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Users / Re: Question about DLink DNS-323
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:30:11 pm »
Avajon - why "must" you use two different networks? I see nothing in your post that suggests the reason. Before you respond, please read every word in - then explain why this doesn't work for you.

Thingie - I don't follow the point of your post. Moving traffic between different subnets is routing. Any device that didn't do this would not be a router! So what has Netopia got to do with anything? And what is wrong with the LMCE Core? It is a router too! And just like every other router in existance, it could route the traffic from the external network to the internal network, if you so desired, and were prepared to poke swiss-cheese holes in the Core's firewall. But that misses the point, as per the link above, everything you want to communicate with each other should be on the same network. And in normal circumstances there are no reasons not to do this.

Users / Re: Mount /home to new hard drive?
« on: November 06, 2009, 11:09:22 pm »
Dale - that works for you because your RAID controller is presenting the volumes as if they were normal SATA drives, ie /dev/sd* and LMCE is designed to recognise both sd* and hd*. In weirdbeard's case, the controller presents the device as a completely different (proprietary) device name so LMCE doesn't see it. That will be the case for any storage device that does the same.

Users / Re: Mount /home to new hard drive?
« on: November 05, 2009, 09:16:48 pm »

In the meantime you can give it a go yourself - the code in question is a script not a binary, so you do not need a dev environment or to recompile to tinker! The main detection script is /usr/pluto/bin/

In there you will find a function called Detect. In the first few lines you will see it 1) enumerating all the visible partitions using "cat /proc/partitions" but filtering out only those that start "sd" or "hd" using an awk command. It then moves on and eliminates any partitions starting with "sd" and "hd" already mounted, swap partitions, software RAIDS, etc. Finally, if there are any partions left, it will fire the DCE message that tells LMCE to add that partition. So in the first instance, you need to modify the detection script so that it also detects your partition type. This could be as simple as changing:

(sd|hd).[0-9] ... to
(sd|hd|<blah>).[0-9]  ... in both locations in that script

Where <blah> will match the unique pattern of your RAID partition name when you type cat /proc/partitions

There could be more to it, as I haven't looked into much of the rest of it, but this change alone will at least add your partitions to the detected list.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Raspody N35 as a Media Director
« on: November 02, 2009, 08:20:28 pm »
An MD is a full Kubuntu operating system, it isn't a piece of software that can "run on" some other piece of software. So if this hardware is capable of running Kubuntu 0810, then it will work... but obviously this will replace any other software that is currently on the hardware. That isn't to say that someone couldn't develop one or more DCE software devices that could run on or remotely control the existing software on this device to provide LMCE integrated media services just like Squeezeboxes (say), however that wouldn't be a "Media Director".

Users / Re: General File Storage
« on: October 28, 2009, 09:26:03 pm »
It does that out of the box. You can run your core/hybrid with all your media and indeed any other files based on it - personally I would recommend keeping them separate, and purchasing yourself a decent NAS device for your network. This allows you to keep your LMCE machine separate from your files so that you can rebuild/reboot/reconfigure with impunity! The wife's laptop, yours and the XBox can all continue to access their files uninterupted.

That being said, if you do want to keep your "file server" along with your media on the LMCE, then that is ready to go out of the box. The /home/public/data folder is exported with SAMBA by default. Under there are Audio, Video, Pictures and Documents folders. You can place all your current documents under the Documents folder. Move your PCs into the LINUXMCE workgroup and they can simply map a drive to that share and access all their files as normal. Also this folder structure is exported using upnp if that is of assistance.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: HDMI over IP
« on: October 25, 2009, 10:01:22 pm »
Will be interesting to see the quality of the image that comes out the other end! GigE is nowhere near enough bandwidth to carry a single 1080p stream (~1.5Gbps) so they are capturing the images and compressing them using JPEG2000..

Users / Re: Android Orbiter
« on: October 21, 2009, 10:25:39 pm »
looks like it is saying that the RFCOMM server feature will be available in the November 2009 release...

Installation issues / Re: UI1 orbiters stopped working after regen
« on: October 21, 2009, 10:22:02 pm »
The double / will be ignored, it isnt the source of your issue.... you should check several of the files it is trying to access - make sure they are there, and check the permissions on them. Also try to open them with a viewer that is capable of opening .png files to ensure they are legitimate images and not empty/corrupted in some way.

Users / Re: ID3 tag editor
« on: October 20, 2009, 11:00:57 pm »
colinjones: For files that are NOT mp3 files, the ID3 tags are stored in separate files, alongside the media file.

Thom - you know I know that! We are talking about embedded ID3 tags. There is no editor for the ID3 tag files :)

Users / Re: ID3 tag editor
« on: October 20, 2009, 02:56:01 pm »
extremeshannon - to answer your question directly (which is why I originally asked if you were talking about mp3s specifically!) ID3 tags are for MP3 files only (and much more rarely AIFF and MP4, but are not really well supported). Bottomline is, you can use any ID3 tagging program you like, but they will only tag MP3 files as that is what ID3s are for. Attempting to add ID3s to video files will probably break the container (although it is likely to be ignored as a corruption) and in any case LMCE will ignore them, as it should.

There are many, many different video container formats, and all the newer types have tagging systems, but none are container-independent/standard and are not supported by LMCE. Realistically, most video media files come from 2 main sources - ripping DVDs or downloads. Ripping a DVD on LMCE should grab the metadata anyway. Downloaded video amost never has tagging even when the container supports it, in which case you need to tag it manually any way, so you might as well do it through the LMCE web admin :)

Users / Re: ID3 tag editor
« on: October 19, 2009, 11:18:24 pm »
I assume you are just talking about mp3s. I use Mp3Tag which I find quite useful, as it allows for bulk changes using macros. btw, you don't have to tag them before exposing them to LMCE, you can do it at any time afterwards as well - LMCE will see the changes and sync them into the LMCE database.

Installation issues / Re: network problems on new 8.10 beta
« on: October 18, 2009, 11:39:06 am »
did you read the link I posted you? aside from the $15 for the NIC (which you have already invested in) what is your objection? instead of patching the core into your network as you were expecting to before you read the install instructions, you just place it between your broad band device and the rest of your network... until i hear a rational reason why this materially impacts your network, I'm not going to add anything further... that is the design, its been discussed to death in a hundred threads on the forum.... do some basic searches. the only thing you have mentioned is that "gateway boxes" taught you a lot, don't see where the issue is, other than you want to be able to say its an "appliance" box rather than its a "gateway" box, which is a meaningless distinction... its a box, there's no material difference.

Installation issues / Re: network problems on new 8.10 beta
« on: October 17, 2009, 09:17:19 pm »
You've started out on the wrong foot ... reading just the basic requirements would have highlighted this issue for you ... go here and set your networking up correctly! 0810 should not have the "Realtek issue".

If you are still not getting an IP address on the external network, you can test for the STP blocking issue that weirdbeard talks about by waiting at least 1 minute, then:

sudo ifdown ethx
sudo ifup ethx

where x is the number of the external interface.

BTW, you can use ifconfig to determine which NIC is which by looking at the MAC address... generally eth0 should be the external and eth1 the internal.

Installation issues / Re: network problems on new 8.10 beta
« on: October 17, 2009, 08:23:58 am »
Then I presume you have two NICs and both are connected to their respective networks? What does the other NIC show? Sounds like you may have the NICs back to front.

Installation issues / Re: Setting up Core – MDs.
« on: October 16, 2009, 02:39:31 pm »
yes he means install the new version on the core. All discussions that talk about "installing" refer to the core.... all discussions about MDs refer to booting from the network. If you have a boot issue on an MD then we need to address the boot issue on the MD.... ie address the root cause not the symptom

we have not had disked MDs for a long time.... for normal situations they are absolutely not required, realistically boot time is not an issue (which is most people's concern) as even on a slow machine the boot time is little different. The only genuine reason for disked boot (that springs to mind) is for wireless MDs... and that may come back in time :)

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