Setting up Clutch for Transmission

Setting up Clutch for Transmission on fonz’s fun_plug 0.5 is rather straight forward. You would need to know your TRANSMISSION_HOME folder. It would most likely be either “/mnt/HD_a2/.transmission” or “/mnt/HD_a4/.transmission”. If you are using DNS-313, most likely you will be using the latter.

Downloading the required files
Telnet to your NAS and execute the following commands

/ # cd /mnt/HD_a2
/mnt/HD_a2 # wget
Connecting to (
php-5.2.6-2.tgz 100% |*******************************| 6414k 00:00:00 ETA
/mnt/HD_a2 #

Setting up PHP and lighttpd

/mnt/HD_a2 # funpkg -i php-5.2.6-2.tgz
Installing package php-5.2.6-2 …
/mnt/HD_a2 # cp /ffp/etc/examples/lighttpd.conf-with-php /ffp/etc/lighttpd.conf
/mnt/HD_a2 # mkdir -p /mnt/HD_a2/www/pages /mnt/HD_a2/www/logs

Downloading Clutch

/mnt/HD_a2 # wget
Connecting to (
Clutch-0.4.tar.gz 100% |*******************************| 155k 00:00:00 ETA
/mnt/HD_a2 #

Setting up Clutch

/mnt/HD_a2 # tar xf Clutch-0.4.tar.gz -C /mnt/HD_a2/www/pages/
/mnt/HD_a2 # mv /mnt/HD_a2/www/pages/Clutch-0.4/ /mnt/HD_a2/www/pages/clutch

if you are using DNS-313

/mnt/HD_a2 # echo “/mnt/HD_a4/.transmission/daemon/socket” > /mnt/HD_a2/www/pages/clutch/remote/data/socket.txt


/mnt/HD_a2 # echo “/mnt/HD_a2/.transmission/daemon/socket” > /mnt/HD_a2/www/pages/clutch/remote/data/socket.txt

Starting up lighttpd

/mnt/HD_a2 # chmod a+x /ffp/start/
/mnt/HD_a2 # sh /ffp/start/ start
Starting /ffp/sbin/lighttpd -f /ffp/etc/lighttpd.conf

Accessing your Clutch
Now surf to http://<NAS’s IP>:8080/clutch/ to use your transmission!

Note: If you encounter “Permission Denied” during the bittorrent session, execute the following  command in telnet:

/ # chmod 0755 -R /mnt/HD_a2/torrents


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21 thoughts on “Setting up Clutch for Transmission

  • June 15, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    hmm, i follow exactly the same step, upload the torrent file but nothing happen

  • June 15, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    tried the same thing and also nothing happens after uploading a torrent using clutch web ui. any idea why?

  • June 15, 2008 at 9:57 pm


    Are you blocking any javascripts on your browser?

  • June 16, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    “Are you blocking any javascripts on your browser?”

    No, javascript enable

  • June 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm


    try downloading a torrent from openoffice to see if it works.

  • June 17, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    torrent frm open office works (torrent)

    think it’s my torrent file that is problematic…
    haiz, so how? do you know anyway to make it work?
    what i realized is that after i click upload, the open file dialog does not goes away (even after a long time)
    then i’ll click cancel. the file which i upload is then locked. i can’t rename nor move the file (on my local hdd).

  • June 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    based on other torrent, the clutch is working fine. now some queries abt clutch.
    1) if say i’m downloading, then off the dns313 via the power on/off button, will the torrents get corrupted?
    2) is there anyway to control the upload and download speed of transmission?

  • June 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm


    1) most bittorrent clients have hash checks so corrupted parts will get downloaded.

    2) check out the options button on the lower left hand corner of clutch.

  • June 17, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    oic ic. thx
    did not see the options button at the lower left corner. it’s too small on my screen. thx a lot 🙂

  • June 18, 2008 at 9:02 pm


    it’s alright. most users didn’t explore the interface. it is not the first time people asked me about it.

  • June 23, 2008 at 6:25 am

    just splendid. I’m still fond of btdownloadcurses (bittornado), but this is almost as versatile and it is *just* the show-off item on my DNS-313!

    Everybody loves a gui and this one works awesome too 🙂

  • June 23, 2008 at 7:58 am


    Yeap, having GUI is an advantage. I wish that Transmission would come with more features like stop seeding after it reaches a certain percentage or even control the number of concurrent torrents.

  • June 24, 2008 at 3:21 am

    torrent frm open office also works for me(torrent), but I got a permission denied. Some torrent I dL from other website doesnt seems to load.

    What port setting do u recommend? Only a single port can be used, right, seems it cant support uPNP

  • August 25, 2008 at 9:25 am

    I keep getting permission denied errors on every torrent I try. I’ve changed permissions as suggested “chmod 0755 -R /mnt/HD_a2/torrents” but still no luck. Tested open office download and that doesn’t work, permission denied.

  • October 1, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Keep getting the “The Transmission daemon does not appear to be running.” error. Have already tried a format+ reinstall of transmission and clutch, but to no effect. Have checked all steps carefully and there were no errors, I did it exactly as the tutorial says… with one exception. I pointed telnet to “php-5.2.6-3.tgz” instead of “…-2.tgz” manually but it installed ok. Have also tried restarting transmission and the NAS (Conceptronic CH3SNAS – similar to DNS-323) on numerous occasions but that also didn’t help. Neither did previous tips…

    Plz help a NAS newb?

  • January 3, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    please help me I do it to setting Clutch it show that “tar invalid magic”
    i’can’t go to next step pleas help me

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