MP2 Product Manager
- May 16, 2008
Did you ever post a server log?
Maybe you are right - I think we are getting close to a solutionI believe that you need to set up your recording folder in the TV Config as a UNC path
So big thanks to @HTPCSourcer for cracking this, but now I really have to ask.... How on earth, as an end user, was I supposed to know about any of this? Not one of these settings is "default". OK, in hindsight some of them may seem obvious, but setting the path to the recordings folder using a UNC path certainly wasn't.
See chapter named 'Setting the recordings folder(s)' nearly at the end of this page -> Tv Engine SetupHint: If you want to be able to delete recordings from all clients not only the client on the same system as the server, then you should use UNC path (sample: //Server/Recordings/) instead of drive letters for the recordings folders. This way any client has write access and is able to delete no longer needed recordings from inside the GUI. You probably need to add a share to your WIndows system and grant proper access there, before you can use UNC path as recording folder. UNC path is faster somehow in this case so you don't have any drawbacks here excerpt for the little bit more configuration work.
I think you can update the wiki If I’m not wrong everybody has access rights. There are definitely some gaps in the wiki and MP2 needs to be more end user oriented. It should work in most situations without fiddeling around in the settings and searching in forum. The discussions help at least to identify the weak pointsBut taking your suggestion that I should have read the manual I would suggest that it should at least say something more like "if you want to watch recorded TV on a different client, then you must use UNC paths, you must share the folder first, and you must provide a network username and password."
The underlying explanation is that TV is a plug-in that we use ( with minor adjustments) as a package from MP1. Standard paths used to work in the past as RTSP streams but something may have changed in the meantime.
This is not the normal behavior. Only to delete recordings (or any other media) it is necessary to use UNC path... This is because the server did not have the rights to delete files as it is running on lower privileges than an average user for security reasons. The playback itself is handled by the server only, so the server is the only part that needs to access the files. If you can not watch TV on a client, then something is not as it should be but it is definitely not solely due to the drive letter usage.Playing recorded TV wouldn't work at all unless I went through all those steps
In general it's always better to use UNC path in multiseat environment
The Wiki is not meant to be a scientific paper, so if the use of UNC avoids issues, then it's the right thing to do.Don't change the WIki in this direction, as it simply is not true.
Who knows, maybe something has changed. Did you test the behavior with the latest release?I could always watch Live TV on other clients, also I used drive letters until I started to experiment with Kodi
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