MythicalLibrarian, Media stubs

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[[Image:Librarianas.png|left|200px|diagram of how mythicalLibrarian works]]Newest version was released --[[User:Outleradam|Outleradam]] 23:54, 2 January 2010 (UTC)
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{{:Adding videos to the library/Contents}}
[[Image:Libraraianlibraryfiles2.jpg|right|200px|actual picture from XBMC with recordings from MythTV ]]
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As of v11 (Eden), XBMC now has support for offline media stub files. These are files that represent a media outside of the online digital infrastructure and allow XBMC's library to catalogue your "offline" media collection, as well as ask for the media when selected for playback.  By default these files have a .disc extension (modifiable via [[advancedsettings.xml|advancedsettings.xml]]).  In cooperation with Confluence Skin's (and possibly others) feature to search for words like DVD, Bluray, and HDDVD in the filename it is possible to create a disc stub file that will show correct media flags in the skin.  For example, if you have Finding Nemo on DVD, you could create an empty file called: "Finding Nemo (2003).dvd.disc" and add it to your library.  In the XBMC libray this file will show up with the DVD media flag in the Confluence Skin and when selected you will be prompted to insert the Finding Nemo DVD.
[[Image:Librararianlibraryfile.jpg|right|200px|actual picture from XBMC with recordings from MythTV ]]
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'''The Missing Symlink'''
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mythicalLibrarian will convert your recordings into a [[Video Library]].  You can see an example to the right.
 
  
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To mark a disc stub as BluRay add the words "bluray" or "bdrip" to the file name (as explained above).  For HDDVD add "hddvd".  For DVD add "dvd".  For TV add "pdtv", "hdtv", or "dsr".  For VHS add "vhs".
  
'''About The Program'''
 
  
mythicalLibrarian is a highly versitile tool designed to assign season and episode numbers to television shows based on show title and episode title so they are easily recognized by XBMC or BoxeemythicalLibrarian interfaces with TheTvDb to gain information about the target file.  mythicalLibrarian also has the ability to interface with MythTV's local database, XBMC's command interface, and Ubuntu GNOME desktop to provide an all-around recording recognition/managing engine which will run in the background of your back-end computer to update your library and provide status updates upon each completed job.
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You can also add a custom message to be displayed when attempting to play a Disc Stub fileThis is accomplished by treating the disc stub file as an xml file with the following layout:
  
mythicalLibrarian pulls information supplied by your [[MythTV]] program guide and, for episodes, and makes a fuzzy logic match out of the supplied data.  If fuzzy logic is not enough, it will match original air date.  For Movies, mythicalLibrarian will rename your MythTV recordings based upon information obtained from the program guide database on your computer.  If you allow commercial data to be generated for your shows, mythicalLibrarian will also copy this data with the recordings. mythicalLibrarian allows MythTV to remain in control of the files, so there is no reason not to process your recordings for boxee and XBMC.
 
  
MythicalLibrarian was designed to run under Ubuntu Karmic Koala OS through BASH2.
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<source lang="xml">
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<discstub>
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  <message>Message to be displayed</message>
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</discstub>
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</source>
  
  
[[Image:Files.mythicalfilesystemthumb.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Click this link to see the big picture http://wiki.xbmc.org/images/5/5f/Files.mythicalfilesystem.gif ]]
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The message will be displayed on the second line of the dialog box that asks you to insert a disc when selecting a disc stub file for playback. This added feature allows users who use a numbered library for their disc media to also take advantage of this new Disc Stub file support in XBMC.
'''How it works'''
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mythicalLibrarian will generate several files of it's own while running. It must have it's own working directory. To the right, you can see an example of the layout of /mythicalLibrarian, the files which it creates and their purposes.
 
Here is the basic flow:
 
*Episodes- mythicalLibrarian references TheTvDb to gain SeriesID. Get current time from TheTvDb  If the database is out-of-date or non existant, it will download the full series and parse it.  Then, using fuzzy logic, it makes a match of the series name and gains season and episode information.  If this is not possible, it will attempt a match of original airdate from your MythTV program guide database.
 
mythicalLibrarian will rename your recognizable episodes to: "'''''/Show Name/Show Name.SxxExx (episode title).ext'''''"
 
  
*Movies- mythicalLibrarian references your MythTV program guide database to verify it is a movie and then obtains the year for the movie.
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For more technical information on this new feature see [http://trac.xbmc.org/ticket/10384 here], [https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/pull/76 here], and [https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/pull/89 here].
mythicalLibrarian will rename your movies to: "'''''/Movie Name/movie title (Year).ext'''''"
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'''Additional Information'''
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*Although mythicalLibrarian has no known issues at the present time, mythicalLibrarian is in beta until it goes one month without problem reports. Please report problems here in the XBMC Forum thread:  http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?p=470402#post470402
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*If you would like to see additional features and functions, please post in this thread http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=65769
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==Installation of mythicalLibrarian==
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*Get the current version of mythcalLibrarian from Google Code: [http://mythicallibrarian.googlecode.com/files/mythicalLibrarian.sh download link]
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*Place mythicalLibrarian.sh in /home/mythtv/mythicalLibrarian
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mkdir /home/mythtv/mythicalLibrarian
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cp /home/yourusername/downloads/mythicallibrarian.sh /home/mythtv/mythicalLibrarian
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*Make mythicalLibrarian executable by typing the following:
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sudo chmod +x /home/mythtv/mythicalLibrarian
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*Install dependencies
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apt-get install curl agrep libnotify-bin
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====Setting the Settings====
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[[Image:MythicalsettingsThumbnail.jpg|right|thumb|200px| Click this link to see the big picture http://wiki.xbmc.org/images/1/15/Mythicalsett.jpg]]
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To make mythicalLibrarian work, you will need to set the following settings located in text format within mythicalLibrarian.sh.You can see a picture of the settings to the right.
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*MoveDir - this is your primary episode move dir.
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*AlternateMoveDir- this is the folder where episodes will be moved if movedir cannot be used
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*FailSafeDir- folder to place links if files cannot be moved
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*PrimaryMovieDir-Folder to place movies
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*AlternateMovieDir- this is where movies will be placed if PrimaryMovieDir fails
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*Database username and password should be mythtv or root by default, but can be tested by opening a terminal and typing
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mysql -u*username* -p*password*  #replace *username* and *password* with your mysql username and password
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Leave the rest as default
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====Use of mythicalLibrarian on MythTV Applications====
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*Click System/Administration MythTV Baclend setup
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*Select "1. General" then select next until you get to screen 3
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*Check "Follow symbolic links when deleting files". 
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*Select next until you get to screen 8
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*Check "Allow user job #1 Jobs"
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*Select next until you get to screen 10
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UserJob #1 Description: MythSExx
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User Job #1 Command: /home/mythtv/MythSExx/MythSExx.sh  "%TITLE%" "%SUBTITLE%" "%DIR%/%FILE%"
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*Select Finish to exit
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*Select 6. Storage Directories
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*Select Default
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*Add a recording folder to which MythTV has access ie. /home/mythtv/Videos
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*Add additional folders if required. 
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*Remove folders to which MythTV cannot run move jobs such as /lib or /var
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====Use of mythicalLibrarian on non-MythTV Applications====
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*edit mythicalLibrarian.sh and set Database=Disabled
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*Set mythicalLibrarian up to run the job as follows:
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/home/mythtv/mythicalLibrarian/mythicalLibrarian.sh "Show name" "Show Title" "File to rename"
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*see Setting the Settings in this section
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==Librarian Interfaces ==
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mythicalLibrarian has the capability to send notifications to the Ubuntu GNOME desktop and keep your XBMC library up-to-date and clean.
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====XBMC Commands====
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[[Image:Xbmc notification.jpg|right|http://www.xbmc.org Another Sucessful library addition]]
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mythicalLibrarain can keep XBMC's library up to date, clean out deleted files and send a notification upon a completed job. 
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*edit mythicalLibrarian.sh in your text editor
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*set XBMCUpdate, XBMCClean, and XBMCNotify to the desired settings, either Enabled, or Disabled
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* Set the IP and port under XBMCIP eg.
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XBMCIP=192.168.1.110:8080
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====GNOME Desktop Notifications====
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[[Image:GNOMENotificationsthumbs.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Another Sucessful library addition ]]
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* mythicalLibrarian requires no-password sudo access to send GNOME notifications.  This can be a security risk.
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GNOME Desktop notifications are used on the back-end machine by mythicalLibrarian to let you know that a file move operation is in process or an operation has completed. The external script librarian-notify-send becomes the specified username and sends a GNOME desktop notification. librarian-notify-send requires the user mythtv to have access to the sudo command without a password if run as a user job.
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* Get the current version of librarian-notify-send from Google Code [http://mythicallibrarian.googlecode.com/files/librarian-notify-send download link]
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* place the file in /usr/local/bin
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* add mythtvall group
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sudo addgroup mythtvall
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* add mythtv to the mythtvall group
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sudo adduser mythtv mythtvall
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* edit the sudoers file
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sudo visudo
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* add the following line to the sudoers
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%mythtvall ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL
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* hit ctrl-x and then y, then enter to write out and quit visudo
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* make librarian-notify-send executable by typing
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sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/librarian-notify-send
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* edit mythicalLibrarian and set Notify=Enabled  and NotifyUserName=*your user name*
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You are done.
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====Notes====
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mythicalLibrarian is a spawn from the project BashSExx and [[MythSExx]].
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[[MythSExx]] can be used if you are strictly trying to rename episodes
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mythicalLibrarian is currently in advanced beta stage.
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[[category:File Sharing|Sources]]
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[[category:PVR]]
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Revision as of 12:39, 30 March 2012

The basic steps for adding
videos to the library:

1. Naming video files

Movies
TV shows
Music videos

2. Adding video sources
3. Set content and scan

As of v11 (Eden), XBMC now has support for offline media stub files. These are files that represent a media outside of the online digital infrastructure and allow XBMC's library to catalogue your "offline" media collection, as well as ask for the media when selected for playback. By default these files have a .disc extension (modifiable via advancedsettings.xml). In cooperation with Confluence Skin's (and possibly others) feature to search for words like DVD, Bluray, and HDDVD in the filename it is possible to create a disc stub file that will show correct media flags in the skin. For example, if you have Finding Nemo on DVD, you could create an empty file called: "Finding Nemo (2003).dvd.disc" and add it to your library. In the XBMC libray this file will show up with the DVD media flag in the Confluence Skin and when selected you will be prompted to insert the Finding Nemo DVD.


To mark a disc stub as BluRay add the words "bluray" or "bdrip" to the file name (as explained above). For HDDVD add "hddvd". For DVD add "dvd". For TV add "pdtv", "hdtv", or "dsr". For VHS add "vhs".


You can also add a custom message to be displayed when attempting to play a Disc Stub file. This is accomplished by treating the disc stub file as an xml file with the following layout:


<discstub>
  <message>Message to be displayed</message>
</discstub>


The message will be displayed on the second line of the dialog box that asks you to insert a disc when selecting a disc stub file for playback. This added feature allows users who use a numbered library for their disc media to also take advantage of this new Disc Stub file support in XBMC.


For more technical information on this new feature see here, here, and here.

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