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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Down View Post
    do you have this file setup properly so that miniDLNA will start and stop?
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    # chkconfig: 345 99 10
    # description: Startup/shutdown script for MiniDLNA daemon
    #
    # $Id: minidlna.init.d.script,v 1.2 2009/07/02 00:33:15 jmaggard Exp $
    # MiniUPnP project
    # author: Thomas Bernard
    # website: http://miniupnp.free.fr/ or http://miniupnp.tuxfamily.org/
    
    MINIDLNA=/usr/sbin/minidlna
    ARGS='-f /etc/minidlna.conf'
    
    test -f $MINIDLNA || exit 0
    
    . /lib/lsb/init-functions
    
    case "$1" in
    start)  log_daemon_msg "Starting minidlna" "minidlna"
            start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --pidfile /var/run/minidlna.pid --startas $MINIDLNA -- $ARGS $LSBNAMES
            log_end_msg $?
            ;;
    stop)   log_daemon_msg "Stopping minidlna" "minidlna"
            start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --pidfile /var/run/minidlna.pid
            log_end_msg $?
            ;;
    restart|reload|force-reload)
            log_daemon_msg "Restarting minidlna" "minidlna"
            start-stop-daemon --stop --retry 5 --quiet --pidfile /var/run/minidlna.pid
            start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --pidfile /var/run/minidlna.pid --startas $MINIDLNA -- $ARGS $LSBNAMES
            log_end_msg $?
            ;;
    *)      log_action_msg "Usage: /etc/init.d/minidlna {start|stop|restart|reload|force-reload}"
            exit 2
            ;;
    esac
    exit 0
    Not familiar with this one... Where is it kept?

    I believe it starts OK, as the Tv shows the server and even has the name I gave it, "Shared_Media", which can only come from the miniDNLA config file. The Tv would also not show the server at all if it did not have DNLA activated.

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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Down View Post
    here is a step by step guide that I found helpful, I am running Maverick and it worked out just fine for me. I am running a headless server utilizing Webmin; which happens to have a plugin for miniDLNA.

    My suspicion is something changed when you fixed samaba.
    I will give this a go.

    PS. WHat is a headless server?
    PPS. I agree. There seems to be a conflict of some kind.

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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    maybe start the minidlna server once manual to see if it works :
    sudo /usr/sbin/minidlna –d –f /etc/minidlna.conf

    The init.d script is as follows (I had to do the second portion to get it to work with Maverick server)

    To auto start minidlna at server boot :
    sudo cp minidlna.init.d.script /etc/init.d/minidlna
    sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/minidlna
    sudo update-rc.d minidlna defaults

    Some users had to make that last line into the folowing below to make it work. For me it worked as above :
    sudo update-rc.d minidlna defaults 98 2
    Last edited by Bone Down; December 12th, 2010 at 12:23 AM.
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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonners59 View Post
    I will give this a go.

    PS. WHat is a headless server?
    PPS. I agree. There seems to be a conflict of some kind.
    headless server = no monitor, no keyboard/mouse.
    I access and control the server via webmin/ssh terminal from my laptop.
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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    My server is a 9 year old box that was struggling to run WinXP desktop. I was finding it to be nothing more than a media server running Samsungs DLNA server; which did not auto update new files and I found it very tedious when ever a new TV show would complete it's download via torrent.

    I sought out a different way that used less bandwidth, was automated, a dlna server that would auto update when new content was added. Now my system rarely kills my bandwidth so that I can still use my internet, it automatically downloads TV shows via RSS feed, moves them to the proper directory(creates one if needed), renames them(rids the file of the long torrent file names), clears out the logs every 30 days, only downloads the latest episodes. I also have a shell script that downloads a series of video podcasts and stores them in the correct folder location as well. All of which is served up to my network via miniDLNA for viewing on my TV.

    Ubuntu Maverick server
    MySQL Server
    Apache Server
    Samba Server
    PHP5
    miniDLNA Server
    Webmin
    TorrentFlux B4rt
    TransmissionCLI
    Mashpodder
    UFW with all ports closed (only opened required ports)
    iptables/iplists for blocking ip's
    and of course all required libraries

    what was nearly a useless machine now runs like this a majority of the time:

    System hostname Maverick
    Operating system Ubuntu Linux 10.10
    Webmin version 1.530
    Time on system Sat Dec 11 15:42:25 2010
    Kernel and CPU Linux 2.6.35-23-generic-pae on i686
    Processor information AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1800+, 1 cores
    System uptime 2 days, 23 hours, 46 minutes
    Running processes 97
    CPU load averages 0.03 (1 min) 0.09 (5 mins) 0.08 (15 mins)
    CPU usage 3% user, 1% kernel, 0% IO, 96% idle
    Real memory 748.57 MB total, 225.27 MB used

    Virtual memory 92 MB total, 16.30 MB used

    Local disk space 183.28 GB total, 21 GB used

    I enjoy this old computer now more than I did 3 months ago. Soon I will have vsftp setup on it and I will use it as my local web test server when working on sites.
    Last edited by Bone Down; December 12th, 2010 at 01:01 AM.
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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Down View Post
    maybe start the minidlna server once manual to see if it works :
    sudo /usr/sbin/minidlna –d –f /etc/minidlna.conf

    The init.d script is as follows (I had to do the second portion to get it to work with Maverick server)

    To auto start minidlna at server boot :
    sudo cp minidlna.init.d.script /etc/init.d/minidlna
    sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/minidlna
    sudo update-rc.d minidlna defaults

    Some users had to make that last line into the folowing below to make it work. For me it worked as above :
    sudo update-rc.d minidlna defaults 98 2
    I got the following -

    server@server:~$ sudo /usr/sbin/minidlna –d –f /etc/minidlna.conf
    [sudo] password for server:
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Baroni]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Chiara]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Configs]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Monsters]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Resource]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Shared]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Teaching]
    Unknown option: –d
    Unknown option: –f
    Unknown option: /etc/minidlna.conf

    And for the last set of cmds I got:

    server@server:~$ sudo cp minidlna.init.d.script /etc/init.d/minidlna
    cp: cannot stat `minidlna.init.d.script': No such file or directory
    server@server:~$ sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/minidlna
    server@server:~$ sudo update-rc.d minidlna defaults
    update-rc.d: warning: /etc/init.d/minidlna missing LSB information
    update-rc.d: see <http://wiki.debian.org/LSBInitScripts>
    System start/stop links for /etc/init.d/minidlna already exist.
    server@server:~$


    PS: The script does exist in /etc/init.d/ and it matches yours
    Last edited by Jonners59; December 12th, 2010 at 10:16 AM.

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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Down View Post
    headless server = no monitor, no keyboard/mouse.
    I access and control the server via webmin/ssh terminal from my laptop.
    Oooh, would like to be able to do that. Means I would not have to spend my evening up in my cold loft space on my own,,, COuld sit in the warm with the family.

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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Down View Post
    My server is a 9 year old box that was struggling to run WinXP desktop. I was finding it to be nothing more than a media server running Samsungs DLNA server; which did not auto update new files and I found it very tedious when ever a new TV show would complete it's download via torrent.

    I sought out a different way that used less bandwidth, was automated, a dlna server that would auto update when new content was added. Now my system rarely kills my bandwidth so that I can still use my internet, it automatically downloads TV shows via RSS feed, moves them to the proper directory(creates one if needed), renames them(rids the file of the long torrent file names), clears out the logs every 30 days, only downloads the latest episodes. I also have a shell script that downloads a series of video podcasts and stores them in the correct folder location as well. All of which is served up to my network via miniDLNA for viewing on my TV.

    Ubuntu Maverick server
    MySQL Server
    Apache Server
    Samba Server
    PHP5
    miniDLNA Server
    Webmin
    TorrentFlux B4rt
    TransmissionCLI
    Mashpodder
    UFW with all ports closed (only opened required ports)
    iptables/iplists for blocking ip's
    and of course all required libraries

    what was nearly a useless machine now runs like this a majority of the time:

    System hostname Maverick
    Operating system Ubuntu Linux 10.10
    Webmin version 1.530
    Time on system Sat Dec 11 15:42:25 2010
    Kernel and CPU Linux 2.6.35-23-generic-pae on i686
    Processor information AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1800+, 1 cores
    System uptime 2 days, 23 hours, 46 minutes
    Running processes 97
    CPU load averages 0.03 (1 min) 0.09 (5 mins) 0.08 (15 mins)
    CPU usage 3% user, 1% kernel, 0% IO, 96% idle
    Real memory 748.57 MB total, 225.27 MB used

    Virtual memory 92 MB total, 16.30 MB used

    Local disk space 183.28 GB total, 21 GB used

    I enjoy this old computer now more than I did 3 months ago. Soon I will have vsftp setup on it and I will use it as my local web test server when working on sites.
    That sounds like what I want mine to do as well as:

    Store our files and docs in a central place, which it does nicely
    Host a VM running our telephone system (IP PBX) which it also does nicely (though it does not auto mount the VM if the system needs to restart). This is Windows 7 running 3CX

    Yours is the bit I am missing. Once I have this fixed, please show me how to do what you have done..... PS. My machine (the server as we call it) is home build, 2nd time round. It has a 1Tb HD for backups
    1 x 700Gb split into 7 partitions for files and docs, etc (this is the bit I think the DNLA is having trouble with)
    1 x 300Gb for the OS Windows Vista (not used), Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and a spare slot for my next Ubuntu upgrade (10.10 64-bit, the CD arrived today).
    I use an AMD 64-bit processor, but only 4Gb RAM, which I need to think about upgrading.

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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonners59 View Post
    Oooh, would like to be able to do that. Means I would not have to spend my evening up in my cold loft space on my own,,, COuld sit in the warm with the family.
    download putty works with windows and linux, and will provide you with an SSH terminal to access your server from within your network. Via any other system say your laptop, or another desktop.
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    Re: DLNA problems with Samsung TV and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonners59 View Post
    I got the following -

    server@server:~$ sudo /usr/sbin/minidlna –d –f /etc/minidlna.conf
    [sudo] password for server:
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Baroni]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Chiara]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Configs]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Monsters]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Resource]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Shared]
    Media directory not accessible! [/Media/Teaching]
    Unknown option: –d
    Unknown option: –f
    Unknown option: /etc/minidlna.conf

    And for the last set of cmds I got:

    server@server:~$ sudo cp minidlna.init.d.script /etc/init.d/minidlna
    cp: cannot stat `minidlna.init.d.script': No such file or directory
    server@server:~$ sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/minidlna
    server@server:~$ sudo update-rc.d minidlna defaults
    update-rc.d: warning: /etc/init.d/minidlna missing LSB information
    update-rc.d: see <http://wiki.debian.org/LSBInitScripts>
    System start/stop links for /etc/init.d/minidlna already exist.
    server@server:~$


    PS: The script does exist in /etc/init.d/ and it matches yours
    Media directory not accessible! <-- file permissions, I would start with linux access levels 0777 and scale back until it is not accessible then move back up to the minimum level that will allow access. My guess is this is what your problem is.

    looks like the init.d script is already in place as long as miniDLNA is starting and stopping automatically you should be sorted.
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