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  1. #1
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    Feb 2010
    United States
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line

    Before people post giving me a list of all my options for an DLNA, upnp, and media servers I've gone through ushare, then wanted transcoding for my mkv files so i went to fuppes. Fuppes failed me and I could not find help for my specific problem not even on these forums. So now I'm on to PS3 Media Server. I have thought about using mediatomb but after installing PS3 Media Server on my Ubuntu 9.1 Server everything worked instantly. My mkv files played instantly an well.

    However, there is a lack of documentation and what there is out there as far as documentation is concerned all involves having a GUI... well I am usuing ubuntu server and therefore have no gui. I haven't been able to find a way to configure it through the command line as of yet.

    So any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Re: PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line

    I'd like to bump this post as I have exactly the same question.

    Hopefully there is a way around it after 8 months

  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

    Re: PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line


    I am running Ubuntu Server, as well...strange that more people have not requested help on this?


  4. #4
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    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line

    For a few basic configurations

    For rendering configurations, they are located in the PS3 Media Server directory under the folder "renderers".

    Unfortunately the PMS.conf is fairly limited with only five lines of options.

    thumbnails = true
    mecoder-*** = true
    folders = [preferable directory here]
    uuid = [generated]
    image_thumbnails = true
    Hope this helps!

  5. #5
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    Nov 2011

    Re: PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line

    I have configured Server 10.04 with PS3 media server 1.40.0 via command line and It is working. I used the guide form irrationale as groundwork to get it working but it took alot of research since I did not want to use gui. Here is the link for the guide I used:
    As far as the PMS.conf only having 5 configurable parameters that is what I have found with alot of guides I found but in all honestly it has more. I found this out by installing PS3 media server on Desktop 10.04 and configuring all the parameters I wanted. Then I opened the PMS.conf file to find the code I needed to use for my server. Alot of what I did was trial and error but I have a basic PS3 media server up and running without running a gui of any sort. If you want me to post a guide on how I did it let me know. I don't have a digital copy of the guide yet but I have it down on paper.

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    Nov 2011

    Re: PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line

    Installing PS3 Media Server on Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS via command line

    I have seen a lot of people looking for a command line guide to install PS3 Media Server on Ubuntu. I was also looking for a guide myself and found a few that I used for the groundwork. All of the guides I found used a GUI for some portion of the configuration but I wanted strictly command line since I do not have any GUI on my server. After alot of searching and trial and error I finally got it up and running. The main sources I used were Socrateos, Irrationale, and Ubuntu Community Documentation. Here is how I configured my server. I have tested this on both 32 bit and 64 bit systems.
    Step 1: Install the pre-requisites.

    sudo apt-get install mencoder ffmpeg mplayer vlc openjdk-6-jre

    I had to install MediaInfo since my server gave a libmediainfo not found error when I started PS3 Media Server.
    Install MediaInfo

    Add Python-Software Properties

    sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
    Add the repository and install MediaInfo

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:shiki/mediainfo
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install mediainfo

    Step 2: Download and unpack PS3 Media Server

    Download PS3 Media Server into your home directory.

    sudo wget

    Unpack PS3 Media Server

    sudo tar xzf pms-generic-linux-unix-1.40.0.tgz
    Step 3: Move PS3 Media Server to the opt folder and give it rights to run.

    Move PS3 Media Server

    sudo mv ~/pms-linux-1.40.0 /opt/pms
    Give PS3 Media Server rights to run.

    cd /opt/pms
    sudo chmod +x
    sudo chmod +x linux/tsMuxeR
    Step 4: Modify the config file.

    On both systems I tested this on there was no config file until I started PS3 Media Server. The only thing it generated was the uuid. If you want to start it and then modify the config file use this code:
    sudo ./
    Once it comes up it will look like it has locked up and your unable to type anything. Just hit Ctrl +x to shut it back down and then modify the config file.
    Open the config file.

    sudo nano PMS.conf

    This is how I set up my config file. I am not exactly sure what all the code does but I will try to explain what I can.
    In the config file:
    thumbnails = true enables thumbnails
    image_thumbnails = true enables image thumbnails
    uuid = [generated] uuid computer generates
    network_interface = eth0 ties PMS to an interface
    hidevideosettings = true hides video settings
    hide_transcode_folder = true hides #transcode# folder
    hide_extensions = true hides file extensions
    hide_enginenames = true not really sure???
    folders = /path/to/directory, /path/to/directory2 paths to your media to stream
    Save and close the config file.
    Step 5: Test PS3 Media Server

    Start PS3 Media Server and check for errors


    sudo ./
    Stop PS3 Media Server

    Ctrl + X
    Step 6: Make PS3 Media Server start at boot

    Create a script

    cd /etc/init.d
    sudo nano startpms

    Add the following to the script:
    cd /opt/pms
    nohup ./ &
    Save and exit the file and make it executable.

    sudo chmod +x startpms
    Insert the file into startup config

    sudo update-rc.d startpms defaults

    All I did after this point was restart my server and make sure the script worked. My videos showed up and played on my PS3, Xbox 360 and to my surprise my LG Blu-Ray player. I hope this guide helps. I am not guaranteeing this will work on every build but it worked when I tried it on Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS 32 bit and 64 bit. I did not use a gui and the only things I had running was a Samba server and ssh on a headless server. I am still working on polishing my configuration files for PS3 Media Server since my LG player does not play all my movies and my Xbox 360 sometimes has issues seeing new videos I place in the directory and does not recognize new folders unless I restart the server. If anyone has anything to add or knows how to restart the HTTP part of PS3 Media Server I would be interested in reading your comments.
    Last edited by BDStudio; November 19th, 2011 at 03:27 PM. Reason: Found error in my code for adding mediainfo repository

  7. #7
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    Aug 2011

    Re: PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line

    awesome guide, i just tried it and worked without any issues what so ever.

  8. #8
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    Apr 2007

    Re: PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line

    i get a "missing libzen" error, any ideas?

  9. #9
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    Re: PS3 Media Server Configuration via Command Line

    Quote Originally Posted by foug View Post
    i get a "missing libzen" error, any ideas?
    go to this page:

    and you will see that libzen is a group and you can manually install the group member packages.. This worked for me when i got the libzen error. The


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