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Paully's Ultimate Lazy Boy Configuration

This has to be the best way to enjoy hassle free viewing of the very latest TV shows and Movies.

It involves 7 different pieces of software, and they all have to work...

  1. Ubuntu_Server - to use as the base operating system.
  2. DNS - to be able to access certain web sites.
  3. FlexGet - to retrieve the list of new shows or movies.
  4. Trakt - to manage the list of your shows or movies you want.
  5. Transmission - to download the torrent files.
  6. FileBot - to rename the files and place them in your folders.
  7. XBMC - to watch and scrobble the tv shows and movies.
Ubuntu > DNS > FlexGet > Trakt > Transmission > FileBot > XBMC

Paully's Setup...


Case Silverstone GD05
Power Supply FSP ZEN 400
Acoustic Absorbtion Akasa PaxMate
Motherboard Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 NEW
CPU AMD FX(tm)-4350 Quad-Core Processor NEW
AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor OLD
CPU Cooler Scythe Shuriken Rev.B NEW
Zalman CNPS8700-NT OLD
Case Fans Coolink Ultra-Quiet Fans 80mm x 2 and 120mm x 1
Memory 16Gb Crucial DDR3 PC3-10600
Graphics Card Palit GeForce GT 520 PhysX GPU 1GB DDR3 Dual-Link DVI, VGA, HDMI Graphics Card
TV Card Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-HD-S2
Remote Control Dell MCE HF569 USB Infrared
Hard Drive Western Digital 8TB NAS Red WD80EFAX NEW
Western Digital 6TB NAS Red WD60EFRX OLD
Western Digital 4TB NAS Red WD40EFRX OLD
Western Digital 1.5TB Caviar Black WD1502FAEX OLD
Western Digital 1.5TB Caviar Green WD15EADS OLD
Optical Drive ASUS BW-16D1HT with v3.01 firmware and LibreDrive (4K UHD Friendly) NEW


Software Plex for Samsung + Plex Media Server
Ubuntu Server
FlexGetTransmission DaemonFileBot NEW
Linux Mythbuntu MythTV 0.27 (PPA Daily Updates) with the Blue Abstract Theme 1.9 OLD
Television Samsung QE55Q6FN 55" 4K Ultra HD HDR 1000 Smart QLED FUTURE
Samsung UE49KU6400 49" 4K Ultra HD Smart HDR LED TV Freeview HD Freesat HD NEW Richer Sounds
Samsung UE40F6740B LED HD 1080p 3D Smart TV, 40" with Freeview/Freesat HD and Voice Control OLD
Samsung UE32B6000VW 32" LED-backlit LCD TV 1080p FullHD OLDER
Media Players Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K HDR
Google Chromecast Ultra 4K
Speakers Logitech Z906 THX DTS 5.1 Surround Sound


Install the software...

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install transmission-daemon transmission-common transmission-cli
sudo service transmission-daemon stop
sudo pip install transmissionrpc

Allow the software to run on startup...

sudo nano /etc/default/transmission-daemon

Fix the user the daemon runs as (because we are saving it in our shared Samba folder)...

sudo nano /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon
sudo nano /etc/init/transmission-daemon.conf
     setuid nobody
     setgid nogroup

Make the folder it will download files to, change settings and permissions...

sudo mkdir -p /home/samba/shared/transmission
sudo chown -R nobody:nogroup /home/samba/shared/transmission/
sudo chmod -R g+w /home/samba/shared/transmission/
sudo chown -R nobody:nogroup /var/lib/transmission-daemon/
sudo chown -R nobody:nogroup /etc/transmission-daemon/
sudo chmod -R g+w /var/lib/transmission-daemon
sudo chmod -R g+w /etc/transmission-daemon
sudo nano /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json
     "download-dir": "/home/samba/shared/transmission",
     "rpc-authentication-required": true, 
     "rpc-bind-address": "", 
     "rpc-enabled": true, 
     "rpc-password": "mypassword", 
     "rpc-port": 9091, 
     "rpc-url": "/transmission/", 
     "rpc-username": "myusername", 
     "rpc-whitelist": "", 
     "rpc-whitelist-enabled": false, 


sudo service transmission-daemon start

Check it is running...

sudo pidof transmission-daemon
sudo ps faux
sudo netstat -ntap |grep 'transmission'


sudo -i
mkdir -p /root/misc/filebot
cd /root/misc/filebot
aptitude install default-jre-headless
wget -O filebot_4.5_amd64.deb
dpkg -i filebot_4.5_amd64.deb


Install the software...

sudo aptitude install python-pip
sudo pip install flexget six==1.8.0
sudo flexget --version

Schedule updates...

sudo -i
crontab -e

# flexget
@daily easy_install --upgrade Flexget &>/dev/null
@daily easy_install --upgrade transmissionrpc &>/dev/null
@daily /usr/local/bin/flexget --version

Create config file...

(as regular user)
mkdir ~/.flexget
nano -w ~/.flexget/config.yml

  test task:
      - My Favorite Show
      - Another Good Show:
          quality: 720p
    download: /home/me/watchdir/


flexget check
flexget --test execute



Backup Whole Entire System (less /home)

sudo -i
cd /
tar -cvpzf backup.tar.gz --exclude=/backup.tar.gz --exclude=/home --one-file-system /


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