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All you need is a web server with php. This script pulls the feed from mininova, replaces some text and then creates a local copy to keep the load off of mininova. Hope this helps someone else...


header("Cache-Control: post-check=0, pre-check=0", false);
header("Pragma: no-cache");
header("Expires: Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT");
header("Last-Modified: " . gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s") . " GMT");
header("Cache-Control: no-cache, no-store, must-revalidate");

function getMiniNova(){
$filename = 'mininova.rss';
$lastmodify = date ("YmdHis", filemtime($filename));
$now = date ("YmdHis", mktime(date("h"), date("i") - 15, date("s"), date("m"), date("d"), date("Y")));
if ($now > $lastmodify){
$s_url = 'http://www.mininova.org/rss.xml';
$o_ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt ($o_ch, CURLOPT_URL, $s_url);
curl_setopt ($o_ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);
curl_setopt ($o_ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
$s_html = curl_exec ($o_ch);
curl_close ($o_ch);
$s_html = str_replace("http://www.mininova.org/tor/", "http://www.mininova.org/get/", $s_html);

$handle = fopen($filename, 'w');
fwrite($handle, $s_html);
$s_html = $s_html;
} else {
$handle = fopen($filename, "r");
$contents = fread($handle, filesize($filename));
$s_html = $contents;

return $s_html;

$data = getMiniNova();
echo $data;

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Hm, if you've already got a webserver running, why not just output the result to the client instead of writing it to file? In that way, you can just tell µTorrent to connect to http://localhost:port/path/mininova.php (or whatever you name the file). Saves a bit of unnecessary/extra disk read/writes (very minor, but still, more elegant).

The functionality behind this is not unlike the functionality behind RSSatellite (on-the-fly text replacement for RSS feeds), only RSSatellite behaves as I've described (output to client instead of disk).

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My original thought was to post this on a server that I have and allow people to pull from it, but then I started to think of possible legal problems so I thought I would post it for everyone to use on their own. Writing to a file would create a cache so I wouldn't have to pull from mininova everytime someone requested the feed. I've been using utorrent from the start, but I just started reading the forums, I was not aware of RSSatellite (plus I am a code geek ;-))

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The only reason I'd suggest this is that µTorrent currently doesn't support local RSS feeds unless they're hosted on a local webserver. µTorrent 1.8, IINM, should "fix" this lack, but until then, the stored file is unusable in µTorrent anyway. Really, though, I never thought about the caching aspect, and when looked at in that way, I guess your solution makes sense :P

Edit: Er, just realized that you're writing to a hosted location anyway :| Nevermind xD

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