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       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
       'debtorrent' package.

       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
       /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20debtorrent file.

       Acquire::debtorrent::Timeout seconds;
                 the number of seconds of inactivity before the  request  will
                 timeout and the method will give up (defaults to 300)

       Acquire::debtorrent::NoCache true|false;
                 if  this  is  true,  then  APT  will  not store copies of the
                 downloaded package files in its cache (defaults to false)

       Debug::Acquire::debtorrent true|false;
                 whether to output debugging  messages  while  the  method  is
                 downloading files (defaults to false)


       apt.conf(5), debtorrent-client(1)


       This  manual  page was written by Cameron Dale <> 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.