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I installed xubuntu and transmission daemon, set the download path to my home/user/TV shows, and get a permission denied when trying to download torrents through transmission.

I tried chmod -r 777 on this folder without success.

please help!

output of ps -ef | grep transmission

chen@htpc:~$ ps -ef | grep transmission
109       1023     1  1 21:46 ?        00:00:35 /usr/bin/transmission-daemon --config-dir /var/lib/transmission-daemon/info

chen@htpc:~$ ps aux | grep transmission
109       1023  3.2  0.4  47684 16620 ?        Ssl  21:46   1:20     /usr/bin/transmission-daemon --config-dir /var/lib/transmission-daemon/info
chen      1852  0.0  0.0   4200   772 pts/0    S+   22:27   0:00 grep --color=auto transmission

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Can you add the output of ps -ef | grep transmission to the question. I don't think transmission-daemon has the right to write to home dirs by default. –  mikewhatever Nov 23 '12 at 20:09
I added it, how do I add permissions to this user ? –  Chen Kinnrot Nov 23 '12 at 20:18
Well, I was after the name of the user it runs under, but it's not shown. Try ps aux | grep transmission instead. –  mikewhatever Nov 23 '12 at 20:25
Hm..., it looks like its username it 109 - kind of odd. –  mikewhatever Nov 23 '12 at 20:39
This is really bizarre, but it should be running under debian-transmission, not sure why it shows a stupid number. You can verify that with id debian-transmission. –  mikewhatever Nov 23 '12 at 20:46

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Assuming the path to the download folder is /home/chen/TV shows, run the following:

  • add chen to the debian-transmission group

    sudo usermod -a -G debian-transmission chen

  • change the folder ownership

    sudo chgrp debian-transmission /home/chen/TV\ shows

  • grant write access to the group

    sudo chmod 770 /home/chen/TV\ shows

  • Stop the deamon with sudo service transmission-daemon stop

  • The last thing to do is change the file creation mask, so that the downloaded files would be writeable by chen.

    sudo nano /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json

    ...and change "umask": 18 to "umask": 2. Hit ctrl+o to save and ctrl+x to exit.

    Start the daemon with sudo service transmission-daemon start

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This is a permission issue based on the user ID that is running Transmission. Transmission sets up a default user that you might not expect on first install. The user name is debian-transmission.

I will explain how to change that:

  1. Stop the Transmission daemon sudo service transmission-daemon stop
  2. Open the Transmission config file for editing: sudo nano /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon
  3. Find the line that says USER=debian-transmission and change it to the user that owns the folder in question. If you are not concerned about security issues, you can also use USER=root in this file. (Not advised, but good for troubleshooting).
  4. Alternatively (instead of point number 3), modify the /etc/fstab folder to mount the folder with correct permissions for the user that runs the transmission-daemon.
  5. Start the Transmission daemon sudo service transmission-daemon start
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This might be an apparmor profile problem. Transmission runs under the sanitized_helper profile in apparmor.

Look for complaints in /var/log/kern.log. grep transm /var/log/kern.log, particularly just after trying to run transmission and it failing.

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I had same issue, and that was a mistake I had made when sym-linking the transmission download directory to my home/user/ directory, I changed the ownership of the sym-linked file which by consequence also changed the ownership of the transmission 'download' directory...

I just chowned back to 'debian-transmission' ownership and it worked like a charm (without need to restart service)

#chown debian-transmission:debian-transmission /var/lib/transmission/downloads

(well, you'll have to check according your own linux distribution what is the right owner and eventually also your right path to the downloads directory)

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