Re: [Hampshire] Minidlna

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Author: Rafał Frąckowiak
To: Chris Malton
CC: Hampshire LUG Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Hampshire] Minidlna
Start with basics, is the service running? Maybe firewall is blocking sth? Have you checked logs?

Arch wiki should be useful as well.


> On 17 Oct 2017, at 14:18, Chris Malton via Hampshire <hampshire@???> wrote:
> Replying to self (bad form in a way):
> media_dir=/path/to/folder
> db_dir=/var/cache/minidlna
> log_dir=/var/log
> port=8200
> serial=681019810597110
> inotify=yes
> album_art_names=Cover.jpg/cover.jpg/AlbumArtSmall.jpg/albumartsmall.jpg
> album_art_names=AlbumArt.jpg/albumart.jpg/Album.jpg/album.jpg
> album_art_names=Folder.jpg/folder.jpg/Thumb.jpg/thumb.jpg
> That is the uncommented content of the minidlna.conf file.
> Minidlna is running as the "minidlna" user. - Routine install from apt-get.
> Regards,
> Chris
> On 15/10/17 13:05, Chris Malton via Hampshire wrote:
>> Hi Rob,
>> I am running minidlna on a Raspi for streaming media and it works well.
>> I will see if I can dig out the config when I get home tonight.
>> Regards,
>> Chris
>> On 15/10/17 10:30, Rob Malpass via Hampshire wrote:
>>> Hi all
>>> Has anyone had any success running minidlna? For the life of me, I can’t see what I’m doing wrong. It’s installed and according to
>>> sudo services minidlna status
>>> it seems to be running ok but I can’t see it either on the server’s file manager (which is Xenial) or on any (Windows) clients. Disconcertingly, it doesn’t even appear to be building a database or logging to anywhere. I have faffed at length with /etc/minidlna.conf but to no avail. Apparently you can either run it as yourself, and ensure minidlna.conf is pointing at directories that you have write permission to. The alternative (and default) is for it to run as a (non-logging in) user called minidlna. In this case, said user minidlna must have write permissions to all directories specified in minidlna.conf. Not wanting the hassle of chmod hierarchies, I went for the former option and specified it as such user=myname in /etc/minidlna.conf.
>>> Is there a winning formula out there? The reason I’m trying to set this up is I rather fancy [2] and sadly it only works with dlna.
>>> Cheers
>>> Rob
>>> [2]
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