.lock'
6) Start Boxee.

I guess if Boxee ever crashed before and rtorrent was running, this lockfile was left around. Boxee doesn't clean up the stale lockfile :(

But other than this, I frickin' LOVE this software!

Now that's a solution!

I guess all that needs to happen is for boxee to delete the rotorrent lock file on startup and this issue would never occur.

Does anyone know if rtorrent supports encrypted peers? I prefer them. ;)

sketchstudios
December 2nd, 2008, 02:22 AM
Ok I figured out a cause for this issue.

I also got the "error! cannot connect..." issue and noticed this only happened when I connected my AppleTV to ethernet, but when I quit boxee, disconnected the ethernet cable, and started it up again, rtorrent downloads section worked just fine, it resumed my torrents like nothing happened. So it seems that the rtorrent client works with whatever internet setup you had. Very strange...