I'm still suffering from the problems I described in this post, and since I can't find a solution I've come up with a workaround. I'm thinking if I can use cron to schedule a restart of the transmission-daemon service on reboot then it will automatically load up the correct settings.json file and solve the issue. I can write the cron script, but I don't even know how I would go about writing the script that cron would call to get transmission-daemon to restart. If anyone has done anything similar or could point me in the direction of a tutorial that explains it I would appreciate it.


  • Try sudo grep transmission /var/log/* to see if it has indicated any problems there.
    – goldilocks
    Dec 5 '14 at 19:20

Put this in the crontab of root:

@reboot /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon restart

But I would still recommend to do it "the right way", with the command

sudo update-rc.d transmission-daemon defaults

More details in the Debian documentation: https://www.debian-administration.org/article/28/Making_scripts_run_at_boot_time_with_Debian

  • I'd already tried the right way, it didn't make a difference. Either way, the crontab command you wrote has fixed the problem so thanks :) Dec 5 '14 at 11:53
  • Actually it didn't, it worked for a couple of restarts but has now stopped again. No idea why. Dec 5 '14 at 12:18
  • Can you find anything useful in /var/log? sudo grep -r transmission /var/log might give you a clue. Dec 5 '14 at 13:11
  • I'm not sure what I'm looking at, but it stopped working when I restarted with a torrent downloading. I can't see anything obvious at the time that it stopped working. Any idea what I'd be looking for? Dec 5 '14 at 13:36
  • No, not really. At this point it isn't Raspberry Pi specific so I would suggest that you head over to either Askubuntu or Unix&Linux, two other StackOverflow sites with a lot more Linux users. Good luck! Dec 9 '14 at 12:34

I've managed to do an ugly workaround by just changing the @reboot to @hourly. Unfortunately this means it pauses any torrents that are queued but I'll just keep an eye on it. Thanks for your help anyway.

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