Transmission daemon: remove finished torrents

In transmission-daemon, downloaded torrents stay listed as long as they are not manually removed. In order to get them flushed automatically, the following command run by cron can help:

transmission-remote -l | grep 100% | grep Done | \
awk '{print $1}' | xargs -n 1 -I % transmission-remote -t % -r

In order to add this to cron, the “%”-symbols have to be escaped with a leading slash like this:

*/5 * * * * /usr/bin/transmission-remote -l | grep 100\% | grep Done | awk '{print $1}' | xargs -n 1 -I \% /usr/bin/transmission-remote -t \% -r
  1. An improvement on your solution ( though it works ).

    For higher performance use : /5 * * * * root transmission-remote -l | grep Done | awk ‘{print $1}’ | grep -o ‘[0-9]‘ | tr “\\n” “,” | xargs -n 1 -I % transmission-remote -t % -r

    this avoids having to call transmission repeatedly and instead deletes everything in one go (:

  2. Another way if you want to remove all torrents at once (assuming everything finished).

    transmission-remote –auth user:pass -tall –remove

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