Transmission running...but not loaded?


I’ve got quite a funny behavior with transmission. I got suddenly some downloading errors and therefore de-installed it:

dpkg -l | grep transmission
sudo apt-get -y remove transmission-daemon
sudo apt-get purge transmission-daemon
sudo apt-get autoremove

And when I went to MyOSMC App Store to re-install it, it said that it is already installed. I then click on uninstall, but got the following message:

Insufficient space for Update to proceed. Free some storage space and try again later.

Then, I went on ssh and started transmission-daemon… and to my surprise it seems to run (even though magnet files get so an error message stating that Permission is denied). The transmission-daemon.service file is empty, so is the settings.json.

Any idea what is going on (why problem with space suddenly) and how I can get rid of it completely to re-install it cleanly ?

Forgot to add: when I stop the daemon, I get this message

Failed to stop transmission-daemon.service: Unit transmission-daemon.service not loaded.

And when I start it, I get this one:

Failed to start transmission-daemon.service: Unit transmission-daemon.service not found.



Are you sure the sd card has enough free space, what’s the output of: df -h

If space is ok, but you still can’t install from MyOSMC; can you please confirm which raspberry pi you are using?

Regards Tom.

You probably still have the non App Store version installed


Filesystem                   Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs                     204M     0  204M   0% /dev
tmpfs                        461M  632K  461M   1% /run
/dev/mmcblk0p2               6.9G  6.6G     0 100% /
tmpfs                        461M     0  461M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs                        5.0M  4.0K  5.0M   1% /run/lock
/dev/mmcblk0p1               240M   32M  209M  14% /boot  3.6T  2.4T  1.3T  66% /media/music
tmpfs                         93M  4.0K   93M   1% /run/user/1000

Funnily I don’t see my /media/video folder :thinking:…this is where I load my videos… But I guess not where transmission is installed (locally on my SD card - where there is still space)

Not sure how to remove it completely though… why did the command I used not work ?

Your root partition is completely full. You are going to have many strange issues until you find out what bloat is taking it up and you free up some space there.

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That is exactly your issue. I assume the mounting of your video folder failed and the downloads were written to the SD card (into /nedia/video)

Remove the files from /media/videos/ and mount your remote server afterwards and you should than be able to install transmission (if not other stuff is broken while you ran out of space).

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How do I remove the files that were downloaded to root ? I cannot even list any

There is nothing in /media/video… I guess because it’s not mounted anymore. The /media/music though is has the proper folders/files.


What’s the output of:

du -xh / | sort -n -r | head -n 20

This should exclude mounted directories.

Thanks Tom.

Hi Tom,

1016K   /usr/share/kodi/addons/game.controller.snes/resources
1016K   /home/osmc/.kodi/addons/game.controller.snes/resources
1012K   /home/osmc/.kodi/addons/resource.images.catchuptvandmore/resources/channels/it
1000K   /lib/modules/5.10.78-7-osmc/kernel/fs/cifs
975M    /usr
972K    /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/perl/5.32.1/auto/Encode/CN
968K    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pkg_resources
964K    /usr/share/kodi/addons/pvr.nextpvr/resources
964K    /usr/share/kodi/addons/pvr.dvbviewer/resources
964K    /usr/lib/python3.9/asyncio
964K    /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/perl/5.32.1/auto/Encode/TW
960K    /usr/share/kodi/addons/pvr.vbox/resources
956K    /usr/share/transmission
956K    /usr/share/kodi/addons/visualization.fishbmc
956K    /usr/share/kodi/addons/skin.estuary/fonts
956K    /usr/share/kodi/addons/pvr.dvblink/resources
956K    /usr/share/info
952K    /usr/share/transmission/web
952K    /usr/share/kodi/addons/pvr.waipu/resources
948K    /usr/share/kodi/addons/screensaver.greynetic



Apologies please try:

du -x / | sort -n -r | head -n 20

I forgot -h (human readable) breaks the sort.

Regards Tom.

6776836 /
4756980 /home
4756976 /home/osmc
2733984 /home/osmc/Downloads
2733980 /home/osmc/Downloads/test-video
2022816 /home/osmc/.kodi
1241236 /home/osmc/.kodi/userdata
1205820 /home/osmc/.kodi/userdata/Thumbnails
997824 /usr
871456 /var
692600 /var/log
687720 /var/log/journal
687716 /var/log/journal/9ac170b0e8834ca59905ba543f74e9a4
525984 /usr/share
412888 /home/osmc/.kodi/addons
387612 /usr/lib
368652 /home/osmc/.kodi/temp
318840 /home/osmc/.kodi/addons/packages
231548 /usr/share/kodi
223612 /usr/share/kodi/addons

I guess the /Downloads folder is the one that eats up the space with the test-video file…


If I’m reading the output correctly, clearing the test-video would clear about 2gb.

How big is the sd card?

Regards Tom

Ok it was an assumption that transmission wrote there while the mounting failed.
then the first task is to hunt down the big usage files.
The method of @Tom_Doyle is good.

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SD card is 8GB. I indeed removed a bit more than 2GB of data.

Here is the output of df -h

Filesystem                   Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs                     204M     0  204M   0% /dev
tmpfs                        461M  636K  461M   1% /run
/dev/mmcblk0p2               6.9G  3.9G  2.6G  61% /
tmpfs                        461M     0  461M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs                        5.0M  4.0K  5.0M   1% /run/lock
/dev/mmcblk0p1               240M   32M  209M  14% /boot  3.6T  2.4T  1.3T  66% /media/music
tmpfs                         93M  4.0K   93M   1% /run/user/1000

I rebooted already, but cannot find my /media/video listed here… So I guess it failed to mount.

I automount both music and video at startup in etc/fstab…so it is weird that one folder gets mounted (music) but not the other one (video) while they located on the same external drive and under the same main folder… and this out of a sudden !!

I also tried to remove transmission again (who is running on the web interface), but i get message that it is not installed when i check the status or try to remove it… really strange


Which raspberry pi are you trying to run osmc on?

Regards Tom.

Hi, Rpi2 model B

I mounted back the video folder by sudo mount -a, but I’m still wondering how to remove the transmission…that seems not to be installed :upside_down_face:

Any idea ?


What’s the output of:

sudo apt-get install armv7-transmission-app-osmc

Thanks Tom.