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Users / Media files do not show up under "sort by filename"
« on: April 15, 2011, 07:43:39 pm »

When "sort by filename" is used on the media director, none of my movies are showing up.  Just some folders under /home/public/data/videos.   Most of the media is located on CIFS mounts linked to /home/public/data/other and a few files under .../data/movies.   When I sort by title, everything shows up fine.

I guess filename sort in not using  /home/public/data as its base/root path ?

On a filename sort I would expect to be able to access all the folders under /home/public/data.   

Comments, anyone else see this behavior ?

Installation issues / Missing Text in menu items on MD
« on: June 25, 2010, 06:06:56 am »
Just created a new MD after upgrading to latest beta2.   Have alpha blending on the UI installed. Screen Saver works fine.  Already reloaded router and regen all orbiters.

Problem:  Only a few menu items are created like floorplan.  Audio, video, playlists and most menu items are missing.   Everything shows started in the pluto log folder except for mythbackend which I don't think applies.

Any ideas ?

Users / Health and performance checks
« on: May 14, 2010, 05:21:49 pm »
Here are some of the tools I use to get health status and current performance of MD's or core system's.  Feel free to add to it, then someone can add it to the wiki later.

# sudo apt-get install sysstat iftop lm-senors

here is a quick way to install lm-sensors to get temperature readings.
Answering with defaults works most of the time and then check that modules get loaded properly in /etc/modules. hint: use lsmod and modprobe.
# sensors-detect

You can see disk, paging, basic cpu performance, and temperature every 30s with this alias
# alias sysperf='watch -n 30 '\''iostat -kx && vmstat && sensors'\'''

Then just type this to see it all in action.
# sysperf

During heavy MD usage such as playing x264 mkv with high-quality sound such as DTS or DD 5.1, I watch the bandwidth from the MD via ssh with
# iftop -nNB

Installation issues / console-kit-daemonhigh cpu usage
« on: May 12, 2010, 05:09:02 pm »
What is everyone doing to combat high cpu usage on console-kit-daemon ?   I can't find a proposed or security fix for 8.10, but jaunty and later seem to have them.

   SSH sessions and samba connections can be the catalyst for causing the high CPU usage.
  The problem can be reproduced easily with # while `true`; do ssh localhost exit; done;

   I have  installed these modules and currently testing, have not seen any leaks or increased cpu usage after 3 hours. Steady at 1%.

# sudo apt-get install libck-connector-dev libdbus-1-dev libck-connector0 libdbus-1-3 libpam-ck-connector

This is what I have installed after the udpates.

ii  libck-connector-dev                    0.2.10-1ubuntu10                            ConsoleKit development files
ii  libck-connector0                         0.2.10-1ubuntu10                            ConsoleKit libraries
ii  libpam-ck-connector                    0.2.10-1ubuntu10                            ConsoleKit PAM module                                 
ii  consolekit                                  0.2.10-1ubuntu10                            framework for defining and tracking users, sessions and seats
ii  libdbus-1-3                                1.2.4-0ubuntu1.1                            simple interprocess messaging system
ii  libdbus-1-dev                             1.2.4-0ubuntu1.1                            simple interprocess messaging system (development headers)
ii  libdbus-1-qt3                             0.9-0ubuntu1                                dbus bindings for Qt 3 (backport of the Qt 4 bindings)
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2                          0.76-1                                      simple interprocess messaging system (GLib-based shared library)
ii  libdbus-qt-1-1c2                        0.62.git.20060814-2build1                   simple interprocess messaging system (Qt-based shared library)

Installation issues / Xine, x264, VC1 (mkv), and VDPAU
« on: April 24, 2010, 07:59:39 pm »
I have xine with x264,VC1 (mkv) support via VDPAU working on the command line.   I can launch with 'DISPLAY=:0 xine -V vdpau -fg --no-logo filename' and it works on the MD.  The MD is set to use VDPAU/auto.   However when I try to launch it with the orbiter it fails with: (xine player log below).    How do I check what the orbiter is using to call xine ?

05      04/23/10 23:52:28.081           Xine_Player::CMD_Play_Media() stopping PSS <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/23/10 23:52:28.081           Xine_Stream_Factory::GetStream streamID is 0 <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/23/10 23:52:28.163           I'm unable to initialize m_pXine's 'opengl' video driver. Falling to 'xshm'. <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/23/10 23:52:28.289           I'm unable to initialize m_pXine's 'auto' audio driver. <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/23/10 23:52:28.296           Stream audio/video initialization failed <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/23/10 23:52:28.296           Cannot create new stream with ID=1052 <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/23/10 23:52:28.297           Xine_Player::CMD_Play_Media() stream is NULL, aborting - init failure? <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/23/10 23:52:28.297           Xine_Player::CMD_Stop_Media() with corresponding stream id 1052 (nil). <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/23/10 23:52:28.297           Xine_Player::CMD_Stop_Media() stream is NULL, aborting - init failure? <0xb6d3ab90>
05      04/24/10 0:18:30.974            Going to rotate logs... <0xb6d3ab90>

 Available xine's plugins:
   -Audio output:
     alsa, oss, esd, none, file.

   -Video output:
     vdpau, aadxr3, dxr3, xv, raw, SyncFB, opengl, aa, xshm, caca, none, sdl,
     vidixfb, vidix, fb.

     anx, avi, slave, asf, yuv4mpeg2, pva, fli, nsv, mng, iff, matroska, real,
     ogg, quicktime, aud, aiff, flac, nsf, realaudio, snd, tta, voc, vox, wve,
     idcin, ipmovie, vqa, wc3movie, roq, str, film, smjpeg, fourxm, vmd,
     flashvideo, mpeg_block, mpeg_pes, mpeg-ts, mpeg, dts, ac3, wav, cdda,
     rawdv, mpc, yuv_frames, mp3, shn, sputext, elem, vc1es, aac.

     FILE, pnm, http, DVB, DVD, CD, mms, VCD, v4l_radio, v4l_tv, rtsp, VCDO,
     tcp, pvr, stdin, rtp.

     dxr3-spudec, spudec, spucmml, spucc, sputext, spudvb.

   -Post processing:
     unsharp, pp, noise, expand, fill, invert, eq, denoise3d, boxblur, tvtime,
     goom, upmix, upmix_mono, stretch, volnorm, switch, oscope, fftscope,
     fftgraph, eq2, mosaico.

   -Audio decoder:
     gsm610, mad, ffmpegaudio, realadec, mpc, vorbis, nsf, a/52, dvaudio, dts,
     faad, qta, pcm, win32a.

   -Video decoder:
     dxr3-mpeg2, vdpau_vc1, vdpau_mpeg12, vdpau_h264, mpeg2, realvdec,
     ffmpegvideo, theora, win32v, bitplane, yuv, qtv, rgb, ffmpeg-wmv9,

Users / Orbiter feature that can organize better ?
« on: January 12, 2010, 04:32:03 pm »
I have 8.10, beta installed.
   On the orbiter where one can select video and then movie titles, is there a way to have sub categories ?  I have several seasons of tv shows and would like to only List the main show instead of each episode?  On the audio side one can select group, then only CD's are listed, then finally you can drill down to just the songs for that CD.  

Does that make sense ?  Is there a proper way to get that done ?  I didn't see anything like that in the wiki.


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