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copying library/settings from one system to another

chenkschenks Members Posts: 804 ✭✭✭

ok so i've had a bit of a system fail.. i have PMS on a raspberry pi... but someone went wrong and now it sticks during boot... so i've done a fresh install of the OS (and PMS) on the pi. i have access to the old SD card in a virtualbox. so is it possible to copy over the library/config/settings etc from the old SD card to the new SD card so that PMS will be all set up as if it never changed?

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  • ChuckPAChuckPA Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja, Plex Team Member Posts: 13,586 Plex Team Member

    If the old pathnames resolve the same locations, the process of copying and then updating is very straight forward.

    https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/201370363-Move-an-Install-to-Another-System

    In the spirit of this article, if pathnames are the same, a tarball of ./Library copied and untarred on the second system is a full clone. of the original.

    The only care which must be taken is the UUID information in Preferences.xml because Plex.tv will see them as the same server. Therefore, I recommend getting the database up to date after cloning and simply delete `Preferences.xml and create a new server instance. It will give you the traditional first-run wizard. Sign in, don't create libraries, essentially skipping your way through to the Dashboard. When you've finished, your existing library sections will be there waiting for you.

  • chenkschenks Members Posts: 804 ✭✭✭

    i will give it a try

  • chenkschenks Members Posts: 804 ✭✭✭

    well i have the old SD card mounted in a virtualbox, so i can copy the files.
    worryingly though, in the specific folder with all the files, the preferences.xml file has a red X over it.

    this usually means the file is not there, or it is symlink to a file that it can't find??

  • ChuckPAChuckPA Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja, Plex Team Member Posts: 13,586 Plex Team Member

    Use the command line as root.. or be the Admin

  • chenkschenks Members Posts: 804 ✭✭✭

    in the end i just set it all up as a new plex system.

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