Installing Xbox Media Center (XBMC) On Fedora 9 (i386)

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Author: Falko Timme

The Xbox Media Center (XBMC) is a media center application for Linux, Mac, and Windows that allows you to manage/watch/listen to/view your videos, music, and pictures. It has a nice interface, can be controlled from the desktop or a remote control or via its built-in web interface, and it can be extended by custom scripts. This guide shows how you can install XBMC on a Fedora 9 desktop (i386).

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Installing XBMC

First, open a terminal (Applications > System Tools > Terminal):

Go to your home directory and become root:

cd ~
su

There's no pre-built XBMC package for Fedora 9, so we must build it ourselves. Before we can do so, we need to install a few prerequisites:

yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'

yum groupinstall 'Development Libraries'

yum install subversion

Then we check out the XBMC sources:

svn co http://xbmc.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/xbmc/branches/linuxport/

Now we add the Livna repository to our system...

rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-9.rpm

... and install some further prerequisites (the command goes in one line!):

yum install fribidi* libogg libogg-devel SDL* glew glew-devel libvorbis libvorbis-devel gperf libmad-devel tre tre-devel boost boost-devel bzip2-devel bzip2-libs curl-devel lzo lzo-devel libXinerama-devel mysql-libs mysql-devel freetype-devel jasper jasper-devel sqlite-devel faac faac-devel enca enca-devel hal hal-devel hal-libs cmake nasm libXmu-devel fontconfig-devel pcre-devel gcc-c++

ln -s /usr/lib/mysql/libmysqlclient.so.15.0.0 /usr/lib/libmysqlclient.so

Now we can start building XBMC:

cd linuxport/XBMC/
./configure

After the ./configure command has succeeded, type

make

... and be patient - this can take some time.

It is possible that make stops with an error. If you get the following error...

In file included from GUIButtonControl.cpp:26:
../xbmc/utils/CharsetConverter.h:31:39: error: fribidi/fribidi_char_sets.h: No such file or directory

... do this...

cd xbmc
ln -s lib/libfribidi/ fribidi
cd ..

... and run

make

again.

If you get the following error...

LaTeX Warning: Reference `dvdcss_8h' on page 1 undefined on input line 5.

(/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/base/t1cmtt.fd) [1]) [2]
Chapter 2.
(./files.tex

LaTeX Warning: Reference `dvdcss_8h' on page 3 undefined on input line 3.

) [3] [4]
Chapter 3.
(./dvdcss_8h.tex [5]

! Package inputenc Error: Unicode char \u8:�ph not set up for use with LaTeX.

See the inputenc package documentation for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.
 ...

l.49 \item[Author:]St�ph
                        ane Borel $<${\tt [email protected]}$>$
?

... cancel the build process by pressing CTRL+C and open xbmc/cores/dvdplayer/Codecs/libDVDCSS/doc/latex/dvdcss_8h.tex:

gedit xbmc/cores/dvdplayer/Codecs/libDVDCSS/doc/latex/dvdcss_8h.tex

In line 49 you should find the string \item[Author:]Stéphane Borel $<${\tt [email protected]}$>$ - replace the é in the name with a normal e so that it looks as follows:

[...]
\item[Author:]Stephane Borel $<${\tt [email protected]}$>$
[...]

Then run

make

again.

If you get the following error...

In file included from tif_ojpeg.c:35:
/usr/include/jpeglib.h:1096:55: error: jpegint.h: No such file or directory

... do this...

cp xbmc/lib/cximage-6.0/jpeg/jpegint.h /usr/include/

... and run

make

again.

After the make command has succeeded, run

make install

Afterwards, exit the root shell...

exit

... and start XBMC:

xbmc

If you don't want to start XBMC from the command line, then the next chapter is for you.

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: justiz

On Fedora 10 (and possibly other Fedora & non-fedora distro's), I had to install an additional 2 packages to get the current XBMC version (9.04) to compile, libsamplerate-devel and libcdio-devel.

yum -y install libsamplerate-devel libcdio-devel

Hope that helps someone!

By: Jim Shank

I got an error regarding samplerate.h. Finally found:

yum install libsamplerate-devel libcdio-devel

resolved the missing dependency.

By: Anonymous

yum install libmad-devel

By: toan

I unable to check out sourcode. svn: REPORT request failed on '/svnroot/xbmc/!svn/vcc/default' svn: REPORT of '/svnroot/xbmc/!svn/vcc/default': Could not read response body: Connection reset by peer (http://xbmc.svn.sourceforge.net) how can I resolve this?

By: Gman

This happened to me as well since 4 months back. However, the problem is not on your side but on the server side. It could be a bandwidth problem or application error on the host. Anyway, try it again after some time and it would work. If I am not mistaken, I tried 4-5 times before it worked.

By: Anonymous

Hi,

I am trying to install Boxee on Fedora 10, but when I tried ./configure, I got the following error. 

checking mad.h usability... no
checking mad.h presence... no
checking for mad.h... no
configure: error: ERROR: Could not find a required library. Please see README.linux

Mad.h in the xmbc directory. Do I just need to specify where to find it?

[XBMC]# find . -name "mad.h" -print
./xbmc/cores/paplayer/MP3Codec/libmad-0.15.1b/msvc++/mad.h
./xbmc/cores/dvdplayer/DVDCodecs/Audio/libmad/mad.h
./xbmc/cores/dvdplayer/Codecs/libmad/msvc++/mad.h

Any help would be much appreciated.

 

Thank you!

By: BrotherMan38

Worked great, I built it on fedora 10.

Thanks alot.

By: Ticker

I built it on fedora 10 too, but ran into some problems when doing below command:

yum install fribidi* libogg libogg-devel SDL* glew glew-devel libvorbis libvorbis-devel gperf libmad-devel tre tre-devel boost boost-devel bzip2-devel bzip2-libs curl-devel lzo lzo-devel libXinerama-devel mysql-libs mysql-devel freetype-devel jasper jasper-devel sqlite-devel faac faac-devel enca enca-devel hal hal-devel hal-libs cmake nasm libXmu-devel fontconfig-devel pcre-devel gcc-c++

The problem was that most packages had been moved from the Livna repository to RPM Fusion. So to enable access to the RPM Fusion repository, I did:

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

After that I ran the yum command again and this time everything worked fine.

Thanx a lot for the great howto


 

By: Anonymous

Everything goes smoothly until I run ./configure and then I get the error: 

"checking for samplerate.h... no
configure: error: Could not find a required library. Please see the README for your platform." 

Has anyone else encountered this? 

 

By: Anonymous

I'm having the same problem. I Tried the install command gain.

    `yum install libmad`

     `yum install libmad-devel

 I then get the following error:

 Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit               
Setting up Install Process                       
Parsing package install arguments                
No package libmad-devel available.               
Nothing to do 

Does anyone know (in detail) how to correct this?

By: Kikyz1313

hi! i've downloaded the missing updates and it seemed to worked, after downloaded them  i re-type: cd linuxport/XBMC/
./configure and now the problem is:

checking for main in -lmms... no
configure: error: Could not find a required library. Please see the README for your platform.

 someone had a solution please?