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Install & Configure PHP on Arch Linux

22nd March 2015 at 23:29

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PHP is a popular dynamic server side programming language. It’s commonly used as part of LAMP stack together with Apache web server. WordPress and many other Content Management Systems are based on PHP and require it to run.

Install & Configure Apache Web Server on Arch Linux

21st March 2015 at 17:04

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Apache is the most popular web server in the world and makes a great choice for anything from a powerful production server to a small personal home server. It is often installed as part of LAMP web service solution stack.

Configure Buzzer Alarm Notifications on Arch Linux

19th March 2015 at 14:46

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Many motherboards especially older or higher end ones have a small speaker or more commonly a piezoelectric buzzer that can be used as an alarm. This can be very useful as a last resort for alerting users of serious issues when other notification methods fail to get the user’s attention.

Configure Shared XBMC / Kodi Database on Arch Linux

17th March 2015 at 23:12

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A centralized MySQL or MariaDB database allows any number of XBMC / Kodi clients to share the same media library and to be constantly in sync with each other. This also has potential to greatly improve scraping performance since only a single database needs to be updated. Most useful feature is probably the synced watch and resume counter which allows resuming of paused media from any client. Before configuring Kodi first make sure to install & configure MySQL / MariaDB on Arch Linux including the section on remote access to MySQL databases.

Install & Configure MySQL / MariaDB on Arch Linux

16th March 2015 at 21:48

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Relational database like MySQL is one of the required components to setup a web server as well as other rarer uses such as when configuring a shared XBMC / Kodi database. On Arch Linux MySQL has been replaced by a functionally identical community fork called MariaDB. The installation is also practically identical and as simple as can be expected though with a possibility of some odd errors.

Configure Command Line Notifications on Linux

12th March 2015 at 22:09

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Terminal notifications are not very useful these days since GUI is used far more often than command line. In any case it can be handy in some scenarios and it is good to know that no matter the mode of interaction the notification will always reach the user.

Install Media Browser on Arch Linux

12th March 2015 at 08:11

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Media Browser 3 is a web based interface that allows to view and manage movies, TV series and music among other things. Unfortunately Media Browser is unreasonably limited without paid features and that begs the question why one would use Media Browser when Plex Server is a much more well developed project. Free features still have some merit and Plex Server does not work with XBMC / Kodi which makes Media browser the only option in this case. The installation is painless so there is no reason not to give it a try.

Optimize XBMC / Kodi Cache Settings on Linux

8th March 2015 at 10:45

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Prior to changing cache settings install Kodi on Arch Linux. The default cache size in XBMC / Kodi is quite conservative especially when considering high bitrate streams. This lack of buffer can cause “Cache is Full” errors when streaming video and a general poor streaming performance. Increasing the cache should fix this issue. Cache settings are changed manually by editing advancedsettings.xml file which also has more cache related settings that can improve streaming.

Configure XBMC / Kodi Notifications on Linux

3rd March 2015 at 04:50

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There are many reasons to set up notifications on certain events such as SMART error. Kodi / XBMC has a simple notification system that can be invoked programmatically or via a HTTP request. Before notifications can be received you will first need to install Kodi on Arch Linux and know the IP address and port on which it Kodi is reachable. It would be helpful to configure static IP on Arch Linux or setup static IP on Ubuntu Linux since then the IP would stay constant.

Configure Email Notifications on Arch Linux

28th February 2015 at 03:16

arch-linux-email-logo Email system notifications can be used to warn of system issues like failing hard drives or failed backup scripts. To send emails a mail server can be configured but it is more complicated than it needs to be for simple notifications. Another issue with a local mail server is that some ISP’s may be blocking outbound emails making this method potentially unreliable.

A simpler alternative is to let an external mail service like Gmail send the actual email. To achieve this s-nail mail processing system will be used with the optional SMTP extension. The downside of this approach is that you will need to store you password in a plain text configuration file and allow “less secure apps” in Google settings. To avoid compromising the primary email account I opted to create a dummy account just for sending system notifications. This way, even if the Gmail account is compromised there is no real harm as no Emails are stored in that account.