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Kevin McCready
March 19th, 2012, 01:30 AM
I'm trying to find a torrent to download and have never done this before.

I opened Transmission from the menu of Lubuntu and typed in some words in the search box in the upper right part of the program.

The words disappeared and nothing happened. When I hit return the same thing happened.

I read the Transmission help section on the web and I searched these forums, but I am none the wiser.

Can someone tell me how to search for torrents?

haqking
March 19th, 2012, 01:33 AM
I'm trying to find a torrent to download and have never done this before.

I opened Transmission from the menu of Lubuntu and typed in some words in the search box in the upper right part of the program.

The words disappeared and nothing happened. When I hit return the same thing happened.

I read the Transmission help section on the web and I searched these forums, but I am none the wiser.

Can someone tell me how to search for torrents?

google works well

filename torrent or filename.torrent or use a torrent source itself.

obviously only legal activities allowed.

Cheers

Kevin McCready
March 19th, 2012, 01:39 AM
Thanks
Should I make up the filename?
What does a "torrent source itself" mean?
Can't I use transmission to search for a file?

Rodney9
March 19th, 2012, 02:11 AM
No Transmission does not search, however this might help you if you don't like Google -

http://www.liberiangeek.net/2011/11/install-and-use-torrent-search-in-ubuntu-11-10-oneiric-ocelot/


For How-To's, Information and Screen-Casts on Lubuntu go to the
Lubuntu One Stop Thread -

Lubuntu One Stop Thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1844755)

Rodney

Nytram
March 19th, 2012, 06:00 AM
Should I make up the filename?
What does a "torrent source itself" mean?
Can't I use transmission to search for a file?

Type into a Google search something like "torrent ubuntu 11.10" and you'll find web pages with that torrent on them. On the web page you'll find a a link such as "Download torrent" click on this and it should activate Transmission and start downloading. HTH.

HiImTye
March 19th, 2012, 06:23 AM
torrents are files that you download which give the torrent client (i.e. Transmission) information on how to download the resources contained within that file. you will need to find a torrent listing to get a list of torrent files, i.e. isohunt, torrentz, etc.

if you are going to use torrents extensively you may find Transmission not to your needs, by far the most user friendly and powerful GUI based torrent client is kTorrent, but that requires KDE libraries (honestly, I wish there were a better client, so I could get rid of them). there is also a powerful CLI based client called rtorrent but it has a learning curve (as it is CLI based)

make sure all your torrents are legal, of course or you may end up with legal problems

Kevin McCready
March 19th, 2012, 06:31 AM
I found a lot when I searched google for
torrent "my search term"
and I clicked on about 10 of them. Some opened Transmission and others seemed to do nothing but open local porn and dating ads. I guess I'm on a learning curve?

Nytram
March 19th, 2012, 06:35 AM
That can happen a lot, but you'll probably have more luck visiting one of the torrent-specific sites that HiImTye mentions. Often the correct link to click is in small letters, while "Download at full speed" is at headline size and should be avoided. Like you say, it takes a little getting used to.

chipbuster
March 19th, 2012, 07:11 AM
A lot of torrent-hosting sites are just full of ads and other junk. Installing a good ad and scriptblocker might help you find the download link more easily.

mastablasta
March 19th, 2012, 10:24 AM
a good multi torrent search is torrentz that searcheds over multiple torrent sites. however you sitll need to be carefull where and what you click/download.