µTorrent is told to run on Linux through Wine. Well – version 1.8.3 does not, at least not for me. I’m using Jaunty Jackalope (9.04, x86_64), and the installation process just stops after the last button press.
The installation window disappears but doesn’t actually crash. The log on the console ends with these lines:
fixme:wininet:InternetSetOptionW Option INTERNET_OPTION_SECURITY_FLAGS; STUB fixme:heap:RtlCompactHeap (0x5d0000, 0x0) stub
Unfortunately I haven’t found the reason, why it’s not working. But after a while I’ve just tried an older version (1.8.2), and it instantly start working right after the installation.
I’ve been using this version:
- Original site: µTorrent 1.8.2 [268KiB]
- My mirror: µTorrent 1.8.2 [268KiB]
I don’t really know, if the old version might be insecure or very outdated, but I simply wanted to see how µTorrent is performing anyway. In comparison to Ktorrent, µTorrent offers a nice Season and Episode catcher in the RSS feed catcher.
But the reason why I really wanted to try out µTorrent, was that people at The Pirate Bay (TPB) reported, that the new personalized RSS feed service works just fine with µTorrent, but not with Ktorrent.
The idea behind this personalized RSS feed, every registered user at TPB automatically gets, is that where ever in the world you are, you can simply add a search result (torrent) by klicking the link: “Add this torrent to personal RSS” and your Torrent client, which was previously configured with this RSS feed, starts to download this torrent. Pretty smart.
Well, that’s the theory – at least for me. I first added this feed to Ktorrent, and kTorrent gave me a:
Failed to load feed http://rss.thepiratebay.org/user/axxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx !
then I’ve read, it should work with µTorrent flawlessly. It does not for me. Although I’ve managed to make this µTorrent version 1.8.2 work on Linux and also installed the version 1.8.3 on a Windows XP box, the RSS feed isn’t working for me. And in all Browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera) on Linux and Windows I’m getting a 404 – Page not found, if I follow this RSS link.
I’m beginning to think, it’s not my fault…
Anyway, as soon as I do have a solution for these two problems
- TPB RSS feed not working either in KTorrent nor in µTorrent
- Installation of µTorrent version 1.8.3 fails on Linux
I will post it here.
I’ve found a workaround to install version 1.8.3. Do the following:
- Install uTorrent 1.8.2 first
- Copy the content of “
Application Data/uTorrent” into “
Program Files/uTorrent“. Do:
cd ~/.wine/drive_c cp "./windows/profiles/$USER/Application Data/uTorrent/"* /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/uTorrent/
- Now download version 1.8.3, don’t start it, but copy it into “~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/uTorrent/” and call it “uTorrent.exe”“.
you can replace $USER with your own user if this environment variable shouldn’t be set for some strange reasons.