I must’ve done something right, for a change

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of image hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

Sometimes it seems like all my notes here are mistakes I made, or strange behavior that I have to remind myself of what I did to work around it.

A perfect example is the network speed on my rtorrent slave, which has, within present memory, not gotten much better than 60kbps no matter what I’m downloading … torrents or direct links. I’ve tried everything from sysctl.conf parameters to completely new and different distros, but I kept hitting a glass ceiling.

But this morning, lo and behold, on a fresh Crux 2.5 system with rtorrent 0.8.2 and libtorrent 0.12.2 on that Samsung hard drive I mentioned, I’m getting download speeds where they ought to be — something in the range of 1Mbps. I wouldn’t lie about something like that.

I don’t know what to thank for that: Crux, which is different and more up-to-date compared to the Arch system I had installed; rtorrent, which has DHT enabled in versions after 0.8.0, if I remember right; or the hard drive … which I am quite skeptical of somehow releasing a 60kbps cap on network speeds.

But somewhere in the configuration or setup or general mishandling, I managed to set that system free. So there it is — a machine literally half alive, recovered from a garbage heap, running at a fraction of the speed new machines can handle, catching torrents from my network (and a friend too, actually), downloading them automagically and seeding them equally easily … and now with proper network speeds too.

Oh, happy day. ;)

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3 Responses to “I must’ve done something right, for a change”

  1. 1 Primo 2008/12/07 at 7:18 PM

    How do you know that your ISP doesn’t throttle bittorrent?

  2. 2 K.Mandla 2008/12/07 at 10:34 PM

    Well, mostly because I had gotten proper torrent download speeds on that machine and other routed through the same hardware, only a few months ago. And because the speeds I have now are far and beyond anything I was getting even as recently as last week. I guess I know it doesn’t throttle because I get better speeds now. ;)

  1. 1 Crux 2.5 released « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/12/19 at 8:43 AM

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