Jinzora

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Jinzora is a GPL web based multimedia application. It serves as a streaming server as well as a media mangement platform.
This article will show you how to install and configure Jinzora.

Step 0

Jinzora can run in two modes, streaming and using mpd. If you haven't installed MPD already, follow the wiki guide: mpd (It's not required for the streaming mode to operate)

Setup the webserver

Follow the wiki tutorial for installing Apache, PHP and MySQL: LAMP

(Note: Installing phpMyAdmin from the above guide is optional; if you're ever likely to make your own website that will use PHP and MySQL, I'd suggest you install it. Otherwise you probably won't need it).

Configure PHP

Jinzora can make use of the GD and iconv library. It is recommend you enable these. Uncomment gd.so and iconv.so in /etc/php/php.ini.

extension=gd.so
extension=iconv.so

The PHP gd extension requires the gd library to be installed:

pacman -S php-gd

Also take a look at the open_basedir setting. Your media directory should be or below the paths specified in this directory.


Download and extract Jinzora

Download the latest version of Jinzora2 from http://en.jinzora.com/download and extract the contents using tar.

# wget http://get.jinzora.com/jz2current.tar.gz
# tar -xvf jz2current.tar.gz


Setting up Jinzora

Correct directory permissions

In the jinzora2 directory you've now got in ~/httpd/html, run configure.sh

# sh configure.sh

Run the installer

The installer will automatically configure jinzora, and create the database. Open up your webbrowser and go to http://localhost/jinzora2/index.php and follow the instructions

  • Pay attentions to these setup steps:
    • Page 4 - Installation Type : Change from 'Streaming' to 'Streaming & Jukebox' if you wish to listen to the music on the computer you're installing Jinzora2 on (it's primarily a streaming application to allow remote access to, and control of, a streaming server running it).
    • Page 5 - Main Settings : If you hover over the boxes here, they explain the settings, so choose whatever you want. It's best to choose 'Database' for Backend Type. I'd also suggest using the 'Tag Data' option for 'Data Structure', unless your music is organized on your filesystem exactly the way you want it to be.
    • Page 6 - Backend Setup : Unless you've used Jinzora before, or for some reason wish to manually create a MySQL database for it to use, then select 'True' under 'Create Database'.
    • Page 7 - Import Media : This step may take a few minutes if you've got a few gigs of music; simply enter into the box the directory where your music is stored. When the installer's finished importing the music from this directory, you'll have the option to import as many other directories as you want, one after the other.

You can also import more files from the Settings interface when Jinzora is up and running. You don't have to do it while installing.

Note: While Jinzora was importing my music collection, I had the following error appear twice on the page:

Warning: strpos() [function.strpos]: Offset not contained in string. in /home/httpd/html/jinzora2/services/services/tagdata/getid3/module.tag.id3v2.php
on line 1542

This seemed to have no adverse effect on the installation though, so if something similar happens to you, don't worry!)

Save the configuration

When you've finished importing your music, click Proceed to save config, then Proceed to launch Jinzora.

Setting up MPD to play your music

Configure jinzora

Edit ~/httpd/html/jinzora2/jukebox/settings.php: under 'Description', change 'Winamp Media Player' to `Music Player Daemon` (or whatever you want), and under 'type' change 'winamp3' to 'mpd'.

Change 'password' to be empty (so it just reads '' rather than 'jinzora'), or change this to whatever password you've set in /etc/mpd.conf .

Also in this file, change the port from '4800' to '6600', or whatever port you've set MPD to accept connections on in /etc/mpd.conf .


Step 10

If you wish to use Jinzora's streaming functionality, simply go back to your webbrowser, click refresh, select 'Music Player Daemon' from the 'Playback To' dropdown menu and Voila! Your own working copy of Jinzora !

Troubleshooting

  • If you can't get any sound despite all of the above, try testing mpd with another GUI client (Glurp is a nice simple one - do pacman -S glurp, add a track to its playlist and try to play it). If you have no sound in this either, you need to further edit /etc/mpd.conf. Try uncommenting some of the ALSA settings in this file (assuming you use ALSA).
  • If you know that MPD is working, then try to match up the settings in Jinzora as closely to those in /etc/mpd.conf as possible (the settings in Jinzora are accessed from the 4th small green button on the upper left of the 'Slick' interface).
  • If changes to your playlist are ignored, go to System Tools -> Settings Manager -> Main Settings/Playlist and set 'use_ext_playlists' to 'false'.
  • If when you click on the PLAY button of any song / album you are offered a 'playlist.m3u' download, then you haven't changed the 'Playback To' option to 'Music Player Daemon'.