So you edited default transmission-daemon settings file (
/etc/default/transmission-daemon) then restarted the daemon and nothing happened? Well... thanks to this thread on unix.stackexchange.com I learned that transmission-daemon is managed by
systemctl and because of that
init.d scripts that use mentioned default config are ignored.
To tell the daemon that you want him to create a pid and a log files you need to edit
/lib/systemd/system/transmission-daemon.service file to look like this:
[Unit] Description=Transmission BitTorrent Daemon After=network.target [Service] User=debian-transmission Type=notify RuntimeDirectory=transmission-daemon LogsDirectory=transmission-daemon ExecStart=/usr/bin/transmission-daemon -f --log-error --log-debug --logfile /var/log/transmission-daemon/transmission.log --pid-file /run/transmission-daemon/transmission.pid ExecStop=/bin/kill -s STOP $MAINPID ExecReload=/bin/kill -s HUP $MAINPID [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
RuntimeDirectorytells systemd to create
/runowned by daemon's user. We want this because the daemon runs under
debian-transmissionusername which doesn't have access to the
/runso it won't be able to write to this directory.
LogsDirectorytells systemd to create
/var/log. Reasoning is the same as above.
Now you can restart the daemon (don't forget about systemctl daemon-reload before restarting) and the log and the pid files should be in place.