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media server not showing files

Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:16 pm

I am attempting to use my PI as a media server for XBox360 and XBox One. The server itself shows up under both platforms, but no videos are found by either. I have tried several of the server software options with the same result in each. Currently I have miniDLNA installed and running as a service. As a file server using a samba share, other computers on my network can see and write to the drive I am [wanting to] use to store the media files (NTFS external drive).

I have tried both AVI and WMV files. I know the PI won't do re-encoding for xbox play-ability, but I would have expected the names of the files to show up at the very least, even if the game console can't play them.

The permissions on the PI are
/media 755 owned by root
/media/NASDRIVE 777 owned by pi
777 for directories and read/write all for the files in the rest of the tree

Here is the contents of my /etc/minidlna.conf file:


# This is the configuration file for the MiniDLNA daemon, a DLNA/UPnP-AV media
# server.
# Unless otherwise noted, the commented out options show their default value.
# On Debian, you can also refer to the minidlna.conf(5) man page for
# documentation about this file.

# Specify the user name or uid to run as.

# Path to the directory you want scanned for media files.
# This option can be specified more than once if you want multiple directories
# scanned.
# If you want to restrict a media_dir to a specific content type, you can
# prepend the directory name with a letter representing the type (A, P or V),
# followed by a comma, as so:
# * "A" for audio (eg. media_dir=A,/var/lib/minidlna/music)
# * "P" for pictures (eg. media_dir=P,/var/lib/minidlna/pictures)
# * "V" for video (eg. media_dir=V,/var/lib/minidlna/videos)

# Path to the directory that should hold the database and album art cache.

# Path to the directory that should hold the log file.

# Type and minimum level of importance of messages to be logged.
# The types are "artwork", "database", "general", "http", "inotify",
# "metadata", "scanner", "ssdp" and "tivo".
# The levels are "off", "fatal", "error", "warn", "info" or "debug".
# "off" turns of logging entirely, "fatal" is the highest level of importance
# and "debug" the lowest.
# The types are comma-separated, followed by an equal sign ("="), followed by a
# level that applies to the preceding types. This can be repeated, separating
# each of these constructs with a comma.
# The default is to log all types of messages at the "warn" level.

# Use a different container as the root of the directory tree presented to
# clients. The possible values are:
# * "." - standard container
# * "B" - "Browse Directory"
# * "M" - "Music"
# * "P" - "Pictures"
# * "V" - "Video"
# If you specify "B" and the client device is audio-only then "Music/Folders"
# will be used as root.

# Network interface(s) to bind to (e.g. eth0), comma delimited.
# This option can be specified more than once.

# IPv4 address to listen on (e.g.
# If omitted, the mask defaults to 24. The IPs are added to those determined
# from the network_interface option above.
# This option can be specified more than once.

# Port number for HTTP traffic (descriptions, SOAP, media transfer).
# This option is mandatory (or it must be specified on the command-line using
# "-p").

# URL presented to clients (e.g.

# Name that the DLNA server presents to clients.
# Defaults to "hostname: username".

# Serial number the server reports to clients.
# Defaults to 00000000.

# Model name the server reports to clients.
#model_name=Windows Media Connect compatible (MiniDLNA)

# Model number the server reports to clients.
# Defaults to the version number of minidlna.

# Automatic discovery of new files in the media_dir directory.

# List of file names to look for when searching for album art.
# Names should be delimited with a forward slash ("/").
# This option can be specified more than once.

# Strictly adhere to DLNA standards.
# This allows server-side downscaling of very large JPEG images, which may
# decrease JPEG serving performance on (at least) Sony DLNA products.

# Support for streaming .jpg and .mp3 files to a TiVo supporting HMO.

# Notify interval, in seconds.

# Path to the MiniSSDPd socket, for MiniSSDPd support.

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Re: media server not showing files

Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:43 pm

I've been playing around with this myself and have had similar issues. I'm using a USB memory stick for my media storage and found that I needed to NOT include the mount folder in my path. I have my videos in the /home/pi/Videos/usbstick folder. I had minidlna.conf pointed to the folder media_dir=V,/home/pi/Videos/usbstick. I also could not view files in a minidlna client on iPad, but I could SSH into the Pi and see them in the command line. I finally figured out the problem. I needed to remove the usbstick from the path and it worked. media_dir=V,/home/pi/Videos

Try that on yours and see how it works. Hopefully, that fixes it for you.

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