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I've been playing around with Media Tomb and I quite like it but not completely sold. Just wondered if anyone has any other recommendations
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Are you talking about DLNA?

Cause if so, I am currently using minidlna - which does exactly what I want it to do, show my smart appliances my media... Fully configurable to point to which folders are "movies,pictures,music"

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MiniDLNA (aka ReadyDLNA) is server software with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients. It is developed by a NETGEAR employee for the ReadyNAS product line. So if you are looking for a NAS, please consider ReadyNAS first!

http://sourceforge.net/projects/minidlna/.


I have this running on a Fedora 15 VM that's also my NAS box, it is CLI based and very lightweight!

Hope this helps!
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Are you talking about DLNA?
Cause if so, I am currently using minidlna - which does exactly what I want it to do, show my smart appliances my media... Fully configurable to point to which folders are "movies,pictures,music"
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MiniDLNA (aka ReadyDLNA) is server software with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients. It is developed by a NETGEAR employee for the ReadyNAS product line. So if you are looking for a NAS, please consider ReadyNAS first!
http://sourceforge.net/projects/minidlna/.
I have this running on a Fedora 15 VM that's also my NAS box, it is CLI based and very lightweight!
Hope this helps!

Sounds like I was talking about DLNA from what you're saying. I wasn't really sure even what to search for so thanks for the suggestion. Will try tonight smile.gif
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I'm looking for a good uPnP server and installed MediaTomb in Ubuntu last night. Works perfectly so far. Just would be nice to have a slightly more elegant way to add folders.
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Mediatomb is by far the best uPnP I played with when setting up my PS3. There is a PS3 server program that is uPnP, don't remember what it is. What was the third program that I didn't like? hmmmm Fuppes!

If your trying to stream media, like MP3/AVI/Whatever to a device like a PS3 or Xbox you want uPnP. DNLA follows uPnP standards for media, so you might as well just go with uPnP. Fuppes and Mediatomb were the best I had going for linux.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Living_Network_Alliance

[edit] I guess if you had DLNA devices, I don't know of any as I've only dealt with uPnP.

FUPPES is DLNA

[edit2] I guess DLNA/uPnP is actually on more than I thought, mediatomb and others are "DLNA". So I'm going to say it's pretty much a moot concept, most of them will probably support DLNA/uPnP universally. I'd find something easy to configure and run then stick with it.
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I am currently using uShare on Ubuntu to share media to my xbox. It works perfectly for me and was really easy to setup. The only problem I had with it was that it couldn't handle my music library for some reason. Not a big deal I really only wanted to share Movies and TV shows. I would say its worth checking out.
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My problem with Media Tomb is that it didn't auto-sync the file system (not that i could get working anyway - but admittedly I've not spent a great deal of time investigating).

I was kind of hoping for something that could work as transparently with the file system as SMB / NFS while still functioning like a uPnP / DLNA server.
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My problem with Media Tomb is that it didn't auto-sync the file system (not that i could get working anyway - but admittedly I've not spent a great deal of time investigating).
I was kind of hoping for something that could work as transparently with the file system as SMB / NFS while still functioning like a uPnP / DLNA server.

Sync the file system? You want something that auto-scans a directory? Like, you have a set music directory and it actively scans it for new songs? Anyways, media-tomb can act transparently, you have to set it up though and it can be annoying as piss. When I set it up, I had to modify init scripts because the packaged ones were off, then I had to make a custom config and put it in user space for permissions, it was a mess. =( I would just manually set the thing up in /home or something.

[just checked] Autoscan is in mediatomb,

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=842559

but as you've said, you haven't really spent a great deal of time
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Sync the file system? You want something that auto-scans a directory? Like, you have a set music directory and it actively scans it for new songs? Anyways, media-tomb can act transparently, you have to set it up though and it can be annoying as piss. When I set it up, I had to modify init scripts because the packaged ones were off, then I had to make a custom config and put it in user space for permissions, it was a mess. =( I would just manually set the thing up in /home or something.
[just checked] Autoscan is in mediatomb,
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=842559
but as you've said, you haven't really spent a great deal of time

excellent thanks.
I'll give that a play tonight thumb.gif
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Had a chance to look into this now and sadly those options weren't really what I was looking for. inotify wouldn't work over NFS and the periodic scan is going to be expensive as I have several hundred gig of music alone (let along my DVD rips). What I really wanted (and amazed there isn't inbuilt support for it) is something that would just scan a directory for changes upon accessing it. It would have been a much more efficient routine then. frown.gif However in the absence of anything better, I've going with hourly recursive scans.

Now I'm just trying to get transcoding to work properly.

I'm actually very tempted to build my own uPnP server as I'm a little disappointed with how insane Media Tomb's configuration is and how far behind all the others are. Given most of the useful stuff in MT are external routines (eg transcoding is just piped VLC / ogg123 streams), I could probably knock up something half decent in Perl in about a week.
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