Installing Slimserver on Bubba?

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doraemon
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Post by doraemon » 04 Mar 2007, 15:22

Yay!

Can't wait... :)

James
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Post by James » 16 Mar 2007, 10:43

Anything more on this?

tor
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Post by tor » 20 Mar 2007, 08:08

Ok, we now have something for you all to test.

We have added slimserver version 6.3.1 to our repository for easy installation.

Note however that this is a experimental release and we can't promise anything regarding functionality or future of this. Installation is on your own risk. (At least for now)

But a quick guide on how to install is as follows:

Make sure you have a user with shell access.

Log in to Bubba with that user

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ssh user@bubba
Become root

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su
Password is excito if you havn't changed it.

Edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list

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nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Remove the # from the first three lines.

ctrl-o writes the file and ctrl-x exits the editor.

The end result should look something like:

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deb http://ftp.se.debian.org/debian/ sarge main
deb http://security.debian.org/ sarge/updates main
deb http://ftp.se.debian.org/debian/ sarge non-free

deb http://update.excito.net/ bubba main
Update sources:

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apt-get update
Install slimserver:

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apt-get install slimserver
(This will take some time)

Restore the /etc/apt/sources.list file, add # to the front of the three top rows.

Leaving the file something like this:

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#deb http://ftp.se.debian.org/debian/ sarge main
#deb http://security.debian.org/ sarge/updates main
#deb http://ftp.se.debian.org/debian/ sarge non-free

deb http://update.excito.net/ bubba main
Do a new update of sources to restore this.

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apt-get update
Now you should have a working slimserver installation. Music that is stored under /storage/music should be available on SqueezeBoxes in the local network.

Note however that slimserver takes quite some time to start.

All feedback on this is appreciated.

/Tor
Co-founder OpenProducts and Ex Excito Developer

bmcm
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slimerver 6.3 vs. 6.5?

Post by bmcm » 11 Apr 2007, 08:32

Hi -

I have not yet (!) invested in a bubba, but am considering it as a
slimserver for my home music system. So I am following this thread
with interest.

In an early message (Dec 06?) there was a statement that slimserver
6.5 was successfully running; but this most recent message, announcing
an experimental release, was of 6.3.1. I guessing (from messages
I am seeing in other forums - particularly at slimdevices) that this may
mean that 6.5.x is significantly more demanding of resources (particularly
RAM) and may therefore not run satisfactorily on the current bubba
(with its 64MB, non expandable, RAM).

Can anybody (tor?) comment on this? While it would be nice even to have
6.3.1 running reliably, I would be concerned if this meant that any bubba
based server would be stuck indefinitely on a slimserver version
that is (presumably) not being maintained any longer...

Best - Barry.

4season
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Slimserver 6.5.x .debs please

Post by 4season » 17 May 2007, 02:09

Hello,

It took awhile (mostly spent sitting in customs), but my Bubba arrived the other day, and so far, it looks terrific: Installing the hard drive, updating the software and slimserver 6.3.1 .debs worked without a hitch. I currently have about 100 albums loaded in Slimserver and it seems to work well. Web interface is kind of slow, but I was expecting this, and I find it useable.

But..! Slim Devices's Transporter requires Slimserver 6.5.x, and so do recent versions of the Softsqueeze client software. Has anyone created .deb packages of the current Slimserver? Or can anyone suggest a good online tutorial for creating my own Debian packages? I have some familiarity with Debian Sarge on x86 hardware.

Jeff

PS: I used a 500 gigabyte Seagate hard drive which boasted having a fluid main bearing. The Bubba + Seagate combo isn't totally silent, but it's easy to forget that it's running sometimes. Good stuff.

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Post by tor » 17 May 2007, 04:42

Hi,

Regarding a newer version of slimserver. We actually have packages for this as well. But since they are more difficult to install, due to the MySQL dependency, an d that the newer version seems a bit heavier on resource demands we decided to go with the elder version.

I will however see what i can do to provide the newer version as well in some form. And then we can see what people think about it. It seems like a lot of you guys are running MySQL anyway :)

/Tor
Co-founder OpenProducts and Ex Excito Developer

4season
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Post by 4season » 17 May 2007, 14:05

Thank you Tor, I'll be watching for possible new announcements.

Meanwhile, I also posted a request on the Slim Devices forums asking for "Slimserver Lite"! I can't be the only person who would prefer using a tiny server such as Bubba instead of a regular computer, even a compact one like a Mac Mini.

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Post by marctoro » 19 Jun 2007, 17:36

tor wrote:Hi,

I will however see what i can do to provide the newer version as well in some form. And then we can see what people think about it. It seems like a lot of you guys are running MySQL anyway :)

/Tor
Hi there Tor, Any update on this?
Marcelo I Toro

tor
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Post by tor » 20 Jun 2007, 02:40

Hi marctoro,

Unfortunately we have not had time to do this yet. But its still on our todo-list :) With a little luck we could perhaps have something next week, but still no promises.

/Tor
Co-founder OpenProducts and Ex Excito Developer

Clive
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Post by Clive » 20 Jun 2007, 15:46

Is there an update coming next week then Tor ?? :P

If so, just a reminder to make sure you include the complete contents of the 'webadmin' directory so that those of us using Bubbalibres hack do not have any problems during the upgrade :D

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Post by jesperw » 23 Jul 2007, 07:17

This sounds really interesting! Any news on Slimserver v 6.5.x?

e93max
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How to admin the slimserver?

Post by e93max » 11 Aug 2007, 11:24

Hi,
A few weeks ago I bought a Squeezebox and a Bubba. I have successfully managed to get them working together (following the instructions in this thread....). However, I am no Linix guy at all and am somewhat confused when it comes to how to admin my music library, how to make the Squeezebox aware of the fact that music has been added/changed.

On the normal Windows-based Slimserver there is a admin webpage where you can tell the server to nitify the Squeezebox about the changes. I have had a glance in the slimserver instrallation (using ssh) on the bubba but am not sure how to "refresh" the library. I assume there is some sort of web-interface.

/Martin

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Post by tor » 13 Aug 2007, 03:05

e93max, you should be able to reach the slimserver web-ui at something like http://bubba:9000

Jesper and others. The upgrade of slimserver is on hold until we have the major upgrade to Debian Etch done, our plan there is to install MySQL by default and thus make it easier for us to provide a new Slimserver package.

/Tor
Co-founder OpenProducts and Ex Excito Developer

raven
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Post by raven » 13 Aug 2007, 12:21

tor wrote: Jesper and others. The upgrade of slimserver is on hold until we have the major upgrade to Debian Etch done, our plan there is to install MySQL by default and thus make it easier for us to provide a new Slimserver package.

/Tor
Tor, will the Debian Etch upgrade run on existing Bubbas?
Or will it require the new mystery product that is rumored...? Yes, I am REALLY curious if there is anything behind the gossip..:) Jokes aside, the Bubba is really great, but slightly underpowered for my needs. On the other hand, there aren't too many open platform (read: Linux) based products out there, so the options are limited. Guess I just have to wait and hope for the best, right?

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Post by tor » 16 Aug 2007, 08:05

raven,

The etch upgrade should hopefully work on existing Bubbas. That is at least our intention. There is a slight risk that we wont be able to provide it as an upgrade image but will require a reinstall instead.

And i can guarantee that the mystery product is not a gossip. We are working as fast as we can on getting it done.

/Tor
Co-founder OpenProducts and Ex Excito Developer

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