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Experiences using digital video under Ubuntu, Redhat 8.0 + 9.0. Details the frustrations of getting cool stuff up and running in Linux.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Well it looked as if automounting of DVD/CDs was broken on my system. Digging into the problem, looking at .xsession-errors, I noticed that messages were being spewed out about the 'pmount' command not working. Searching around for pmount I find:

ls -l /usr/bin/pmount
mythtv@ubuntu:~$ ls -l /usr/bin/pmount
-rwsr-xr-- 1 root plugdev 23704 Apr 5 02:38 /usr/bin/pmount

Checking my mythtv groups setting:

mythtv@ubuntu:~$ groups
mythtv cdrom audio video

D'oh! My user isn't part of the plugdev group. Adding this group fixes automount again :)
DVB channels under MythTV - nightmare stuff when you're not 100% sure what's going on... more later.

Managed to get a DVD drive playing DVDs under xine:

1) Installed the DVD drive as a slave of my main CD burner
2) Boot into ubuntu, confirm the drive is detected correctly:

May 22 10:37:45 localhost kernel: hdd: ATAPI 32X DVD-ROM CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache

3) Install the de-css software as outlined here (step 8):

/usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/examples/install-css.sh

4) Make a mount point for the dvd drive:

mkdir /media/dvd0
ln -s /media/dvd0 /media/dvd

5) Add an entry to /etc/fstab for the drive:

/dev/hdd /media/dvd0 iso9660 ro,user,noauto 0 0

6) Install xine-ui

sudo apt-get install xine-ui

7) Change the dvd read location to /dev/dvd (you'll need to change the settings level to 'expert')

8) Pop in a DVD and click the 'DVD' button on the xine gui!

Simple!