It is a really bad idea to run uTorrent (or any server software for that matter) as root, even if the linked post instructed you to. That is really bad advice. You should create a separate user using
adduser and run uTorrent as that user. You don't even need to install it into
/usr/local, just put uTorrent in the new user's home directory.
Is uTorrent really what you need? It is closed source and hasn't been regularly updated. There are various open-source clients available, even the default
Transmission has a web interface.
Here is how I'd do it. Of course if you want a service etc. you'd need to look that up separately. This is just the very simple version:
$ sudo apt-get -y install libssl0.9.8
$ sudo adduser torrent
$ sudo cp ~/Downloads/utserver.tar.gz /home/torrent/
$ sudo su - torrent
$ ln -s ~/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ ~/utorrent
$ cd ~/utorrent
$ unzip webui
$ mkdir maint torrents.queue torrents.active
$ cat << EOF > ~/utorrent/utserver.conf
$ ./utorrent/utserver -settingspath /home/torrent/utorrent/ &
Now uTorrent runs as user
torrent, the web UI is available on
admin, no password. Files will be downloaded to
/home/torrent/Downloads/. If you need to download to any other directory, make sure that the
torrent user has write permissions to the directory. If you have a desktop interface installed, you could also run it as your desktop user.
You can stop the server forcibly by issuing
sudo pkill utserver (which will kill uTorrent), or whatever the recommended way to stop it is.