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. http://127.0.0.1:6969/announce), 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.
These examples show how to use the --announce_list option in a few scenarios.
Try the three trackers (1-3) in sequential order:
btmakemetafile trackerURL file --announce_list http://track1.com|http://track2.com|http://track3.com
Try the three trackers (1-3) in a randomly selected order:
btmakemetafile trackerURL file --announce_list http://track1.com,http://track2.com,http://track3.com
Try the main tracker (1) first, then try the two backups (2 and 3) randomly:
btmakemetafile trackerURL file --announce_list http://track1.com|http://track2.com,http://track3.com
This manual page was written by Cameron Dale <email@example.com> (based on the original man pages written by Micah Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>) for
the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is
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