I was trying out this software tonight.
I installed Mongoose on my Windows Home Server box. Verified I could hit http://servername
from another machine after setting the share/webroot location and restarting the service. I first removed the XML paths in the settings for roksbox, as I just wanted to use my directory structure. An example for Videos - is root\Videos (actual movies are in a subfolder called 'Movies'). The path is set as 'Videos' in roksbox settings.
This would retrieve no movies. So I decided to try PVD. I did that, and placed the resulting xml into the videos share, and referenced it on roksbox. Roksbox reads this file, but when i try to play any of the movies it throws 'An unexpected problem (but not server timeout or HTTP error) has been detected.'
For music, I just want to use directory setup as well. My music is located in root\Music. When I click 'My Music' from the roksbox channel, it takes a moment, and then completely kicks me out of the channel, back to my listing of all channels i have.
Sounds like you might be using a MAC and if you are I cannot help much but some of my experiences might help:
To use an xml file this is what works for me:(I use, for now, a very simple setup)
Roxbox wants Mongoose's web server to point to a root directory. (There is a workaround for this but I have not used it.)
Media root folder is empty
Video folder path is a \
Video XML name is Videos.xml (and it lives in the root directory)
Make sure that when using PVD all paths are relative to the root directory (I do not know if Roxbox will even see other drives)
Also, it seems that Roxbox fails on file names that contain periods. ie King_Kong.mp4 works but King.Kong.mp4 does not.
One more thing: it seems to fail if the file names are too close a match to the directory name. ie. if you have a directory named Jaws and it contains movies named Jaws_1.mp4, Jaws_2.mp4, Jaws_3.mp4, and Jaws_4.mp4 none of the movies will play and you get a 404 error but if the directory is name is Sharks then all files in it work correctly.
Hope this helps a bit to get you started.
Nope, box the media is on is a Windows Home Server. But thanks for your help. I thought the relative pathing for PVD might be my issue. Hadn't thought of that. But after playing around with paths, it appears a '404' error is thrown if it cannot find the file.
so to clarify, my movies are structured as:
my webroot is:
my Videos.xml file is:
my 'videos' dir in roksbox is:
Again, if I just use folder structure, and no XML files, roksbox reports 'Movies' is an empty directory. I can connect to it from another machine and stream videos @ http://servername/Videos/Movies/moviename.extension
If I use the PVD utility to generate the XML file and place it where I mentioned above, and then set the string in the roksbox setup as Videos.xml, the file is read/my video information is loaded, but I get the aforementioned error.
None of my movies are .mp4's. They're all .divx or .avi. That the issue?
Music is another issue entirely. I have about 1500 mp3's in my music dir. Clicking 'Music' in roksbox - it searches and then takes a moment on generating playlist, finally bringing up a button for MusicLib. Clicking that, it takes a moment, and then kicks me back to my channel selection screen.
Hopefully those details help if I wasn't clear enough initially.