me-tv install problems

Asked by mark bower on 2014-12-08

Using Ubuntu 12.04, HP Pavillion g6 laptop. I briefly got me-tv to work as it should on the laptop - then it locked up, then I monkeyed around based on suggestions and lost use of it. Since, I have tried any number of versions and methods to get me-tv to install to include trying to get the 1.4 debs to install and use of the PPA for which I lack understanding. The point here is that it can work on my laptop.

What .deb version should I be using and what is the link to get it? I have tried me-tv_1.4.0-0~49~precise1_i386.deb and the ~54 version. (not sure where I got them from) Me-tv opened, but stuck on the scan wizzard.

I looked at the tar.gz extracted version of ~54 but the install line says "link broken" - I do not know what this means.

What I would like is 1)to be pointed to what .deb version I should be using and its download link, 2)clean my laptop of me-tv and install the version recommended, 3)then return for help with getting it to work. I am above novice, but I really would only like to work with a .deb install for this endeavor.

Sincerely
mark bower
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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#1

Right now, the best way to install me-tv is with the PPA:
https://launchpad.net/~me-tv-development/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

A few developper is looking forward to rebuilt me-tv with recent technology. We will update this PPA when the times come. We will also try to update the default me-tv in ubuntu to remove the need for a PPA.

Cheers,
Fred

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#2

Fred

To be clear - are you are saying that there is no .deb which will install without problems?

I tried the PPA route without success. If your answer to above is no, then I will try the PPA again, track exactly what I do, and trust that you or someone will assist with trouble shooting as necessary to get it going.

sincerely

mark
Arcadia, CA USA

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#3

It is better to install deb with the package manager. Adding the me-tv PPA makes the package manager aware of the last me-tv deb available.

But you can manually download the deb here:
32:
https://launchpad.net/~me-tv-development/+archive/ubuntu/ppa/+build/6562801
64:
https://launchpad.net/~me-tv-development/+archive/ubuntu/ppa/+build/6562800

These deb file are exactly the same as the one the package manager will install if you add the PPA. This way, when there is an update, your system will install it automatically.

Cheers,
Fred

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#4

Fred

o.k., thank you for the link. I now have me-tv_1.4.0-0~55~ubuntu12.04.1_i386.deb on the desktop. I will proceed to install, note what I do, and return either for help, or better yet, report working.

I really appreciate the .deb as I do not seem to get the hang of navigating Launchpad for what I should be using, but I do understand the benefit of automatic updates.

mark

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#5

summary of failed installation
1) cleaned computer of all me-tv files
2) downloaded me-tv_1.4.0.0~55~ubuntu 12.04.1_ie86.deb and see that it is 622.3kb
3) click on .deb to install, and takes me to Software Center to install it. took a couple of tries, but it did install
4) checked with synaptic package manger and the ~55 version is present with an "!" mark and grey background
5) rt click for upgrade option: says 152 pkgs will not be installed, 1 pkg will. continue and the "!" is cleared and indicates o.k. install
6) boot me-tv and msg "Failed to communicate with MeTv server. Would you like the MeTv client to attempt to start it? click yes and nothing happens
7) CLI me-tv: "The program 'me-tv' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing : sudo apt-get install me-tv"
8) CLI me-tv-client: "Me TV 2.0.1

Please, now what?

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#6

You have two version of me-tv installed. Can you please remove everything and try with the PPA.

With PPA, it will also take care of dependency.

If you absolutely want to do it manually, I can not help you more then this.

Cheers,
Fred

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#7

Fred

Not trying to be difficult here. I cleaned all me-tv files and then only clicked on the ~55 .deb, then followed what I was presented. How this results in two versions being installed I do not understand?

o.k. I will clear again and try and try and conduct a PPA installation, but again, unfortunately, I am not handy with this type of installation -i only did it once, years ago.

Are the following lines correct the CLI entries I want to make? If not, could you please show me what is correct?

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-tv-development/ppa
sudo apt-get update
apt-get install me-tv

I use Gnome Classic. After the above entries should MeTv show in the drop down menu in Sound & Video?

thanks
mark

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#8

Fred

I now see that maybe the correct CLI lines are,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa.launchpad.net/me-tv-development/ppa/ubuntu
sudo apt-get update
apt-get install me-tv

What is correct?
mark

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#9

sudo apt-get purge me-tv*
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-tv-development/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install me-tv

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#10

I followed post #9 entries explicitly. Me-Tv when booted puts pop-up box on screen with message: "Failed to communicate with Me TV server. Would you like the Me TV client to attempt to start it? <no or yes> If yes is selected, pop-up box disappears and nothing happens.

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#11

Fred

I looked at what synaptic now reported after installing per post #9 and it says the package is me-tv, installed version is 2.0.1-1~getdeb2?

mark

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#12

Fred

Given that I followed your install instructions and the result does not yield a working MeTv, and instead of ending up with a 1.4 . . .ver it becomes a 2.0 . . . version, what can be tried next to get the app working on my computer?

mark

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#13

You can download the source code and compile it yourself.

Here is the command:
./autogen.sh
./configure
make
sudo make install

The last one is optional since the binary should be generate in the source folder.

This is really the last resort. If I where you, I would try to find the reason why the PPA way does not work. You probably have the PPA of the old version 2 (that was unofficial) somewhere in your config.

Also, please note that version 1.3 is more easy to install/use and you probably don't need the feature of the version 1.4.

Cheers,
Fred

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mark bower (mjbower) said :
#14

Fred

[I will retain your cmd lines for a possible future install handle]

I now have me-tv working, in part due to your suggestion that 1.3.6 should be adequate for my needs: real time viewing and possible recording.

I tried a new approach: reinstalled 12.04LTS, reinstalled synaptic and Gnome Classic, installed me-tv 1.3.6-1ubuntu0.2 via synaptic. I am not sure of this, but seemed like a channels.conf was not created in ~/.me-tv when using the initial acquistion option - but no matter. I did a w_scan and copied the resultant channels.conf to the .me-tv folder.

I could not determine how to change channels - the 9pg ME-TV Manual is inadequate and does not provide the below that I googled; the manual also does not explain how to use the Channels Editor. I include the how-to below so that others reading this post might benefit.

"In Me-TV the channel selection area might not be visible. You can pull it up using the mouse: The cursor will change when you place it at the top of the bottom tool-bar, then you can click left, hold and move up.
You might have to "Change View Mode" first, which will toggle visibility of the channel selection area."

So this evening I am up and running! The real proof will come when I try my laptop and antenna outside my house as signals are very weak at the desk where I have been working at the installation.

Thank you very much for the help - I look forward to using newer versions in the future. Me-TV is such a nice, simple program.
mark

So in a sense, this is some progress.

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djk4883 (djk44883) said :
#15

He most likely had getdeb.net repository in sources.list - as version 2.0.1-1~getdeb2 is here - http://www.getdeb.net/app/me-tv

Unless you truly want packages from there - this tells how to add it and'
 "5. If you want to uninstall the GetDeb repository run this command:
sudo apt-get remove getdeb-repository "

Another possible option may be to 'force version' from the package menu in synaptic if you choose to keep the getdeb thing.