Wizd on Gentoo

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This article is based on the original Wizd for the Kuro Box page at http://jhue.users.sonic.net/.

Wizd is a server daemon originally designed for the Vertex MediaWiz, but is compatible with other popular media players such as the Buffalo LinkTheater and the I-O DATA AVeL LinkPlayer2.


Preparing for Build

First download the version of wizd you would like to install. Wizd has recently been moved to Sourceforge, so we have to download the source through CVS, as well as download the supporting files. In this example, we are going to use version 0_12h_pvb_20.

Source files

You will need a CVS client for this part. You can get this through portage:

# emerge dev-util/cvs

You can also use dev-util/colorcvs but it is currently masked for ppc. You can add this to your packages.keywords if you want to use it, and know how. Next we change directories to /usr/local/src and retrieve the Wizd build from http://wizd.sourceforge.net/

# cd /usr/local/src
kurobox src # cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@wizd.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/wizd co -P wizd

The latest version of Wizd's source files should now be in /usr/local/src/wizd. Wizd requires the jpeg library, and the libdvdread library in order to compile properly. We can download and install these through portage.

kurobox src # emerge media-libs/jpeg media-libs/libdvdread

Modify the Makefile

We will need to make some small changes to the original Makefile in order for wizd to compile properly.

kurobox src # cd wizd
kurobox wizd # nano makefile
  LDFLAGS += -static -L/usr/local/lib -ljpeg -ldvdread
  LDFLAGS += -L/usr/local/lib -Wl,-rpath,/usr/local/lib -ljpeg -ldvdread -ldl -lm

The makefile that comes with release 21 is misnamed. Makefile needs a capital M

mv makefile Makefile

Compile Wizd

Now that we've created the appropriate directories, and updated our Makefile, we can go ahead and compile Wizd.

kurobox wizd # make

and then move it to its final location.

kurobox wizd # mv wizd /usr/local/wizd

We need to make the /docroot directory and get the skins for wizd.

kurobox wizd # cd /usr/local/wizd
kurobox wizd # mkdir docroot
kurobox wizd # cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@wizd.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/wizd co -P skin

Modify the Configuration File

You will need to update your configuration file to tell Wizd where to find your media files, etc.

# cd /usr/local/wizd
# nano wizd.conf

Add Wizd to Runlevel Default

If you want Wizd to start automatically after boot, you will need to add Wizd to your default runlevel. Here is a sample script written by a member of the Kurobox forum (Dave Taylor), with a few modifications (original post).

# cd /etc/init.d
# nano wizd

Copy and paste the following:

# start/stop the Wizd daemon.

start() {
 ebegin "Starting the Wizd daemon"
 start-stop-daemon --start --pidfile /var/run/wizd --make-pidfile --chdir /usr/local/wizd --exec /usr/local/wizd/wizd
 eend $?

# Stop the Wizd server daemon

stop() {
 ebegin "Stopping the Wizd daemon"
 start-stop-daemon --stop --name  wizd
 eend $?

Have Wizd start automatically when you boot your Kurobox.

# chmod 755 wizd
# rc-update add wizd default
 * wizd added to runlevel default
 * rc-update complete.

Run Wizd

You can reboot your system to make sure Wizd starts at runlevel default, or you can start it manually.

# /etc/init.d/wizd start

Any time you make any changes to the wizd.conf configuration file, Wizd will need to be restarted.

# /etc/init.d/wizd restart

You can test that Wizd is working properly by pointing your webbrowser to http://your_kurobox_ip:8004/ and you should be able to see the Wizd media selection screen.

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