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annoying customer

26 Jan, 2013 10:29 PM

Hello Victor,

Thank you for this application. It might save some time in the future and what is more valuable than time?
It does not work as I had hoped though. There are issues that make it less of set-and-forget than I`d wish.

  1. Sometimes I get an error message that the internet connection might not be on although it is and Transmission is also running already.

  2. Transmission does not automatically download. Instead I am asked to select the save location. I am aware that I could change this in Transmissions preferences, but this would not be good for material other than TV shows. A solution would be that I install another torrent client only for TV shows and have TVShows send the torrents to the torrent app that I select in its preferences. I think this currently isnt possible.

  3. I dont want to have my torrent client started by TVShows. It should only add new torrents to the torrent client if the torrent client is already running. The reason is that I have torrents on an external drive that is not always mounted when I log in. If Transmission starts before the drive is mounted, I will get an error message and I manually have to re-activate quite a number of torrents. I have tried TVShows today for the first time and dont know if it would start Transmission if a new episode is available and Transmission isn`t running already. If it does this by default, I would like to switch this behavior in its preferences.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Cristina Gómez on 29 Jan, 2013 03:04 PM

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    Hi annoying customer (weird name, users who have questions are not annoying at all ;) ),

    Let's see if I can explain/solve your issues:

    1. The internet connection message is usually displayed when TVShows doesn't have access to the torrent file. If you have internet connection, then your ISP is probably blocking The Pirate Bay, which is where most of our torrents come from. If that's the case, you need to activate the "prioritize magnets" option in TVShows preferences, this way access to TPB is not needed. But keep reading, this option is incompatible with the solution to your issue #3 :(

    2. This issue is strange combined with #1, usually when one happens the other one doesn't. This happens when you have "same as torrent" as the destination folder in Transmission and you activated magnets in TVShows. Since with magnets there is no torrent file, Transmission doesn't know where "same as torrent" is and it needs to ask you every time where to save each file.

    3. TVShows has an option to "automatically open torrent files after downloading" (this option launches your torrent manager even if it isn't running), if you uncheck that it will only download the torrent files to the destination folder set in TVShows and you can manage that folder however you want. But as I said in #1, this is not compatible with magnets. The reason is simple: with magnets there is no torrent file, so TVShows can only launch the torrent manager or do nothing at all, it can't go half way. On the other hand, leaving magnets aside, if your destination folder is not mounted TVShows could not even download a torrent file there.

    For your configuration, I would suggest the following:

    • Activate magnets so you don't depend on access to TPB.
    • Keep TVShows off and manually activate it when you know the external device is mounted.
  2. 2 Posted by Manu on 09 Feb, 2013 10:57 PM

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    I do want to point out 'Groups' in Transmission can be very handy to auto-organize you're downloaded torrents/magnet links.

    I currently have set it up so that the 'TV' group automatically assigns this group to new transfers based on criteria. This group also has a 'custom location' so all TV shows go to a certain location.

    The criteria I use you can see in the attached screenshot.

    Again it might not work 100% of the time but it should work most of the time.

  3. 3 Posted by annoying custom... on 15 Feb, 2013 07:01 PM

    annoying customer's Avatar is not blocked.
    I do occasionally have particular episodes of shows (shameless US, person of interest for example) that can`t be downloaded with tv shows while the other episodes work.
    Example: Person of Interest S2 E13
    Unsubscribing the show and adding again does not solve this.

    By the way: is a tracker specialized in tv shows. Would work as an alternative in case PB is really blocked.

  4. 4 Posted by annoying custom... on 15 Feb, 2013 07:02 PM

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    "annoying customer" is the name of a cat in the movie Clerks which is highly recommended (don`t bother Clerks 2 or Mallrates etc. all crab... but Clerks is cool)

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Cristina Gómez on 23 Sep, 2013 01:24 PM

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    Sorry for the late reply. Is this still happening? If it is, could you send us the log (About tab -> View logs, please paste the content into a text file and attach it to the message) and point out the episodes that cause the error message?

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