Copyright © 2010 Gwendal Le Bihan
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Torrent Search is an application for the Gnome Desktop Environment, allowing to search for torrent files on several websites, making it easier to the find the torrent you want.
We hope that as a user you will help us improve Torrent Search even further by providing feedback. Both good and bad experiences / suggestions contribute equally well. If you are a developer and wish to help by coding, or a translator / documenter then your contributions on those fronts will also be welcomed gratefully.
Visit http://torrent-search.gwendallebihan.net/ for the latest news about Torrent Search.
The following libraries are required to install and run Torrent Search :
python 2.6 or higher
gettext 0.17 or higher
python-gtk2 2.12 or higher
python-libxml2 2.7.6 or higher
python-httplib2 0.6.0-1 or higher
python-dbus 0.83.0 or higher
The way to install Torrent Search on your system depends on your operating system :
Download the debian package (.deb) and double-click on the downloaded file : the package manager will be launched and installation will start once you click on Install this package.
You can also use the command line : gdebi /path/to/file.
Download the source tarball (.tar.gz) and extract it. Then, from the command line, run the following commands :
python setup.py install
You can start Torrent Search in the following ways:
Type torrent-search, then press Return.
Here is a description of the arguments that can be used when launching Torrent Search from the command line.
Show help message and exit
Show version number and exit
Run a search on startup
Do not check for plugins updates
These options should be used by developers only.
Set path to the share folder
Load a plugin from a specific path
Quit the application
Show this documentation, focusing of the section correponding to the active widget, if possible
Show the "About" dialog
To start searching for torrents, simply enter your search query in the searchbar entry, then press Return or click on results list in the Search results box.. Your search results will appear in the
To modify search options, click on the Search options expander under the searchbar. You will see the following box appear:
You can set some filters to view only the results you are interested in. You don't have to rerun the search when you modify options, as the filters are applied immediatly.
Some plugins might not handle the Filter duplicates filter.
When you run a search, the torrents matching your criterias will appear in the results list. The number of results indicated in the Search results box title is the total number of results : if you selected some filters in the Search options, the number of results displayed will not be the same as the one in the title.
To download a torrent file, double-click on the line of the corresponding result or right-click on the line and select Download from the menu. The download progress will appear in the Downloads sidebar.
The Downloads sidebar will show the progress for the different downloads you requested. Once a download is completed, the line is removed from the list.
Active downloads appear with a green background, failed ones with a red background.
While a download is in Waiting state, you can cancel it by selecting Cancel in the menu accessible by a right-click. Once it has started, a download can no longer be canceled.
When a file fails to download, you can choose to retry or cancel the download by right-clicking on the line.
In the Torrent files box, you can choose what you want to do with torrent files once they are downloaded. You can either save them in a folder, open them with an application recognized to handle torrent files or choose an application of your own to open them.
Here you can choose whether you want Torrent Search to check for plugins updates on startup. This is recommended. However, if you choose to disable automatic update, you can run it manually by clicking on the button.
In this tab, you will see a list of the available search plugins. If you feel like a plugin does not work or produces bad results, you can disable it by unchecking the checkbox in the Enable column.
Please also report any bug you might notice. See the Reporting bugs section for more informations on reporting bugs.
Torrent Search uses plugins to search for torrent files on different websites. This way, new websites can be very easily added without the need of installing a new version of the software.
Plugins will be updated at each startup of Torrent Search, unless you disabled this option in the preferences dialog.
If you would like a new website to be handled, please report to the Requesting a new plugin section.
If you want to develop new plugins, see the Developing plugins section.
If you think that a plugin for a website you know about would be a good addition to Torrent Search, please go to the "Feature Requests" tracker on Sourceforge, or post a message on the "Suggest new search websites" thread of the forum.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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