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       btmakemetafile  —  generates  torrent  meta-info  files  for  use  with


       btmakemetafile    trackerURL   file|directory   [file|directory    ...]
       [--piece_size_pow2   num]    [--comment   comment]    [--target   file]
       [--filesystem_encoding     encoding]      [--httpseeds     seedURLlist]
       [--announce_list announceURLlist]


       This manual page documents briefly the btmakemetafile command.

       This  manual  page  was written for the Debian distribution because the
       original program does not have a manual page.

       btmakemetafile is a program that is used to generate the  torrent  info
       files that are distributed to bittorrent clients (usually over http) to
       inform them of where the designated tracker for the torrent is located,
       and to enable them to verify the file’s contents.

       btmakemetafile  requires  two  arguments.  The  first is the trackerURL
       which   is   the    "announce"    address    of    a    tracker    (ex., the second is the file or directory of
       files that are to be included in to torrent.


       These programs follow the usual GNU  command  line  syntax,  with  long
       options  starting  with  two  dashes  (‘--’).   A summary of options is
       included below.

       --piece_size_pow2 num
                 set the piece size  to  this  power  of  2  (0  =  automatic)
                 (defaults to 0)

       --comment comment
                 optional  human-readable  comment  to put in the torrent file
                 (defaults to ’’)

       --target file
                 optional target file for the torrent (defaults to ’’)

       --filesystem_encoding encoding
                 an optional encoding specification for  the  filesystem  (set
                 automatically in recent Python versions) (defaults to ’’)

       --httpseeds seedURLlist
                 a  list  of http seed URLs. These alternate URLs will be used
                 to seed the file if there are no other seeds  available.  The
                 format of seedURLlist is as follows:

                 URL[|URL ...]

                 (defaults to ’’)

       --announce_list announceURLlist
                 a  list  of  announce  URLs.  This  is  an  optional  list of
                 redundant/backup tracker URLs. The format of  announceURLlist
                 is as follows:

                 URL[,URL ...][|URL[,URL ...] ...]

                 where  the  URLs separated by commas are tried randomly, then
                 the groups of URLs separated by pipes are tried in sequential
                 order.   If  this  option is omitted, it is assumed you don’t
                 want  an   announce_list   field   in   the   metafile.    If
                 announce_list  is given, clients which support it will ignore
                 the trackerURL value. (defaults to ’’)


       These examples show how to use the  --announce_list  option  in  a  few

       Try the three trackers (1-3) in sequential order:

       btmakemetafile trackerURL file --announce_list||

       Try the three trackers (1-3) in a randomly selected order:

       btmakemetafile trackerURL file --announce_list,,

       Try  the  main  tracker  (1)  first, then try the two backups (2 and 3)

       btmakemetafile trackerURL file --announce_list|,


       btcompletedir(1),       btcompletedirgui(1),       btmaketorrentgui(1),
       btshowmetainfo(1), bittorrent-downloader(1).


       This  manual  page  was  written  by  Cameron Dale <>
       (based  on  the  original  man  pages   written   by   Micah   Anderson
       <>)  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.