Deluge Torrent in feisty universe

Flavio Martins xhaker at
Wed Nov 29 17:10:22 GMT 2006

On 11/29/06, Zach Tibbitts <zach at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm one of two developers of the Deluge bittorrent client (the other being
> kripkenstein, who developed the python-libtorrent backend), which as of
> today, shows up in feisty's universe repository.  I mainly wanted to say
> thanks for packaging it and putting it in the repos, but there are a few
> more things I'd like to ask, and I hope this is a proper place to do so.
> (The only contact information I saw for MOTU is this list and IRC, and my
> questions seemed a bit long for IRC).
> First off, we did release 0.4 tarballs yesterday (0.3.1 is in the repo
> now) so I don't know if you'd want to update the package.
> Also, I was wondering if there was a particular reason you bundled
> python-libtorrent into the deluge-torrent deb?  We've been trying to keep
> the two projects separate enough so that other developers could use
> python-libtorrent in their own applications, which is why the debs we've
> released have been separated into python-libtorrent and deluge (which
> depends on python-libtorrent).
> Probably my biggest question, is how exactly did you go about building the
> package?  I'm about to apt-get source it to look at exactly what you did,
> but until now, the packages I've built have been very simplistic, with
> everything in a folder under /usr/lib and a simple script under /usr/bin to
> change into that directory and run it.  I know this isn't the "proper" way
> the files should be distributed, but I'm new at building packages.  If I
> could learn a way to automate the process of building debian packages a
> little better, I'd appreciate it.
> Lastly, and this is sort of an odd question (again, I'll probably poke
> around to figure it out myself), when looking at the files included in your
> deb, I noticed a file: /usr/lib/deluge-torrent/python2.5/Python_libtorrent-
> 0.3.0-py2.5.egg-info, and I was wondering what that file was.  I know what
> a Python .egg file is, and we have discussed using them for a Plugin system,
> but nothing in 0.3 used them.  This is purely a curiosity.
> Some of our more loyal users had encouraged me to contact MOTU to get
> Deluge into the repos, and I was planning on doing that once Deluge became
> more stable, probably around our 0.5 or 0.6 release (we've started on 0.5already, which is a complete code rewrite from
> 0.4, which should result in a nice performance improvement), but you guys
> seem to have found it anyway, so thanks for noticing us.
> This email wound up being more long winded that I intended it to be, but
> as this is my first really "big" software project, I tend to get over
> enthusiastic about it.
> Thanks for reading,
> Zach Tibbitts
> zach at
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