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- davemex - 2010-08-03 18:10
zulemara Wrote:cool, thanks for the info! What if I were to rip the DVD to my other computer, then transfer it over the network and put it into the location on the linux box that is needed for it to be read?
Honestly that's exactly what I've done the couple times I did need to rip a DVD! Since you can map the drives on the server to your other computer's you can copy it over just as easy as if it was stored locally.
Question about the SortTV script - marcozd - 2010-08-03 19:02
I working my way through making something similar to your setup, but I don't know how to specify the location I want my TV shows to go using this SortTV script.
I just want know how to specify the location it moves the files to: for example:
would be the directory where I would want all of the tv shows moved to
So if I set it up to get the episodes of House, then it would go to:
Thanks for your time.
- zulemara - 2010-08-03 19:36
davemex Wrote:Honestly that's exactly what I've done the couple times I did need to rip a DVD! Since you can map the drives on the server to your other computer's you can copy it over just as easy as if it was stored locally.
cool, I will look into that. I'm thinking of setting up a vmware install of this just for testing purposes before I were to invest in anything serious.
When your wife wants to pick something to watch and interact with the user interface, how does she do it? Do you have a mouse/keyboard hooked up to the media center or is there another solution? I was thinking maybe of a universal remote with a USB infrared receiving hooked up to the linux box for easy access. Would something like that work?
- zulemara - 2010-08-03 20:05
disregard previous post, dduuhh xbmc has a built in control function LOL
edit: aie! head is spinning. I dont have an android YET, so I go back to my original question about getting a remote to work with the linux box or something of that nature
- davemex - 2010-08-03 20:13
Marcozd - SortTV specifies the target folder name in the command. So, for example let's say that all my download content goes to /home/public/downloads/ the script file is located at /home/public/sorttv.pl and I want the to be moved to the folder you specified above. The command I would use is:
perl /home/public/sorttv.pl /home/public/downloads/ /media/TV_SHOWS/
/media/TV_SHOWS/ localhost:[XBMC's Port Number]
The script will then create the /House/ folder if it doesn't already exist along with the /House/Season # folder where the shows will be filed. Each time you run it, it will look for those folders, create them if needed, and then move the files accordingly. You won't actually have to specify the House folder or the season folder, it does all that by itself! For more information on the script, go to the SortTV XBMC forum. And make sure you thank cliffe for his hard work!
zulemara: That sounds like a great way to test it out first!
As for the remote, it would be easy to set up an IR remote for XBMC as many others have done, but my wife and I both have WebOS phones that we use the XBMC remote application on. I know these applications are available for iOS and Android as well. It provides a touch screen remote and a graphical menu of all the server's contents. It's so slick I don't think you could beat it with any off the shelf remote for sheer functionality. The downside, of course, is that you'd have to control all your audio/TV components with a separate remote since the phone can't handle that. If you don't have a smartphone or ipod touch that could take care of that task, I would recommend just using a standard ir receiver/remote kit like others have done for their HTPCs. You should be able to pick one up pretty cheap!
About setting up torrentflux - marcozd - 2010-08-04 20:39
I am in the process of setting up the automated TV show downloading that you outlined in your blog, but I got stuck on one of the commands:
gave me a "no such directory" error.
I am running xubuntu desktop edition. Do I need to be running the server edition for this to work? Also, since transmission came pre-installed with xubuntu, do i have to remove it and then re-compile it like in your instructions?
Thanks so much in advance.
- davemex - 2010-08-04 20:53
You should be fine with xubuntu as long as you have the correct packages installed, like the LAMP server. Now, what that command is doing is it is moving the html folder over to your /var/www directory where it will become a folder on your Apache web server (that hopefully you have installed, if not install it along with mySQL and PHP). If you have a GUI you can just take the contents of that HTML folder and move it to /var/www/torrentflux or you can change torrentflux for whatever you want to call it, just know you will surf to the configuration page using http://your_servers_address/torrentflux. If you installed Webmin you could also just surf to the folder where you extracted the compressed file and move the contents over manually.
As for Transmission, you probably will have to remove it and install the correct version. Torrentflux_b4rt uses a custom version of the Transmission CLI (command line interface) for it to play nice. The instructions following the Torrentflux install instructions are how to get and install the correct version of Transmission.
Hope this helps! Let me know if you've got any other questions.
- Mike8913 - 2010-08-04 21:41
using this command "sudo /etc/init.d/xbmc-live start" i get caught witht he terminal telling command not found
i went browsing to the location in webadmin and xbmc is not there.......im at a loss
EDIT: im completely stuck here, i cant even figure out where xbmc installed too
i found an occurance of an xbmc root file in "usr/bin", but i can figure out anyhing to do wiht it
when i type "sudo /usr/bin/xbmc start" i get 2 errors:
Error: unable to open display
FEH.py: cannot connect to x server
- bipolar - 2010-08-04 22:43
Would it be OK to install the server OS on a USB drive instead, if possible?
I don't want to buy a boot drive purely for installing the 10GB or w/e is needed to install Ubuntu server, and if I could boot off of a flash drive, it would save some money and a sata port
Does Ubuntu server have trouble running off of a server and since I'm going to be doing rarring and stuff, will it store the temp files on the flash, making it slower?
- GJones - 2010-08-04 23:21
poofyhairguy Wrote:I have samba running on my Unraid box and it is more than fast enough to stream my Avatar Blu Ray rip, which is the largest Blu Ray currently possible. If its too slow for you to serve up something simpler like pictures, something is not setup right....
The Avatar rip might be somewhat sequential on the disk, whereas the smaller pictures could be more akin to random reads. When you start reading that rip, the software has a pretty good idea that you will want subsequent bytes from the same file. Pulling separate files such as pictures does not afford the software to predict your needs as well.