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minidlna rescan

I’m using minidlna on my server to serve media to the whole house.

It works, but I’ve never gotten it to auto update the media library, even though inotify is enabled.

So far I’ve just logged in on the server and run (I’m using arch linux):
/usr/bin/minidlnad -R && systemctl restart minidlna

This approach sucks for several reasons:
1) I actually need to do something to make it register new content
2) The WAF factor is at an all-time low.

Instead I’ve made this little script, to solve my problems:


#check that minidlna is not being used!
wget http://localhost:8200 -O /tmp/minidlna_index.html 2> /dev/null

isOpen=`grep ‘
-1 connections currently open
‘ /tmp/minidlna_index.html`

if [ -n “$isOpen” ]; then
#minidlna can be updated – if needed

# list files monitored by minidlna
ls -l /mnt/dlnamedia/* > /tmp/minidlna_rescan_dir_list_new

#If you want to force a minidlna rescan on the first run of this script, comment out this if block!
if [ ! -f /tmp/minidlna_rescan_dir_list ]; then
mv /tmp/minidlna_rescan_dir_list_new /tmp/minidlna_rescan_dir_list
#echo “minidlna dir list does not exist.”;

filesDiff=`diff /tmp/minidlna_rescan_dir_list /tmp/minidlna_rescan_dir_list_new`

if [ -n “$filesDiff” ]; then
#echo “dir lists don’t match – rescan!”
mv /tmp/minidlna_rescan_dir_list_new /tmp/minidlna_rescan_dir_list
/usr/bin/minidlnad -R && systemctl restart minidlna

#echo “minidlna is in use! – skipping rescan”

and I’ve then added this script to crontab:

crontab -e
0,15,30,45 * * * * /root/my_scripts/

It runs four times pr. hour.

First it checks if minidlna is in use, if so nothing is done.
Then it checks if some files changed in watched directory, if so, it will restart the minidlna service and force a rescan.

You’ll need to change the /mnt/dlnamedia/ path to match your system (the media directory path(s) in minidlna.conf).
Also, if minidlna runs on a different port then 8200, you’ll need to change that as well.
The path set in crontab (/root/my_scripts/ should match the path to where you put this script.

It works quite well for my purpose, though still not the optimal solution. Maybe it will be useful for someone else as well.

New home

So I finally took the time to set up the new (low power) server, and play a little with it.

I initially had planned to use raspberry pi (and I did for a while), but sadly, it turned out to be underpowered for my needs.
It simply ran out of memory, and apache/mysql kept crashing as a result.

I haven’t decided on a theme or style yet for this new home, so it’ll properly change over time.

One thing I really do need to fix asap is my backup scheme, as, for those of you who have followed this site, and/or the one’s I’m hosting, I had a BIG server failure, and sadly none of the disks were salvageable, and what do you know tapes SUCK for backup, if you’re only doing it once in a while.

Thus, I’m moving to a online backup scheme.