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      Calling all Linux experts!

      Hi,

      I'm trying to extract a few recordings off my old Sky+HD box HDD with the XTVFS Reader Linux project. https://sourceforge.net/projects/xtvfs/.

      I've managed to create a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu on it and it works fine. The problem is I don't have a clue how to get the XTVFS Reader working!

      Are there any Linux experts on this forum who would be kind enough to give me some advice please?




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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Doesn't look like there are any Linux experts on this forum but there must be plenty around considering how popular Linux and Ubuntu in particular have become.
      Go to: Linux User Groups
      to check if there is a Linux User Group in your local area. Most run a mailing list. Some may even have a forum.

      I do dabble a bit so the following info might help.
      From https://sourceforge.net/projects/xtvfs/
      Click on "Browse Code".
      "Download Snapshot" link will download project code as a zip file.
      If presented with option to open in archive manager or download accept first option.
      Click on extract then extract again when folder tree is displayed.
      Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t in Ubuntu) and change directory "cd xtvfs-code-r2-trunk".
      At this point it should just be a case of running "qmake" followed by "make" but I doubt that those
      commands are installed.
      If qmake is not found run:
      sudo apt-get install qt4-qmake libqt4-dev qt4-dev-tools libqt4-dev-bin
      If make is not found run:
      sudo apt-get install make
      If compilation is successful, that is no error messages are displayed, run the programme by typing:
      ./xtvfsreader

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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Thanks very much for the help Seawright, much appreciated.

      I will give those commands a try. I have already downloaded and extracted the files.

      Thanks again. I will let you know how it goes.

      Cheers

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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Good news, I've managed to get XTVFS Reader working on Linux!

      After many hours of trial & error and a lot of help from here https://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=13489.0 I got it working.

      After discovering that XTVFS Reader will only work with Disk Image files, I thought I would have to make an image of the entire 500GB Sky box HDD! Luckily I discovered that the free version of ExPVR can create image files of just the recordings you wish to copy. I didn't realise it could do that. Using that feature I was able to extract the 5 recordings I wanted to keep relatively easily.

      Happy now!
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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Glad you managed to get it to work Xizor. Have read through the thread on Linux Forums but although a step by step guide was discussed I noticed that none was forthcoming. Was the lack of a C++ compiler the only problem or did you have to make any changes to the code to get it to compile/run using Qt5?

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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      Glad you managed to get it to work Xizor. Have read through the thread on Linux Forums but although a step by step guide was discussed I noticed that none was forthcoming. Was the lack of a C++ compiler the only problem or did you have to make any changes to the code to get it to compile/run using Qt5?
      Hi seawright,

      No I didn't make any changes to the code and to be honest, I'm not exactly sure which software I installed that got it to compile correctly. In the end your suggestion of running 'qmake' and then 'make' did the job. I've learnt quite a bit about Linux in the process. Enough to steer clear of it in future!

      Thanks very much for the help.
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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Following this, got 32-Bit Ubuntu running and made some progress but get errors. Will experiment with compilers or QT5

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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Quick Update, managed to get the XTVFS running sort of. Unable to open the Stream.STR files.

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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Quote Originally Posted by David McMahon View Post
      Quick Update, managed to get the XTVFS running sort of. Unable to open the Stream.STR files.
      Are these files from free to air recording? You will not be able to open encrypted recordings.
      Is the size of the file consistent with it being a video file?
      Use the "file" command to determine the file type. If the answer is "data" then you have a problem but assuming that it is a valid type for a video file you can use a video converter programme, such as ffmpeg, to convert it to a format suitable for your media player.

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      Re: Calling all Linux experts!

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      Are these files from free to air recording? You will not be able to open encrypted recordings.
      Is the size of the file consistent with it being a video file?
      Use the "file" command to determine the file type. If the answer is "data" then you have a problem but assuming that it is a valid type for a video file you can use a video converter programme, such as ffmpeg, to convert it to a format suitable for your media player.

      I didn't get much further. I *did* get the program to compile using QT

      https://www.qt.io/download

      Even in Windows.

      However the files are still locked and I can't open them or change the security as XTVFS is a type of FAT32.

      I will try FFMpeg though.

     

     
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