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I'm not going to explain how to install all the applications, I will only explain which folder structure we recommend.


Folder Structure

Attention

It doesn't really matter which path you use for your media and appdata,

the only thing you should avoid is /home.

Because user folders in /home are expected to have some restrictive permissions.

It just could end up creating a permissions mess, so it's better to just avoid entirely.

For this example we're going to make use of a share called data.

The data folder has sub-folders for torrents and usenet and each of these have sub-folders for tv, movie and music downloads to keep things neat. The media folder has nicely named TV, Movies and Music sub-folders, this is your library and what you’d pass to Plex, Emby or JellyFin.

In this examples I'm using lower case on all folder on purpose, being Linux is case sensitive.

data
├── torrents
│  ├── movies
│  ├── music
│  └── tv
├── usenet
│  ├── movies
│  ├── music
│  └── tv
└── media
   ├── movies
   ├── music
   └── tv

Breakdown of the Folder Structure

Torrent clients

qBittorrent, Deluge, ruTorrent

The reason why we use /data/torrents for the torrent client is because it only needs access to the torrent files. In the torrent software settings, you’ll need to reconfigure paths and you can sort into sub-folders like /data/torrents/{tv|movies|music}.

data
└── torrents
   ├── movies
   ├── music
   └── tv

Usenet clients

NZBGet or SABnzbd

The reason why we use /data/usenet for the usenet client is because it only needs access to the usenet files. In the usenet software settings, you’ll need to reconfigure paths and you can sort into sub-folders like /data/usenet/{tv|movies|music}.

data
└── usenet
   ├── movies
   ├── music
   └── tv

The arr(s)

Sonarr, Radarr and Lidarr

Sonarr, Radarr and Lidarr gets access to everything because the download folder(s) and media folder will look like and be one file system. Hard links will work and moves will be atomic, instead of copy + delete.

data
├── torrents
│  ├── movies
│  ├── music
│  └── tv
├── usenet
│  ├── movies
│  ├── music
│  └── tv
└── media
   ├── movies
   ├── music
   └── tv

Media Server

Plex, Emby, JellyFin and Bazarr

Plex, Emby, JellyFin and Bazarr only needs access to your media library, which can have any number of sub folders like Movies, Kids Movies, TV, Documentary TV and/or Music as sub folders.

data
└── media
   ├── movies
   ├── music
   └── tv

Don't forget to look at the Examples how to setup the paths inside the applications.

Permissions

Recursively chown user and group and Recursively chmod to 775/664

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /data
sudo chmod -R a=,a+rX,u+w,g+w /data

Last update: October 24, 2021 13:25:04
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