A long time ago, tools like mktorrent were the “in” thing.
kmandla@lv-r1fz6: ~$ mktorrent --help mktorrent 1.0 (c) 2007, 2009 Emil Renner Berthing Usage: mktorrent [OPTIONS] Options: -a, --announce=[,]* : specify the full announce URLs at least one is required additional -a adds backup trackers -c, --comment= : add a comment to the metainfo -d, --no-date : don't write the creation date -h, --help : show this help screen -l, --piece-length= : set the piece length to 2^n bytes, default is 18, that is 2^18 = 256kb -n, --name= : set the name of the torrent default is the basename of the target -o, --output= : set the path and filename of the created file default is .torrent -p, --private : set the private flag -t, --threads= : use threads for calculating hashes default is 2 -v, --verbose : be verbose -w, --web-seed=[,]* : add web seed URLs additional -w adds more URLs Please send bug reports, patches, feature requests, praise and general gossip about the program to: firstname.lastname@example.org
No, no screenshot this time. Try something different. And save you some bandwidth, since I don’t have anything to show anyhow. 😦
They were the “in” thing, before every torrent client and its grandmother offered to make torrent metainfo files for you, register them with a tracker, upload them, make coffee for you and do your laundry.
Now it just looks quaint, to think you had to include all those extra flags and a tracker and so forth. It’s like a horse and cart. Or a fax machine. Or a CD. 🙄
On the other hand, mktorrent still works (no, I didn’t try it this time, but I did use it last year), and it is a console-only solution to what has otherwise fallen to graphical programs to handle.
And so long as it still works, might as well keep using it. 😉