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Old 2005-03-09, 05:54 PM
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Setting up my own tracker

I'm looking into setting up my own tracker. My ISP does a shared hosting package for 50 a year which includes 50 MB web space and 1 GB/month bandwidth. Is that a lot? How many torrents could I host on that? I can envisage this tracker becoming quite popular, but I've read that BT trackers generally don't use a great deal of space or bandwidth.

Also, what tracker software would you guys recommend? I'm fairly competent technically, but I have no experience of PHP, MySQL or Unix. Would I need to learn those in any great depth just to run a tracker?

Regarding the tracker software, I'd be looking for something that's easy to install and run, and it must be configurable so that only registered users can download and upload torrents. Ideally, only registered users would be able to view what's on the tracker and it would have share ratios too.

Thanks for any help offered!
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Old 2005-03-09, 06:50 PM
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Old 2005-03-09, 06:56 PM
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check out for the tracker
and for the hosting. If you don't get tons of traffic you can survive on about 10GBP/year for 100mb space and 1gb bandwith
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Old 2005-03-09, 07:35 PM
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great thread!
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Old 2005-03-10, 09:15 AM
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Re: Setting up my own tracker

First of all, I'd check with your ISP to make sure they hosting they give you is allowed to have a tracker on it. As we all know, the now-defunct EDJ opted to ignore a similar stipulation with their hosting service, and got spanked for it. Make sure your host is BT-friendly ahead of time.

As for trackers, there are lots of free packages out there. Lynne has researched this more than I have, and I'll PM her and ask her to pop into this thread and comment further. But even with these packages, I would recommend you get familiar with mySQL and PHP. Depending on the your host, you may or may not need to learn any Unix commands...but I doubt this will be a problem.

mySQL and PHP are really quite easy, the former even more so since you're not planning on actually setting up the server, but rather just maintaining the site. Your host will have the mySQL server configured for you, so you'll just need to learn how to build SQL queries and maintain the database. PHP is a bit more invovled, but is really quite a simple language. I was able to pickup a good deal of it over 2 weeks I spent playing around with my new personal website recently, and I have a very weak programming background. Check out for information.

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Old 2005-03-11, 05:17 AM
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Re: Setting up my own tracker

OK, thanks for the help everyone. Eniki seem to be a lot cheaper than my ISP for space, bandwidth and domain name registration and they're OK with BT trackers too. This tracker software looks quite good, but I won't know until I've paid for the hosting. I'll see how it goes.
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Old 2005-03-12, 12:11 PM
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Don't know the deal with this
Originally Posted by Dragonnnnn
Comments were originally designed as a place to have an open discussion about a torrent, in an easily accessible location, hence on the torrent page. *It was never intended to be a place to show 'gratitude'. *Its purpose was to discuss any issues that might arise from the torrent, give informed opinions about the torrent, notification of any problems with said torrent, ask for different formats, etc.

Then it devolved into this thankfest thing that, while stroking the uploader's ego, is absolutely useless for any real purpose.

This whole 'thanks whoring' thing is a fairly recent phenomenon, and is in fact a bastardization of what the feature was intended for.

Personally, the # of people who download one of my uploads tells me far more about whether or not I did good than any number of 'Thank You!s' ever will.
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