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Users / HOWTO: Translation of the GUI --- Call for new translations
« on: July 07, 2009, 10:37:55 pm »
Hi *,

since I've already seen a lot of attempts to translate the GUI elements which never really made it into the repositories I decided to put setup a step-by-step howto in the wiki. So please, if you already did a (partial) translation into a new language check if it complies to the howto and make it a feature for everyone by checking in to the repositories. Or make it compatibel and check it in  ;)

Everybody, this is a good chance to help without being a coder! I've read at least of Italian, Russian and Dutch translations so I expect to see them on sqlCVS soon  ;D

The howto can be found at

You are welcome to extend the wiki page with further details or make suggestions here.


Developers / 0810 alpha2.20 (?) installation experience
« on: May 20, 2009, 08:27:29 am »

I've installed the latest alpha on a dedicated drive of my 0710 hardware yesterday. I followed the instructions on the front page from May 14th. The installation basically worked fine there are just three slight issues

1) I had to manually tweak udev naming rules for my network *before* running the LMCE installer for my external network was detected as eth1 while the internal one was eth0. The installer produced a lot of errors on setting up dhcp an such.

2) After rebooting into LMCE my keyboard layout was changed (DE -> US). no idea why that happened (or if it is necessary :))

3) The install did not install the nvidia drivers (as it should do according to the front page article) my system is still running on nv driver instead.

What am I to do with the video driver? is it safe to use KDE desktop to install nvidia restricted driver (version 180)?


Developers / Idea: Photo management
« on: May 17, 2009, 04:53:38 pm »
Hi devs,

I'm currently thinking about making LMCE usable to manage my digital photos. Here are some ideas of what I have in mind. The good thing is, the basics are there - a powerful media tagging system. Unfortunately the tagging capabilities for pictures are really limited, the only tag offered in the web admin is "Title"...
Here are some things I would like to do
  • add EXIF/IPTC support for update media deamon (at least on my 0710 system no tags from the images are synced to the DB)
  • have more tags, maybe even custom tags?
  • allow linking of tags
  • allow linking of files
  • improve web admin

All of this seems to be pretty straight forward since it's only extending the existing system. What do you guys think? Good/bad idea? Am I missing something?


BTW, another idea that is sticking to my mind for some time: having a second web app with a more user friendly interface (AJAX etc.) to support all tasks a normal user will do, e.g. managing your media, scheduling recordings and so on. The web admin could become a real administration frontend. However, this is a much bigger task :)

Developers / Cleaning of duplicate attributes removed from UpdateMedia
« on: January 13, 2009, 09:38:57 am »
In changeset 20523 ( cmiron removed the code to remove duplicate attributes from UpdateMedia.

Does anybody know why this happened? Any problems with the code? BTW, who is cmiron, maybe a pluto guy?

I started looking at the code because UpdateMedia is occasionally putting duplicated attributes into my database.


Users / Playing files with "special chars" (äöü) on MDs fails
« on: December 16, 2008, 06:21:10 pm »

just discovered a strange behavior. Files with umlauts or other special characters in the file name fail to play on my MDs but are playing fine on the core (where they are stored).

Error in DEClog:
08      12/16/08 17:45:22.982           Received Message from 36 (.[36;1mXine Player / Wohnzimmer.[0m) to 33 (.[36;1mOnScreen Orbiter WZ / Wohnzimmer.[0m), type 1 id 809 Command:.[35;1mDisplay Alert.[0m, retry none, parameters: <0x7d079950>
08      12/16/08 17:45:22.982             Parameter 9(Text): File not found: /home/public/data/audio/Nils Landgren - Christmas With My Friends/10 - Nils Landgren - Gläns över sjö och strand.mp3 <0x7d079950>
08      12/16/08 17:45:22.982             Parameter 70(Tokens): xine_player_message <0x7d079950>
08      12/16/08 17:45:22.982             Parameter 182(Timeout): 10 <0x7d079950>
08      12/16/08 17:45:22.982             Parameter 251(Interruption): 0 <0x7d079950>
08      12/16/08 17:45:22.983           Received Message from 23 (.[36;1mXine Plug-in / Arbeitszimmer.[0m) to 36 (.[36;1mXine Player / Wohnzimmer.[0m), type 1 id 38 Command:.[35;1mStop Media.[0m, retry none, parameters: <0x5782e950>
08      12/16/08 17:45:22.983             Parameter 41(StreamID): 1001 <0x5782e950>
08      12/16/08 17:45:22.983             Parameter 42(MediaPosition):  <0x5782e950>
05      12/16/08 17:45:23.094           .[33;1mConnect() failed, Error Code 111 (Connection refused)).[0m <0x5a834950>

Any ideas why this is going wrong? I hope I don't have to rename all of those files...  :-\


Users / How to properly tag episodes?
« on: December 15, 2008, 08:42:50 am »

just wondering if the orbiter is currently able to handle episodes?
Maybe I'm doing something wrong... I have a couple of episodes which do all have the same title attribute but different episode names. I expected the orbiter to show the title only once and go to a new screen showing the episodes after selecting the title. Instead the orbiter shows every episode on the first screen, i.e. I see the same title several times. BTW, when selecting a video, the orbiter does not show the episode on the details screen either.
Am I doing something wrong or is this a bug/missing feature?


Developers / Annoucement: Getting cover art and attributes from IMDB
« on: December 13, 2008, 03:10:40 pm »
Hi *,

I added an option to get my movies tagged with IMDB. It's basically working (see pictures attached) but still needs some fine tuning I think.


Hi guys,

I'm tagging all my media since a couple of weeks and since it was annoying to always skip through the already tagged media in webadmin I made this small hack to the mediaFileSync module. It adds a checkbox right next to "Show attributes" saying "Show only files without cover art" and this is exactly what it does: just hide all directories/files that already have cover art attached.

If you would like to use it, just copy the attached file mainMediaFilesSync.php to /var/www/pluto-admin/operations/mediaBrowser and make sure to backup the original file. I took the file from my stock 0710 installation.


edit: I attached a patch, too, if this is of any help.

Developers / Problems creating new plug and play device
« on: November 16, 2008, 09:07:43 pm »
Hi devs,

while trying do dig deeper into the LMCE mysteries I wanted to create plug-and-play templates for some of my devices. One of them is a Pinnacle PCTV 310i DVB-T capture card. It is working great (VDR) for me but it took me some steps to configure it manually (downloading firmware etc.).
I already got a template that detects the card and creates the device (see screenshot below). Even the pop-up asking to configure the card for mythtv is shown :) However, as said before, some manual tweaking was necessary, i.e. I had to download firmware. I used a GPLed script called get_dvb_firmware which is floating around on the internet. Unfortunately I could not find a kubuntu package containing the script. I'm a little stuck now... I need to download the script on pnp detection, execute it and copy the downloaded firmware. Any hints how to achieve that?

Thanks in advance,

Developers / HADesigner's user manual
« on: January 19, 2008, 02:19:27 pm »

it seems that all those links to the manual are not up-to-date. Does anybody have a working link or can maybe send the manual via PM?


Users / Orbiter generation gets stuck
« on: May 30, 2007, 10:35:10 pm »
Hi there,

during the last days I installed LinuxMCE stuff and somehow made it to the point where an MD boots from network. Today I changed some stuff (lights and prepared setup of mythtv) that caused the orbiters to regenerate. Now the orbiter wizard screen tells me for all orbiters "Regen status: Stage 2 of 2 - Rendering screen 97 of 259". The webpage keeps refreshing but the progress did not change for quite a long time (>1h). What's going wrong here? Any ideas?

BTW, the last entries of /var/log/pluto/orbitergen.log:
Saving /usr/pluto/orbiter/C62/2427.0.0.1581.1557_S.png
Saving /usr/pluto/orbiter/C62/2427.0.0.1582.1558_S.png
Saving /usr/pluto/orbiter/C62/2427.0.0.png
Rendering screen 2437.0.0 in orbiter: 62
Saving /usr/pluto/orbiter/C62/2437.0.0.2439.1561.png
Saving /usr/pluto/orbiter/C62/2437.0.0.2439.1563.png
Saving /usr/pluto/orbiter/C62/2437.0.0.2439.1565.png
Saving /usr/pluto/orbiter/C62/2437.0.0.2439.1567.png
Failed to render screen 2437.0.0 error: Can't create surface from FILE pointer: Error reading the PNG file.on the fly regen of 48 9 -a

I don't understand the last error. Might that be a problem with the .png-files I uploaded for my room maps?

Cheers and thanks in advance

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