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tivo remote access tool - pre BETA

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by tivoupgrade, Aug 22, 2006.

I am testing the tool on the following platforms:

  1. Series1 Standalone Unit

    13.1%
  2. Series1 DirecTV Unit

    3.4%
  3. Series2 DirecTV SD Unit

    48.0%
  4. Series2 DirecTV HD Unit

    20.4%
  5. Series2 Standalone Unit

    25.6%
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  1. Dec 4, 2006 #301 of 498
    kimsan

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    Greenbackvil...
    Seems like it *should* be that way. And it was in the initital rev I installed.

    Current rev (1.2 I think) doesn't behave quite as well for me.

    I reran install per standard instructions:

    with no hitch on a 3.1.5f HR10.

    Client connected and was accessable via gotomydvr page.

    I entered:

    Nothing got added to rc.sysinit.author this build.

    I manually added:

    as it appeared after a previous installs and rebooted. No joy.

    So for me, the client is fine when run from bash for the duration of the bash session, but fails to remain running and fails to remain running from rc.sysinit.author.

    Have I blown something in the syntax of the .author command?
     
  2. Dec 4, 2006 #302 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    Your syntax is good. Odd that it didn't add the startup commands to your rc.sysinit.author as the only time it shouldn't is when they are already in there. You might want to verify that the changes you put into rc.sysinit.author are, in fact, there -- perhaps you did not write the file, or sync before you rebooted again?

    If you can give me telnet access to your unit, I can poke around - but with over 500 people now running the client, I'm pretty sure the installation scripts are solid - not sure what exactly is going on with your system, but its probably something relatively easy to fix.
     
  3. Dec 5, 2006 #303 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    Hi -

    We had to reboot the server early this morning and I noticed that my clients did not automatically reconnect; if anyone has a problem connecting, please restart your TiVo if you can...

    ... if others are able to connect, please respond here; I'm interested to know because in theory, the units should all automatically reconnect!

    Lou
     
  4. Dec 5, 2006 #304 of 498
    SteelersFan

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    All 5 of mine reconnected and seem to be working OK.
     
  5. Dec 6, 2006 #305 of 498
    kimsan

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    Greenbackvil...
    Thanks for the kind words. when I'm ignorant I follow instructions meticulously.

    I'm kinda ignorant on the telnet access aspect. What do I need to do to help you (help me)?

    15 years ago I was a networking wiz....IP access from home via modem to RAS server on a govt net (before they knew how to look)...now...not so much.

    If it helps, I'm on a Verizon DSL account with a Westell 327w router. What do I need to do?
     
  6. Dec 7, 2006 #306 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    I'm sorry, I can't walk you through all the details of that; broadly speaking, you'd need to configure your router's port forwarding capability (if it has it) so that telnet traffic (port 23) is mapped to your TiVo. Google is your friend on this issue - its not a tivo-specific one, so you can find lots of info on that...

    What might be an easier thing is just go through your installation/hack, etc from the start - you are still the only one (out of hundreds) having this problem, so its likely that redoing things will probably fix the problem, even if you don't know what it is.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2006 #307 of 498
    kimsan

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    Greenbackvil...
    That's enough of aa pointer to get me going in the right direction.


    I'll be trying *that* approach with my spare drive...back to 3.1.5f and start from scratch :)

    Time is the issue right now. We're tracking the shuttle launch (attempt tonight) on Saturday, then our own orbital launch for the Air Force on Monday morning.

    I'll post results as they happen.

    Thanks again.
     
  8. IcedTivo

    IcedTivo TiVo Nut

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    Great app and thanks a bunch!

    Unlike SteveT, my Dtivo is subbed; (he didn't reply back on his post...) I noticed slowdown today and using TOP find dbclient @ 85% of cpu consistantly w/ low of 55%. I reinstalled and no change. kill -9 pid doesn't seem to work but don't know if i'm doing that correctly...

    Any ideas what is going on? I can connect remotely and everything else seems ok.

    It would be nice to be able to shut it down w/Hackman as well if possible.
     
  9. tivoupgrade

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    Well, that seems a little odd. kill -9 on the pid should work for killing the client, but if thats not working then something has lost its way. I think your only alternative at this point would be restarting the unit and seeing if the problem happens again.
     
  10. SteveT

    SteveT Just a member

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    Oops, forgot about that. The update is that I did not reinstall the client until after the new 10/1/2006 version came out and I loaded it. Since then, I've not seen the slowdown at all.

    However, I believe the problem may have been related to that tivo losing /dev/null, as I had to fix that shortly after I removed gotomydvr. (I can't recall if I was still seeing the slowdown, or if something was crashing)

    You can check for it by running
    ls -l /dev/null

    You can recreate it by running
    mknod /dev/null c 1 3
    chmod 666 /dev/null
     
  11. IcedTivo

    IcedTivo TiVo Nut

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    Null is ok. I've restarted several times with no change. This am dbclient was 89% and twp just wouldn't work at all. I tried re-install several times with no change. Strange thing... when I do kill -9 <pid> the pid will change but dbclient remains loaded (or reloads?).
     
  12. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Legally Married

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    I've had a problem a couple times now. I'll be browsing through the menus, getting myself acclimated, when I suddenly will get the "Unit disconnected!
    Your Tivo unit appears to be disconnected right now. Try again later." message. I still have access via telnet, but no luck with gotomydvr. If I re-enter
    through telnet, I can have access again.

    Any thoughts? I searched through the thread and didn't find anything.
     
  13. tivoupgrade

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    Its one of three things:

    1) time-outs - due to selection of TiVoWeb functions that take a long time to complete. if you are jumping around and clicking on things before the unit has had a chance to complete and operation and serve its request back through our server to you, then that is likely to be the problem. some TiVoWeb operations are SO slow that they will take longer than 30-seconds to complete, and if that is the case, you will also get a disconnect message because our server will time-out waiting for your tivo

    2) intermittent network connectivity - if your network connection is intermittent, then you may be getting disconnect messages because your unit may be temporarily disconnected

    3) a problem with your TiVo or the client server crashing. if that is happening, the watchdog process will restart the client, when it can....
     
  14. Dennisj

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    Just found this thread after being away from the tivocommunity for a while --- until the Season Pass fiasco this month / week affected me.

    Installed the client on Sony Series 1 SA and it loaded fine and appears to be working (PS doesn't but I'll investigate that later.)

    But I get "unit disconnected" at the website.

    If I try to start from Bash prompt I get the error

    bash-2.02# /gotomydvr/bin/dbclient: TCP forward failed: Error listening: Address
    already in use
    /gotomydvr/bin/dbclient: Failed local port forward 7:127.0.0.1:7

    so client appears to be running but never shows up at the website.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  15. Dennisj

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    Forgot to include the configuration info. . .

    1. UNIT TYPE -- Sony Series 1 SA 1000
    2. BROADBAND TYPE (DSL, CABLE, ETC): Cable
    3. STATIC IP OR DYNAMIC IP: dynamic on Cable Modem - Static on Tivo
    4. NETWORK ADAPTER (USB type, CACHE or TURBONET): Turbonet through a dLink pocket router as client / Bridge
    5. DISCONNECTS (YES, NO): Yes
     
  16. brianmay27

    brianmay27 New Member

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    first great product (seems like :) ) has there been a update on the
    Code:
    ./rc.gotomydvr: .: filename argument required
    .: usage: . filename
    *** Empty KNOWN_HOST configuration ***
    problem? sorry if there was i looked through 8 pages and got fed up of spending so much time looking.

    Thanks!
     
  17. PJO1966

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    I'm still having issues.

    1. Not an issue this time around. i've been giving TiVoWeb time to do it's thing before clicking on something else.
    2. I haven't had any networking issues.
    3. Unknown. I got the message again last night and this morning still was not able to connect. I re-entered the commands above via telnet and am back in business.

    *edit for clarity* Once I get disconnected, the only way I can reconnect is by re-entering the commands above.
     
  18. tivoupgrade

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    Not sure which commands you are re-entering, but if you are starting up the client from a telnet session and then leaving that telnet session, then the client is existing when the telnet session is exited. If that sounds like the problem you are having, then I'd recommend you ensure that the startup commands have been appended to your rc.sysinit.author file (that is typically done at install time) and then restart your unit and verify that the client is started up automatically, as it should be; then I think you will be OK.
     
  19. PJO1966

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    I'm not starting from a telnet session, I'm starting right from the website. The commands I'm talking about are:
    Once I enter those again, I am able to reconnect via the website.
     
  20. tivoupgrade

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    I still don't fully understand what you are saying.

    What do you mean "starting right from the website?"

    For you to type those commands and execute them on your TiVo, you need to be in some sort of session, either bash from the serial port, or a telnet session, yes?
     

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