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CinemaVision with remote NFS video repository doesn't work?

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Greatings!  I have been struggling with CinemaVision in my environment.

That environment is a group of RasberryPi media stations running LibreElec and using NFS to source video data and MYSQL to allow shared database between the livingroom, garage, etc..  Works fantastic for years now.

Then I discovered the old Cinema Experience, but I simply could never make that work for me at all and gave up for a year or more.  THEN, I stumbled upon CiniemaVision and signed up with a lifetime subscription right away.

This lead me down a path that was somewhat disappointing and confusing...

So, you MUST put cinema vision data in a working datasource, right?  (Why?)  Okay, I do that on my NFS server without issue, download some bumpers, and stuff and give it a try..  But SOME setup options point me at my NFS sources, and some only allow me to see the local FS, where this is no data at all..   Stuggled with this intermittently for weeks and finally decided I was at the same place as CinemaExperience - dead.

After a few months of stewing on my membership money, I decided to do another test and built ONE standalone "local disk" version of a media player.

Imagine my shock when everything just worked..

Soooooo....  Back to my actual living room, where I am NOT going to setup a needless redundant local copy of my video sources..  How to make it work?   I tried, just now to make a copy on my local /storage folder, then configure that as a DATA SOURCE, then light up CV to pick the default directory now located in that local data source.  It doesn't see the new source - it SEEMS to ONLY see the first "sources.xml" entry..  Okay, REARRANGE the sources so CV is at the top of the list?

<sources>
    <programs>
        <default pathversion="1"></default>
    </programs>
    <video>
        <default pathversion="1"></default>
        <source>
            <name>CinemaVision</name>
            <path pathversion="1">/storage/cv/</path>
            <allowsharing>false</allowsharing>
        </source>
        <source>
            <name>movies</name>
            <path pathversion="1">nfs://192.168.100.27/tank/media/movies/</path>
            <allowsharing>true</allowsharing>
        </source>
        <source>
            <name>movies_ldo</name>
            <path pathversion="1">nfs://192.168.100.27/tank/media/movies_ldo/</path>
            <allowsharing>true</allowsharing>
        </source>
....etc

Reboot, and....  No change - CinemaVision INSISTS on using the first NFS mount listed as "movies" and will not BUDGE to any other source, even though I have six of them configured, including the local FS copy of CV data.. 

When configuring ACTIONS, some action dialogs refer to the configured NFS source, but OTHER dialogs force me to view the local filesystem only.   This results in action files that can't be configured (can't see the files required) or simply hang at best, and wedge the entire system at worst..

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Is anyone else out there using a NAS/MYSQL solution like I am?  How do I get CV to use the source I WANT vs, well, I'm not sure HOW It's making the source selection at all at this point..  I certainly isn't paying any attention to sources.xml that I can see..

Help?

Sincerely,

-ET-

 

 

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So, you're basically just wanting your CV directory structure on your NAS and to call that from multiple Kodi boxes?  Just want to make sure we're on the same page.

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Hi OTA!  Yes, that is exactly the goal..  Any given action file, having the SAME PATHS embedded in them (ie; to the NAS supplied "movies" share) would work identically on all systems regardless of physical location..   But mostly I just want to use that remote NFS share in my living room..   As noted, some action sequence modules allow me to configure using the "NFS://$IP/$PATH" but others seem to only allow me to see the local FS..   I'm not even clear how the NFS sources are handled, really - like I can't see a mount point anywhere even when I'm playing something from that source, so I can't, say, use the local FS mountpoint to  reference those file indirectly..  Anyway, thanks so very much for your response and I hope this clarifies my goal..

Sincerely,

-ET-

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I have a similar configuration.  I run a SQL database for multiple users and host my media from my NAS, though it's a SMB share.  Unfortunately, I only have it running on a single device, so I'm not hosting my CV files from the NAS but the local file store.  I was planning on installing Kodi to the kids' firesticks so they could stream in their bedrooms, but I've never gotten that far.

Theoretically it should be fine either by manually setting the path in your sequence or possibly using symbolic links.  What version of KODI and CV are you running?  What device are you running it on?

I'm running CinemaVision version 1.1.1.a12 with Kodi 18.9 on an Odroid C2 with CoreELEC installed.

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On 6/16/2021 at 2:48 PM, MartinsVision said:

ive been using Kodi from a nas  since the start on SMB all my stuff runs to my different rooms from may Nas never had a problem  

I'm sorry - are you saying you are using a NAS for your media without issue, or that you can utilize all the features of Cinema Vision from your NAS share without issue?

I'm using LibreElec on RPi 3's.  When I attempt to configure actions in Cinema Vision, many of the actions force me to use the local file system vs. the NFS share where the data is located.  You are saying you do not suffer from this issue at all ever.

Mind if I ask what your hardware environment is like.   Do you ALSO use a central DB via mysql so every player has the same view of media content and played status?

Thanks for commenting!  Ever datum helps!

-ET-

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On 5/28/2021 at 5:30 AM, OTA said:

...  What version of KODI and CV are you running?  What device are you running it on?

Hi, Hey, I realize now I never responded to your query - my bad!

LibreELEC (official): 9.2.6 (RPi2.arm)  running on PRi3 via NFS mounts to FreeBSD NAS backend

Using a jail on same FreeBSD NAS to ALSO supply MySQL host that coordinates shared content database.

Kodi 18.9 Kodi 19 Matrix

Cinema Vision 1.1.1

 

When I get a few moments, I'll sift through the modules and report which ones lock me into the local FS only and which seem to be okay with the NAS share..

 

Thanks!

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