apt-transport-debtorrent -- an APT transport for communicating with
The apt-transport-debtorrent package contains the APT debtorrent
transport, which gets installed in /usr/lib/apt/methods. It makes it
possible to use 'deb debtorrent://localhost:9988/foo distro main' type
lines in your sources.list file. You don't need to run the method
yourself, it will be started automatically by APT.
This manual page documents briefly the options available to the
debtorrent method. For an overview of the DebTorrent program, see the
You don't actually need this package to use the DebTorrent program, it
will work fine using the regular http:// transport.
However, using this method has some advantages over HTTP. Unlike the
traditional HTTP method, this transport will send all possible requests
to DebTorrent as soon as it recieves them, which will speed up the
download as peers can be contacted in parallel. This method also allows
the DebTorrent client to return files to APT in any order, which is
important since BitTorrent downloads proceed in a random order.
Additionally, this method uses a very similar protocol to HTTP, and so
can easily be used to access a DebTorrent client running on another
The options below are used by APT when calling the debtorrent method.
For a description of how APT reads these options, see the apt.conf man
page. The options are available to be modified in the
the number of seconds of inactivity before the request will
timeout and the method will give up (defaults to 300)
if this is true, then APT will not store copies of the
downloaded package files in its cache (defaults to false)
whether to output debugging messages while the method is
downloading files (defaults to false)
This manual page was written by Cameron Dale <firstname.lastname@example.org> for
the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted
to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the
GNU General Public License, Version 2 or any later version published by
the Free Software Foundation.
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.