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i have been trying to configure transmission-daemon so i can connect using the webui avaliable at http://server.ip-address:9091 , but i just get a message telling me that i should either disable the ip address whitelist or add my current ip to it.

I edited the file avaliable at /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json and modify the rpc-whitelist-enabled parameter to false, save the file and restart the service with: sudo service transmission-daemon restart. After that i double-check the settings.json i just modified just to discover that all my changes have been undone. What is goin on here?, any one else have seen this behaviour before?

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Okay... just discovered what was going on, if you edit the settings.json file you must restart the service with: sudo invoke-rc.d transmission-daemon reload – AcidRod75 Feb 5 '13 at 23:28
Transmission daemon rewirtes the config file on exit. To edit it without overwrite you have to sudo service transmission-daemon stop before editing. – con-f-use Feb 5 '13 at 23:30
@con-f-use Please put your comment as an answer. It deserves to be accepted as the correct response. – Zoot Oct 9 '13 at 21:02
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Transmission daemon re-wirtes the configuration file with the old options when it's exits. To make your changes persist, you need to edit the configuration file without the deamon running. So first:

sudo stop transmission-daemon

Or if you did not install it via Software Center / Official repositories:

sudo killall -HUP transmission-da

Afterwards you can edit the settings.json as you would expect and then restart transmission:

sudo start transmission-daemon 
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