SickRage issue with Torcache

Symptoms

  • SickRage not downloading any torrent.
  • You could see the following in your SickRage logs :2015-01-15 22:51:05 WARNING SEARCHQUEUE-DAILY-SEARCH :: Connection error HTTPConnectionPool(host='torcache.net', port=80): Max retries exceeded with url: /torrent/92C32E1489F5248616C25AA2FF08EAB47FB29B66.torrent (Caused by : [Errno 11001] getaddrinfo failed) while loading URL http://torcache.net/torrent/92C32E1489F5248616C25AA2FF08EAB47FB29B66.torrent

Possible cause

  • Your ISP might be blocking the torcache.net domain

How to validate ISP blocking

Using terminal, ping torcache
ping http://torcache.net

If you get this,
ping: unknown host http://torcache.net

then validate torcache is not down by using this website

If you get something like this

Torcache status

Torcache status

Then your ISP is blocking the domain.

How to overcome ISP blocking

To overcome the limitation, you need to use an alternative DNS. There are a lot of free and paid DNS out there, just use Google. You then have too ways of changing that.

Router settings

Navigate to your router settings and add the new DNS server (ie: 8.8.8.8 – Google’s one)

Ubuntu network settings

This option is better if you don’t want to change the router settings. I don’t use Network Manager so I’m not sure if this solution works for everyone. I’m using Ubuntu 14.10

Add this to your /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf
append domain-name-servers 8.8.8.8;

This way, you don’t loose your ISP DNS entries, you just add additional ones for the hosts he doesn’t find.

After the change, reboot and then you’re good to go
PING torcache.net (95.215.61.199) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 95.215.61.199: icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=72.6 ms
64 bytes from 95.215.61.199: icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=51.1 ms
64 bytes from 95.215.61.199: icmp_seq=3 ttl=53 time=39.5 ms
64 bytes from 95.215.61.199: icmp_seq=4 ttl=53 time=61.3 ms

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