TorrentSniff is a command line Perl program that reads a BitTorrent .torrent file from the local file system or from a URL and reports on the status of the torrent.
TorrentSniff is based on an early version of TorrentSpy. (Version 0.1.0.3-BETA, specifically.) TorrentSpy is much more advanced at this point, but is Microsoft Windows only. For comparing various .torrents to see which is best seeded (that is, which has the most full copies available for download), TorrentSniff is good enough.
TorrentSniff is alpha grade software. That is, it hasn't been tested in a terribly wide variety of circumstances. I trust it, but given that it comes with the traditional NO WARRANTY, I just wanted to give you the heads up.
Comments? Email me.
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TorrentSniff is developed on Red Hat 9 and Perl 5.8. It should work on any system with a reasonably recent Perl installation. TorrentSniff requires several Perl modules:
Note that some of the newer BitTorrent tracker implementations don't
support the information request interface (The "scrape" interface).
http://bytemonsoon.com/ (warning, may contain mature content) is one such
site. Ideally these newer tracker implementations will add scrape support.
I'll look into adding a workaround, but for now TorrentSniff can not report
leech and sed statistics on some torrents.
Example comparing two possible sources for Red Hat 9 x86 ISO images, Bram's RedHat 9 ISO's and RPMFind's Torrent Resources:
% ./TorrentSniff.pl http://22.214.171.124/redhat9.torrent http://www.rpmfind.net/BitTorrent/shrike-i386-disc1.iso.torrent http://www.rpmfind.net/BitTorrent/shrike-i386-disc2.iso.torrent http://www.rpmfind.net/BitTorrent/shrike-i386-disc3.iso.torrent http://126.96.36.199/redhat9.torrent info hash: 45e9c61ddc7e41cdeb97c885dc264d34db11181d announce url: http://f.scarywater.net:8080/announce full copies: 39 seeds partial copies: 83 leeches Bytes File 167 redhat9/MD5SUMS-ftp.md5 668,991,488 redhat9/shrike-i386-disc1.iso 677,511,168 redhat9/shrike-i386-disc2.iso 508,592,128 redhat9/shrike-i386-disc3.iso 1,855,094,951 TOTAL http://www.rpmfind.net/BitTorrent/shrike-i386-disc1.iso.torrent info hash: 8a4c7a49fe5e8d7777b196b9ac2d8145160d49f5 announce url: http://www.rpmfind.net:6969/announce full copies: 4 seeds partial copies: 8 leeches Bytes File 668,991,488 shrike-i386-disc1.iso http://www.rpmfind.net/BitTorrent/shrike-i386-disc2.iso.torrent info hash: 0b641556a0a8f81b63c3a83d4bf1aeb47293813e announce url: http://www.rpmfind.net:6969/announce full copies: 3 seeds partial copies: 8 leeches Bytes File 677,511,168 shrike-i386-disc2.iso http://www.rpmfind.net/BitTorrent/shrike-i386-disc3.iso.torrent info hash: b8d1e315139bdc5c024285aa65efc1170f7535a3 announce url: http://www.rpmfind.net:6969/announce full copies: 4 seeds partial copies: 5 leeches Bytes File 508,592,128 shrike-i386-disc3.iso %
Looks like Bram's torrent is much better seeded and will be a better