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Old 08-11-2018, 04:46 PM   #1
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Plex Media Server

I tried asking on Plex forums, but they are not Bodhi friendly.

I just installed plex media server. It appears to be running. But I cannot connect to it from web interface. I disabled vpn as advised. I have no firewall. What else is there?

bodhi@VPCF115FM:~$ sudo systemctl status plexmediaserver
● plexmediaserver.service - Plex Media Server for Linux
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/plexmediaserver.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Sat 2018-08-11 13:46:35 PDT; 13min ago
 Main PID: 6764 (sh)
    Tasks: 5 (limit: 4915)
   CGroup: /system.slice/plexmediaserver.service
           ├─6764 /bin/sh -c LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/plexmediaserver "/usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex Media Server"
           └─6765 /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex Media Server

Aug 11 13:46:35 VPCF115FM systemd[1]: Starting Plex Media Server for Linux...
Aug 11 13:46:35 VPCF115FM systemd[1]: Started Plex Media Server for Linux.
Iíve tried http://localhost:32400/web as well as replacing localhost with and my local and internet ipís (hostname -I) and none work. Tried chromium and firefox. Tried reinstalling plex various ways, including downloading deb from official plex site.

This same computer runs plex server fine under windows 10; Iím thinking of making a more permanent move to linux so need plex running firstÖ
Old 08-12-2018, 02:41 AM   #2
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bodhi is based on ubuntu afaik. find out which LTS version it is based on.
go through detailed plex install instructions as if you were using ubuntu. you probably just missed something that is not specific to bodhi.
Old 08-12-2018, 11:17 AM   #3
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Well yeah. It's Ubuntu 18.04, first thing I mentioned in that thread over there.

I have followed every detailed set of instructions. They always assume I can connect to myself. The only things that should block it are vpn, firewall, and proxy server. I disabled my vpn, confirmed that there isn't a firewall installed, and haven't done anything proxy related. So I'm out of instructions to follow.

It seems to me bodhi must be blocking ports somehow, but I dunno how to verify that kind of thing.

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Old 08-12-2018, 03:19 PM   #4
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The only difference between Bodhi and stock Ubuntu in terms of network is we are telling netplan to utilize network manager for connecting to networks.
Old 08-12-2018, 07:43 PM   #5
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Thanks. It was nothing to do with Bodhi, and all to do with me. I made a mistake improvising on a method to migrate a windows database, but got it working now. When I tried a completely clean install of pms, all worked fine.

For reference, I wanted to use the plex folder on my ntfs drive since it was already set up with all my metadata, watched status, etc, instead of copying that folder over as the guide suggested. My hope is it will still work under Windows too, although if it doesn't, not a big problem.

So I created a link to my windows folder with pcmanfm, and copied non duplicate files from the default freshly installed folder into there cuz it looked like it had codecs, plus an xml config file, and who knows what. Well, it turned out, pms requires that folder to be owned by the user plex, which was causing it not to even load the web server I guess. And and one cannot chown on ntfs drives. So, in order to get around that, I had to change fstab to mount the ntfs drive with the uid/gid of plex. Now it works as I hoped.
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