Pre-Eden XBMC-live on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid


I wanted to try out some of the new features in the upcoming XBMC Eden release.

The problem is that I am running XMBC-live on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid and the Eden xbmc-live package requires the uxlaunch package which is only available in newer versions of Ubuntu However, it is still possible to get a working xbmc-live setup by manually configuring the system startup.

NOTICE: This guide describes how I was able to upgrade my existing Ubuntu 10.04 XMBC-live system to work with Eden nightlies. I have no idea if this process works on fresh installs or different versions of Ubuntu If you are running Ubuntu 10.04, I would recommend installing the stable version of XBMC live prior to attempting this guide.

First, add the XBMC nightly PPA. The official PPA is provided by Team XBMC and can be found here: ppa:team-xbmc/unstable.
However, at time of writing, the official PPA was having some problems with the build servers, so I ended up using a ppa recommended on XBMCFreak located here: ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/xbmc-nightly.

The first step is to install the new PPA and update your sources.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/xbmc-nightly
sudo apt-get update

Next, upgrade the xbmc packages:

apt-get upgrade xbmc xbmc-bin

During this process, some of the old xbmc packages will be removed, including xbmc-data and xbmc-standalone.

Now we should have the new version of xbmc installed, however, when we boot the system, X will not start automatically and we will be left with a login prompt.

The final step is to edit the startup script. This script is located at /etc/init/xbmc-live.conf and probably already exists if you already had a previous version of XMBC-live installed. There is a simple change to make to the script to point it at the new executable.

Open the script:

sudo nano /etc/init/xbmc-live.conf

Scroll down to the script section and change the exec from /usr/bin/runXBMC to /usr/bin/xbmc-standalone:

script
        if ! grep -i -q autostart /tmp/xbmcliveParams ; then
                exit
        fi
 
        exec /bin/su xbmc -c "/usr/bin/startx /etc/X11/Xsession /usr/bin/xbmc-standalone"
end script

Restart your system and XMBC should come up. Switch to the confluence skin to see the new features.

Here is the full script for completeness:

# xbmc-live
#
# init XBMC environment and starts XBMC in fullscreen (if asked to do so)
 
#      Copyright (C) 2005-2008 Team XBMC
#      http://www.xbmc.org
#
#  This Program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
#  it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
#  the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
#  any later version.
#
#  This Program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
#  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
#  MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
#  GNU General Public License for more details.
#
#  You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
#  along with XBMC; see the file COPYING.  If not, write to
#  the Free Software Foundation, 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.
#  http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
 
description     "XBMCLive"
author          "Luigi Capriotti"
 
start on (filesystem and stopped udevtrigger)
 
stop on runlevel [06]
 
emits starting-x
 
pre-start script
	get_opt() {
		echo "$@" | cut -d "=" -f 2
	}
 
	clear >/dev/tty7 || true
 
	CMDLINE=$(cat /proc/cmdline)
 
	#Process command line options
	XBMC_PARAMS=""
	for i in ${CMDLINE}; do
		case "${i}" in
		xbmc\=*)
		      XBMC_PARAMS=$(get_opt $i)
		      ;;
		esac
	done
	echo $XBMC_PARAMS > /tmp/xbmcliveParams
 
	if grep "boot=live" /proc/cmdline ; then
		# Relies on init scripts to mount boot device on a specified directory
		BOOTMEDIAMOUNTPOINT="/live/image"
	fi
 
	BOOTHOOKSDIRECTORY="/etc/xbmc"
 
	xbmcUser=xbmc
	# Read configuration variable file if it is present
	[ -r /etc/default/xbmc-live ] && . /etc/default/xbmc-live
	if ! getent passwd $xbmcUser >/dev/null; then
		xbmcUser=$(getent passwd 1000 | sed -e 's/\:.*//')
	fi
 
	# Executes pre-hooks (if any) in the System "Hooks" directory
	if [ -d $BOOTHOOKSDIRECTORY/live.d ]; then
	  for hook in $(find $BOOTHOOKSDIRECTORY/live.d -type f -perm /u=x,g=x,o=x | sort)
	  do
	        $hook $BOOTMEDIAMOUNTPOINT $XBMC_PARAMS  || true
	  done
	fi
 
	# Executes pre-hooks (if any) in the user "Hooks" directory
	if [ -d /home/$xbmcUser/.xbmc/live.d ]; then
	  for hook in $(find /home/$xbmcUser/.xbmc/live.d -type f -perm /u=x,g=x,o=x | sort)
	  do
	        $hook $BOOTMEDIAMOUNTPOINT $XBMC_PARAMS  || true
	  done
	fi
 
	if [ -f /home/$xbmcUser/.xsession ] ; then
		rm /home/$xbmcUser/.xsession
	fi
	if [ -f /tmp/noRestartXBMC ] ; then
		rm /tmp/noRestartXBMC
	fi
end script
 
script
	if ! grep -i -q autostart /tmp/xbmcliveParams ; then
		exit
	fi
 
	exec /bin/su xbmc -c "/usr/bin/startx /etc/X11/Xsession /usr/bin/xbmc-standalone"
end script
 
pre-stop script
	touch /tmp/noRestartXBMC
	rm /tmp/xbmcliveParams
 
	# Clean up the console before we switch to it, to avoid text flicker
	if [ -x /usr/bin/tput ] ; then
		tput -Tlinux reset > /dev/tty1 || true
		tput -Tlinux reset > /dev/tty8 || true
	fi
 
	# Clear VT 1 & 8 of any console messages
	clear >/dev/tty1 || true
	clear >/dev/tty8 || true
end script

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