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 Post subject: HOWTO: R6 and XBMC
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 3:22 pm 
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XBMC is now available for R6 and it's built with VDPAU support. Enter the following as root in a terminal window to install.

Code:
pacman -Syu
pacman -S xbmc


As your mythtv user, enter the following to run XBMC in full screen mode.

Code:
xbmc -fs


You will need to configure XBMC via the settings menu option. Make sure you select VDPAU as your render setting if you want hardware acceleration.

Default support for common remotes (StreamZap and MCE) is available.

For MythTV integration, there is an interesting python plug-in called MythBox. It's a MythTV frontend for XBMC, but it's still in beta. It works for me, but is prone to crashing. You might want to give it a try.

http://code.google.com/p/mythbox/

Please report any finding (good or bad).

last edit: 12 Jan 2010


Last edited by nharris on Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:20 am, edited 4 times in total.


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:24 pm 
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Typed
pacman -Syu xbmc-svn

No error messages but no XBMC either. Do I have to change the repositories?


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:32 pm 
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mikemcc11 wrote:
Typed
pacman -Syu xbmc-svn

No error messages but no XBMC either. Do I have to change the repositories?

That should do it. It is in the R6 testing repository (under extra-testing/community/xbmc-svn). I think this is where your /etc/pacman.conf should already point to.

If not, you may need to add the following to your /etc/pacman.conf (and disable core and extra).

Code:
[core-testing]
Server = http://knoppmyth.net/repo/i686/core-testing

[extra-testing]
Server = http://knoppmyth.net/repo/i686/extra-testing


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:39 pm 
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My /etc/pacman.conf

[core-testing]
Server = http://knoppmyth.net/repo/i686/core-testing

[extra-testing]
Server = http://knoppmyth.net/repo/i686/extra-testing

core and extra are disabled. When I enter the pacman command nothing is downloading.

I do have these 2 directories:
/var/lib/pacman/sync/extra-testing/xbmc-svn-20231-2
/var/lib/pacman/sync/extra-testing/xbmc-8.10-10

they contain 2 files : depends and desc


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:56 pm 
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mikemcc11, what is the output of "pacman -S xbmc-svn"?


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:59 pm 
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mikemcc11, my mistake. With pacman, you can't combine the repo update with the install. I have corrected the first post.


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 9:43 pm 
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Wow

I was looking XBMC for a while but the mythbox plugins is really great. I'd like mythtv have a beautifull and ergonomic interface.

My daughter like XBMC with mythbox plugin on her laptop.

Thanks
Bob


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:42 am 
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Thanks for your help.

Now I get:

error: failed retrieving file 'xbmc-svn-20231-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz' from knoppmyth.net : Not Found

When I look at the repository the package is "xbmc-svn-20231-3". I assume there is an easy solution as the file name has changed but I don't know enough about packman and packages. Any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:54 am 
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did you try pacman -Syu again before attempting to install it?


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 7:27 am 
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I swear I did the pacman -Syu several times last night but had no success when I typed in the URL for core-testing and extra-testing last night the listing showed xbmc-svn-20231-3 and pacman was looking for '20231-2.

This morning worked great - Thanks for your help!


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 9:58 am 
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I just updated the repo build to svn-20449. I also added support for the MCE and StreamZap remotes.

Please update and let me know if your remote works.


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:37 am 
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Sorry I feel like an idiot. When I:

pacman -Syu
pacman -S xbmc-svn

I get : warning: xbmc-svn-20231-3 is up to date -- reinstalling

It seems like pacman is not seeing the updated files.

I check the Repository and it file is actually updated to the version that you list.

How do you force pacman to update the repository listing? I tried: pacman -Syyu


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:48 am 
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Never mind - I did it again and the new package downloaded and installed. There must me a short delay before pacman picks up the changes.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:24 am 
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A new xbmc-svn build is available (svn version 20948). Streamzap and MCE remotes should be supported by default.


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 Post subject: Switching?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:37 am 
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How do you switch into and out of xbmc in R6?


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