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Feature requests & roadmap / XEN-ized dedicated Core Install Script ?
« on: January 10, 2008, 08:30:42 pm »

what do other people think of the possibility of an installation-script für a xen based para-virtualized core ?

My vision is that there is an install script that asks for a path for the kernel image as well as for a path for the rootfs and just installs it from the dvd right away.
Maybe even a basic config file for xen.

With the option in xen to forward pci-devices I suppose, tv-cards could be forwarded to that core as well.

And for the developers, you could have a productive- and a testing-image of LMCE and be able to switch easily.
It would be faster than vmware I guess, as it is para-virtualized and I do not know about vmware's abilities to forward pci-devices to a guest.

Does anyone of you know about xen ? I'm still new to it...
Does anyone of you know about the xenbr-bridges especially ? I'm thinking about 2 network segments; 1 for md's and 1 for working pcs... is partitioning of xen virtual interfaces possible ?
Could there be problems with performance especially of mythtv-backend ? DanielK mentioned something about special kernel settings ?

Or has somebody even done all this already ? Could you provide a script for the rest of us then ?

And finally; do you think it is actually worth the work and should that script be shipped with the dvd ?

Best regards, Chewi

//Edit: Typo

Feature requests & roadmap / Shrink dvd-images on ripping...
« on: October 20, 2007, 06:03:34 pm »
I realy enjoy, that the menus and specials and all the audio-tracks are copied during ripping, so that the resulting media is euqal to the original dvd, but the size bothers me...
I would like to see a compression-option, that shrinks the dvd, while stille keeping the menu and all the other stuff...

The program most promising to me is DVD95. I gave it a try with one of my Lord-Of-The-Rings and the result was awesome...

What do you think about that ? Good idea, bad idea ?

What do you think, should the DVD95 be completely visible (eventually allowing to remove certain audio or subtitle tracks; don't know it that's actually working), or should it be incorporated similar to the current silent ripping-option doing a default rip ?

After several days of wondering, if i was the only person for whom forum does not work correcty anymore, if finally found the problem...

I must have chosen german as the prefered language some days ago...

What happened was, that all the button-texts were gone and there was a note about some copyright-problems...

To the Forum-Admin, please check the languages and either deactivate German or install it properly... I guess, some people might be irritated and not come back, if they're only looking for tech-support and not even the forum works...
By the way, who is the forum-admin and is there one at all ?

Best regards,


Users / Direct Dial from SipPhone
« on: September 19, 2007, 01:18:24 pm »
When i make a Direct Dial, and press Call on the Orbiter, i get the option to "Place From Here" or use one of my 2 MDs...

Why is there not my 2 VoIP-Phones ?

When defining SpeedDials from pluto-admin, i can choose them and it works, why are they missing in direct dial ?

Edit: and when being called, i cannot send the caller to the mailbox... why is that ? :-/

Users / Howto: Make additional mouse-buttons behave as F6, F7, F8
« on: September 19, 2007, 10:59:46 am »
As i'm currently using only a wireless mouse to work with my LMCE and I was annoyed by using the keyboard for F6,F7,F8, I tried to figure out a way to have the additional mouse-buttons act as those keys...
If there is a simpler way, please reply and let me know...
If you have the same problem, enjoy...

First of all, we need the packets xautomation (which should be installed allready) and xbindkeys (which we can install by sudo apt-get install xbindkeys; you might have to append "deb feisty universe" to /etc/apt/sources.list temporarely, if i recall it correctly).

We use xautomation (xte) to simulate the key-presses:
if you want to send a keypress of F6 to the X-Server, the command "xte 'key F8'" will do the trick.
if you only want to send that the key was pressed, call "xte 'keydown F8".
additionally you can event move the mouse or do clicks with it. For more information have a look at "man xte".

To catch the keypresses on the mouse, we use xbindkeys. The syntax of the config-file is:
   control+shift + q
so within the "" is the command to call and below is the key to bind the command to.
possible keys are control, shift, alt, ... and for mouse-buttons b:1, b:2, b:3, ...

combining those two, we derive the following configfile, which i saved at /etc/xbindkeysrc:
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"xte 'keydown F6' &"
"xte 'keyup F6' &"

"xte 'keydown F7' &"
"xte 'keyup F7' &"

"xte 'keydown F8' &"
"xte 'keyup F8' &"

Then we still have to start xbindkeys within the X-Server... As I do not know LinuxMCE too well, I just looked for some good spot and /usr/pluto/bin/ seemed to be one. Now it looks like this:
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xbindkeys -f /etc/xbindkeys      <--- the added stuff


After a reboot, the mouse-buttons 8, 2 and 9 should act as F6, F7 and F9 even passing when a key is held pressed, which was the right setup for me.
If you want something different, just change b:9 for b:6 for example.

If you don't know the numbers of your mousebuttons, start the "application" xev. Click into the small black box and look at the console for the output "ButtonPress event, .... button X".

In case you do not get all the buttons of your mouse, e.g. 8 and 9 report as being 1 and 2 (that was the case with my mouse), try replacing
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Option          "Protocol"              "ImPS/2"
Option          "Protocol"              "ExplorerPS/2"

Hope that helps some of you to save some time...

Cheers... Chewi

Users / MythTV behaving weird...
« on: September 17, 2007, 10:45:37 pm »
My MythTV behaves weird when started from LMCE...
It keeps switching between EPG view and TV-Picture continously until linuxmce reports some problem with the backend...

When i start mythfrontend manually from the kde-desktop, everything works fine...

Does anyone have any idea why that could be ?

Feature requests & roadmap / Add-To-Playlist Option
« on: September 14, 2007, 08:00:04 pm »
It's a little sad right now that the only way to add something to your playlist is by pressing the play-button on the audio track. By that the audio file is being added to the current playlist and played right away.
I often want to select the music for the next 2 hours and while doing so listen to the first few selected songs, just like when using enqueue as default option on xmms/winamp... Additionally it's kind of confusing, that this is the way to build a playlist in the first place...

EDIT: Just found out that when playing audio-files, the view does not behave the way, others do, when it comes to scrolling up/down or page-up page-down... that can only be done manually with the curser-keys... :(

just my 2 cents... If i had the time and the knowledge of LMCE i'd do it myself... But for now I can only make a suggestion... :-/

Users / Pictures from Network-Share not showing
« on: September 14, 2007, 07:06:38 pm »
My problem is the following:
I have a network-share with my photo collection attatched to the system. The are subfolders for years -> events -> picXX.jpg.
Unfortunately LinuxMCE does not show them when I select Pictures from the OnScreen-Orbiter on the Hybrid.
When looking into the "Files & Media -> Media Files Sync -> /home/public/data/other/Windows Share: Fotos/2003/2003-10-01 Umzug/IMG_0001.JPG" it is Checked and the Type is "LinuxMCE Pictures"...

So where is my mistake... Or is it not yet possible to have any pictures besides flickr and that assumption itself is the mistake ?

Thanks, Andreas

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