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  1. #286
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    Code:
    bash-2.02# ls -l
    total 5
    -rwxr-xr-x   1 0        0            2480 Sep  2 18:59 RemoveCpiAll.tcl
    drwxr-xr-x  16 1000     1000         1024 Oct  3  2011 TivoWebPlus
    drwxr-xr-x   2 1000     1000         1024 Apr 13  2008 etc
    The length of RemoveCpiAll.tcl looks wrong. On my S3 it is 2324 bytes. On yours it is 2480. The difference is 156, or 2 * 78. There are 78 lines in the script, so it looks like there may be 2 extra bytes per line. I'm guessing you transferred the script requesting an ASCII transfer on a Windows system. I suspect linux is trying to find an interpreter named "/tvbin/tivosh<CR><LF>", and of course there is no such file.

    Code:
    bash-2.02# RemoveCpiAll.tcl
    bash: .//RemoveCpiAll.tcl: No such file or directory
    bash-2.02# ./RemoveCpiAll.tcl
    bash: ./RemoveCpiAll.tcl: No such file or directory
    bash-2.02# /var/hack/RemoveCpiAll.tcl
    bash: /var/hack/RemoveCpiAll.tcl: No such file or directory
    bash-2.02#
    Since you are in /var/hack (and so is the file), either `./RemoveCpiAll.tcl` or `/var/hack/RemoveCpiAll.tcl` will work, once you get the script fixed.
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    Code:
    root@NETGEAR39-5G:/hack# ls -l
    total 11984
    drwxr-xr-x 5 root      root         4096 Aug 31 12:58 b
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root      root       431640 Oct  5  2004 bootpage
    -rw-rw-rw- 1 root      root            0 Aug 31 15:27 hacks.fil
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root      root         5443 Aug 31 15:34 hack_tivo
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root      root         3661 Aug 31 15:26 hack_tivoapp
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root      root         4096 Aug 31 14:10 mips-null-linuxrc
    -rw-r--r-- 1 marcolisi marcolisi    1701 Aug 31 15:07 mips-null-linuxrc.zip
    -rw-rw-rw- 1 root      root         5120 Aug 31 14:11 myinitrd.img
    -rw-r--r-- 1 marcolisi marcolisi     432 Aug 31 15:07 null-linuxrc.img.gz
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root      root         4096 Aug 31 14:11 replace_initrd.mips
    -rw-rw-rw- 1 marcolisi marcolisi    6911 Aug 31 13:00 replace_initrd.mips.tar
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root      root         4096 Aug 31 14:10 replace_initrd_windows
    -rw-rw-rw- 1 marcolisi marcolisi   88567 Aug 31 13:00 replace_initrd_windows.zip
    -rwxrwxrwx 1 root      root         6573 Feb  2  2007 replace_initrd.x86
    -rw-r--r-- 1 marcolisi marcolisi   12128 Aug 31 15:35 replace_initrd.x86.tar.gz
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root      root         4096 Aug 31 16:43 Saved_Apps
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root      root         4096 Aug 31 14:04 Saved_Kernels
    drwxr-xr-x 6 root      root         4096 Aug 31 14:10 tivohacks32
    -rw-rw-rw- 1 marcolisi marcolisi 2765081 Aug 31 12:58 tivohacks32.tar
    -rw-r--r-- 1 marcolisi marcolisi 2765081 Aug 31 15:06 tivohacks32.tar.gz
    drwxr-xr-x 6 root      root         4096 Aug 31 14:10 tivohacks64
    -rw-rw-rw- 1 marcolisi marcolisi 2815068 Aug 31 12:59 tivohacks64.tar
    -rw-r--r-- 1 marcolisi marcolisi 2815068 Aug 31 15:06 tivohacks64.tar.gz
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root      root       475996 May 30  2004 tivopart
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root      root         4096 Aug 31 15:16 zipfiles
    root@NETGEAR39-5G:/hack#



    Quote Originally Posted by lrhorer View Post
    I told you before not to do that. If you are not going to follow my directions, I really cannot help you.


    Once again, this means the file is not being found. Running the script endlessly again and again isn't going to help.


    Speaking personally, I wish you would stop attaching screen shots of the GUI file manager. They are blurry and indistinct, and they convey very little information. It would be doing me a personal favor if you would simply post text into a code block, like this:

    Code:
    Backup:/Systar# cd /hack/
    Backup:/hack# ls -l
    total 6396
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  431640 Oct  5  2004 bootpage
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     328 Aug 26 17:30 hacks.fil
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root    5443 Aug 26 17:21 hack_tivo
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root    3677 Aug 26 17:24 hack_tivoapp
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     432 Aug 26 16:48 null-linuxrc.img.gz
    -rwxrwxr-x 1  500  501    6573 Feb  2  2007 replace_initrd.x86
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2765081 Aug 26 18:09 tivohacks32.tar.gz
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2815068 Aug 26 18:04 tivohacks64.tar.gz
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  475996 May 30  2004 tivopart
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root    4096 Aug 26 17:09 zipfiles
    Backup:/hack#
    The above is very much how the /hack directory should look, but since you did not follow my instructions, yours does not.


    We already went over that. This does not appear to be a permissions issue, and it is 100% clear the file is not being found under the name the script expects. As I recall, you also had trouble running the command manually, so that suggests it is not a problem with the script.


    Obvioiusly not. Until you have a recognizable binary extracted in the directory, you are going no further.

    You could try the following:

    Code:
    "/hack/replace<Tab>" /dev/sdb6 /hack/null-linuxrc.img.gz /hack/Saved_Kernels/11.0m_Kernel:09-02-2013
    Where <Tab> is of course the Tab key. Given the state of your /hack directoy, however, I am far from confident it will work.

  3. #288
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    Quote Originally Posted by lrhorer View Post
    Code:
    bash-2.02# ls -l
    total 5
    -rwxr-xr-x   1 0        0            2480 Sep  2 18:59 RemoveCpiAll.tcl
    drwxr-xr-x  16 1000     1000         1024 Oct  3  2011 TivoWebPlus
    drwxr-xr-x   2 1000     1000         1024 Apr 13  2008 etc
    The length of RemoveCpiAll.tcl looks wrong. On my S3 it is 2324 bytes. On yours it is 2480. The difference is 156, or 2 * 78. There are 78 lines in the script, so it looks like there may be 2 extra bytes per line. I'm guessing you transferred the script requesting an ASCII transfer on a Windows system. I suspect linux is trying to find an interpreter named "/tvbin/tivosh<CR><LF>", and of course there is no such file.

    Code:
    bash-2.02# RemoveCpiAll.tcl
    bash: .//RemoveCpiAll.tcl: No such file or directory
    bash-2.02# ./RemoveCpiAll.tcl
    bash: ./RemoveCpiAll.tcl: No such file or directory
    bash-2.02# /var/hack/RemoveCpiAll.tcl
    bash: /var/hack/RemoveCpiAll.tcl: No such file or directory
    bash-2.02#
    Since you are in /var/hack (and so is the file), either `./RemoveCpiAll.tcl` or `/var/hack/RemoveCpiAll.tcl` will work, once you get the script fixed.

    I transferred it in ubuntu (using filezilla), but who is to say it was not screwed up in the past before I knew better by opening it with something in windows. I guess I have to find the original version and transfer that one. Time to prowl the forums.

  4. #289
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjonny View Post
    I transferred it in ubuntu (using filezilla), but who is to say it was not screwed up in the past before I knew better by opening it with something in windows. I guess I have to find the original version and transfer that one. Time to prowl the forums.
    Well, the problem was actually filezilla under ubuntu. Figuring that I had not changed anything in my original hack directory and probably copied everything over from that, and reading my old posts, I just opened up windows explorer ftp session and copied the file and guess what? It worked fine. So it looks like filezilla was copying incorrectly and windows did it correctly (How often do we hear that windows actually worked vs the ubuntu version)
    Anyway a quick run of the removecpiall.tcl to see what files it was changing and then removecpiall.tci ready and mr tivo is all back to normal.

    Thanks so much for your help. I am going to go back again and clear up a few things on my old posts to make it all a little easier in case of next time, though I really never thought there would be an update!. I hope if they do update in the future, they fix the darn netflix app. Not that it doesn't work, but it could work much better now!

    I must say, my knowledge is so much better now than it was and I really should never use ubuntu because of all the problems, but no reason to change....

  5. #290
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    Ok, I think I did it. What I did, I followed my instinct. I completely reinstalled linux becuase I knew I run properly your codes and I knew the files I needed were in the /hack folder. The problem was the authentications/protection or whatever you guys call it....
    By reinstalling linux and by following the installation step carefuly , I change some root administartion property.
    In other words...I started all over again and it worked perfectly fine....as I think you can see from the code below...

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    TIVO.txt

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    1 thing that I did NOT do, was to edit the hacks.fil file

    You posted few example:

    Example hacks.fil (11.0k):


    Code:
    0x005d2dec 104000aa 100000aa //noencryption
    0x006562a0 30b000ff 00008021 //cci1
    0x006562c4 00e08821 24110000 //cci2
    0x01046970 30b000ff 00008021 //cci3
    0x00774f74 00008021 24100001 //backdoors	
    0x009b3b20 12400003 10000003 //deletethisrecording?
    0x00b8f910 14400026 10400026 //30secskip
    0x00b93eb8 0c2e5325 00000000 //nopauseads


    11.0m:


    Code:
    0x005d2e0c "104000aa 100000aa"	//noencryption
    0x006562c0 "30b000ff 00008021"	//cci1
    0x006562e4 "00e08821 24110000"	//cci2
    0x00772e70 "00008021 24100001"	//backdoors
    0x010826a0 "30b000ff 00008021"	//cci3
    0x009b3c28 "12400003 10000003"  //deletethisrecording?
    0x00b8f55c "14400026 10400026"  //30secskip
    0x00b93c20 "0c2e527f 00000000"  //nopauseads
    0x0056a3c4 "1200ffaf 1000ffaf"  //ignoredrmsig1
    0x00598044 "1200ff87 1000ff87"  //ignoredrmsig2

    I have no idea what the above codes do.

    The questions are:

    - what they codes do and which I should use betweeen the two above ?

    - when should I edit the file hacks.fil , before running the /hack/hack_tivo ? or I can edit it at any time ?

    - what is the next step after /hack/hack_tivo ?

    I want to tell you once again that I am not an expert in tivo/linux.
    I am an environmental scientist.
    I always saw forums as places for seeking help and where to find ppl that have no problem to help others and with no hostility.
    I am here just to ask some help. I do not think I am the only one to know nothing about tivo/linux.

    Thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by lrhorer View Post
    I told you before not to do that. If you are not going to follow my directions, I really cannot help you.


    Once again, this means the file is not being found. Running the script endlessly again and again isn't going to help.


    Speaking personally, I wish you would stop attaching screen shots of the GUI file manager. They are blurry and indistinct, and they convey very little information. It would be doing me a personal favor if you would simply post text into a code block, like this:

    Code:
    Backup:/Systar# cd /hack/
    Backup:/hack# ls -l
    total 6396
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  431640 Oct  5  2004 bootpage
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     328 Aug 26 17:30 hacks.fil
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root    5443 Aug 26 17:21 hack_tivo
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root    3677 Aug 26 17:24 hack_tivoapp
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     432 Aug 26 16:48 null-linuxrc.img.gz
    -rwxrwxr-x 1  500  501    6573 Feb  2  2007 replace_initrd.x86
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2765081 Aug 26 18:09 tivohacks32.tar.gz
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2815068 Aug 26 18:04 tivohacks64.tar.gz
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  475996 May 30  2004 tivopart
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root    4096 Aug 26 17:09 zipfiles
    Backup:/hack#
    The above is very much how the /hack directory should look, but since you did not follow my instructions, yours does not.


    We already went over that. This does not appear to be a permissions issue, and it is 100% clear the file is not being found under the name the script expects. As I recall, you also had trouble running the command manually, so that suggests it is not a problem with the script.


    Obvioiusly not. Until you have a recognizable binary extracted in the directory, you are going no further.

    You could try the following:

    Code:
    "/hack/replace<Tab>" /dev/sdb6 /hack/null-linuxrc.img.gz /hack/Saved_Kernels/11.0m_Kernel:09-02-2013
    Where <Tab> is of course the Tab key. Given the state of your /hack directoy, however, I am far from confident it will work.
    Last edited by marcolisi; 09-15-2013 at 04:27 PM.

  6. #291
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    lrhorer - long time Since you helped me (and numerous others) hack my TivoHD 2 years ago, I have been sailing along with software version 11.0k. When I checked my transfer list this morning I was shocked to see the "copy protected" symbol for a recording made at 2:00AM on 9/2/13. Checking the Tivo settings, I see I now have software version 11.0m. I guess I really expected them to forget about the TivoHD units for further updates. It has been so long since I talked to you, that I will almost have to start over in order to do an updated hack. I still have 2 extra hard drives with 11.0k that I kept for emergencies. I am in the process of getting everything transferred off my 11.0m drive in preparation for a new hack. I am not sure if this is the proper thread for the 11.m update issue or if a new thread should be started just for that update. Any suggestions regarding threads will be appreciated. I am trying to get everything in order to tackle this issue so it will be at least 1 day before I am ready. In the meantime, a couple of questions. In your opinion, do you think Tivo will now be regularly updating the TivoHD units? If so, what is your recommendation for a strategy to stay on top or ahead of these updates? Thanks. As usual, you are the first person I think of when it comes to Tivo & Linux. Thanks for you help in the past and I look forward to your advice in the future. Svenn
    Last edited by svenn; 09-03-2013 at 10:59 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by svenn View Post
    lrhorer - long time Since you helped me (and numerous others) hack my TivoHD 2 years ago, I have been sailing along with software version 11.0k. When I checked my transfer list this morning I was shocked to see the "copy protected" symbol for a recording made at 2:00AM on 9/2/13. Checking the Tivo settings, I see I now have software version 11.0m. I guess I really expected them to forget about the TivoHD units for further updates. It has been so long since I talked to you, that I will almost have to start over in order to do an updated hack. I still have 2 extra hard drives with 11.0k that I kept for emergencies. I am in the process of getting everything transferred off my 11.0m drive in preparation for a new hack. I am not sure if this is the proper thread for the 11.m update issue or if a new thread should be started just for that update. Any suggestions regarding threads will be appreciated. I am trying to get everything in order to tackle this issue so it will be at least 1 day before I am ready. In the meantime, a couple of questions. In your opinion, do you think Tivo will now be regularly updating the TivoHD units? If so, what is your recommendation for a strategy to stay on top or ahead of these updates? Thanks. As usual, you are the first person I think of when it comes to Tivo & Linux. Thanks for you help in the past and I look forward to your advice in the future. Svenn
    Svenn,

    If you scroll back a few pages, you can see, you are not the only one going thru this. But with the updated script and tools, even I who 2 years ago was a total mess when it came to tivo hacking, was able to basically do it with ease. Pull your drive, get all the updated tools and updated script, use the updated hacks.fil (I posted the code a few pages back) and you should be good to go. I started from scratch, read thru the forums including my own learnings and updated the process and it only took about an hour for the whole shebang, other than a small hiccup with the removecpiall file transfer which when pointed in the right direction, lhorer helped solve. I would say, scroll back about 5 pages, read thru, go to his script page and get everything and you should be all set.

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    sanjohnny - thanks for the reply. While I am waiting for all old recordings to finish transferring to PC (just in case...), I have caught up on all the posts I can find that are related to the hack process. I have a Linux box with Debian Squeeze that has all my hack files from 11.0k (in "/hack" directory). lrhorer was the magician who helped me get this set up and then successfully hack the Tivo back in Oct 2011. I still have the printed exchanges from that forum thread ("linux can't read my hard drive" - 9/30/11 - 10/1/11), but unfortunately, some of the last steps were not done via the forum and my handwritten notes are inadequate. It seems that the direction provided by lrhorer to marcolisi (previous - in this thread) should be sufficient for me to hack the 11.m update. A couple of things I am not sure of:
    1 - since I have the old hacking files on the Debian hard drive (under "/hack"), can I use them and simply edit the "hacks.fil" to reflect code for 11.m?
    2 - Do I then attach my Tivo drive and run my old "hack_tivo"? If so, will that process simply overwrite the existing hack directories on the Tivo drive, or do I need to manually delete them before running the script?

    I am sure I will have additional questions, but I appreciate any help and really appreciate the fact that this forum exists and that there are gurus who graciously give of their expertise to all of us newbs (looking at you, lrhorer). I am an old guy and enjoy my THD. Thanks again. svenn

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    Hi Guys. sorry to butt in, but I think I started from where u were years ago...by knowing nothing...and I have some stupid questions that maybe u both can answer.
    I followed all the lrhorer directions , apart editing the hacks.fil ..... so my hacks.fil is blank....
    I never boot up the tivo , so I have no idea which software version I have ( 11.0k or 11.0m)

    How do I find that out ?

    Also , can I turn off the tivo software update after the end of the hacking ?

    Could u please direct me in what is after the hacking ? (transfer programs from tivo to pc) . What should I use to transfer files ?
    Thank you


    Quote Originally Posted by sanjonny View Post
    Svenn,

    If you scroll back a few pages, you can see, you are not the only one going thru this. But with the updated script and tools, even I who 2 years ago was a total mess when it came to tivo hacking, was able to basically do it with ease. Pull your drive, get all the updated tools and updated script, use the updated hacks.fil (I posted the code a few pages back) and you should be good to go. I started from scratch, read thru the forums including my own learnings and updated the process and it only took about an hour for the whole shebang, other than a small hiccup with the removecpiall file transfer which when pointed in the right direction, lhorer helped solve. I would say, scroll back about 5 pages, read thru, go to his script page and get everything and you should be all set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcolisi View Post
    Hi Guys. sorry to butt in, but I think I started from where u were years ago...by knowing nothing...and I have some stupid questions that maybe u both can answer.
    I followed all the lrhorer directions , apart editing the hacks.fil ..... so my hacks.fil is blank....
    I never boot up the tivo , so I have no idea which software version I have ( 11.0k or 11.0m)

    How do I find that out ?

    Also , can I turn off the tivo software update after the end of the hacking ?

    Could u please direct me in what is after the hacking ? (transfer programs from tivo to pc) . What should I use to transfer files ?
    Thank you
    Svenn and Marcolisi:

    I will try and answer both questions at once and whatever I am wrong about people can correct me.

    Yes, you can use all your old stuff, even your old script to update, but you need to update you hacks.fil with the information I put about 1 page back with the 11m.

    I would suggest that you update lhorers script to the latest as it has many more error checks and descriptions so when things go wrong you can easily post what is happening.

    But if you just got the update and need to change the easy path would be to pull your drive, update your hacks.fil file with the correct info, I would suggest replacing your old hacks.tar file with the updated one so you do not have to change Tivowebplus port when your hack is finished (though I did not do this, I am going to update my files just in case of next time)

    To find your version of the software, go to messages and settings and on the system info screen you can see what version you are running, but if you got updated, your probably on 11m.

    If you already hacked it and left everything setup, you should be able to pull your drive, edit hacks.fil and then run hack_tivo and your drive should be hacked. If you want to fix your recordings, make sure when you edit hacks.fil you include the 2 ignoredrmsig lines if you want to free the shows that have recorded recently that are copy protected.

    For my system file (tivo HD) see post 283 for the proper hacks.fil commands. This will allow you to remove copy protection on those files later on.

    So run tivo_hack and you are hopefully hacked. You can probably copy RemoveAllCpi.tcl (the script) to you hacks directory before you take the drive out of the computer, if it was not already in the hack directory (it was not in mine) or you can ftp it over later. I would not run it at this point just in case something is not working right. Easier to run it after you know your tivo will boot and is working okay. Hopefully lhorer can put that file on the script page or include it in the tivohacks tarballs so it is just there for future updates., Pretty please with sugar on top?

    Pull your drive, put it back in the tivo, boot er up. Go to a copy protected channel and record a minute or 2. Then see if it shows up as downloadable or not. If it is downloadable, then your hacks worked and now all you have to do is run removeall to remove the copy protection from everything.

    Open you favorite telnet program (I use putty) and open a telnet session to you tivo ip address. If you have not transferred over the Remove all cpi script, you will have to ftp it to /var/hack or wherever you plan to store it, if so, go to where it hides and run it as per post 289 and 170 (288 has additional info). The first command tells you what will have copy protection removed and the second does it. Go back to say kmttg and see if you can now transfer everything. You should be done.

    I took it a bit further and added a readme file to my directory with all my learnings and tried to update all my posts on here to make things more clear. It requires some jumping around but you can follow my stuff from start to finish and it should cover anything you run into.

    138 thru 142 cover some of the ftp process and other stuff that might be of interest and if you want to install joe, go to 143. I will put all the post numbers below.

    Whatever you do, do not edit the files like the tivowebplusconfig or hacks.fil in windows unless you use something like notepad++. Better to do the editing in linux with joe, or vim or gedit or whatever. If you are like me and have a multitude of error codes, start at post 136 as it's probably privileges issues which lhorer and others cover well.

    Also if you ever have your tivowebplus just disappear, read the actions I took in post 247. It covers the best way to restore things.

    so here is a list of all the posts in numerical but not topic order 136, 138-143,170ish,247,283,288-289. Scroll in between for any additional info.

    Hope this all helps

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    sanjohnny - thank you so much for the instructive reply. Unfortunately for me, I am a bit sick right now and need to get to sleep. First thing tomorrow morning I will review all this and pull my tivo drive and (hopefully) have a successful go at hacking 11m. Thanks again for all your help.

    ALSO - will "rehacking" my tivo drive (that currently has 11m) result in all the old hacking files/dirs/sub dirs being overwritten? Or do I need to remove those directories and files from the Tivo drive prior to running the hacking script? The hacking files that are currently on the Tivo drive are from the 11.0k hack back in Oct 2011. Thanks again. svenn
    Last edited by svenn; 09-04-2013 at 10:47 PM.

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    I would be surprised if they still exist on your tivo, as the update should have nuked all those directories when it rewrites everything. On you computer, all the stuff should still be there, except you have your new hacks.fil file. Maybe you hid them in a different partition, which I do not know much about, but on my tivo, all the hack files were gone once I got the update. Has you tivo rebooted since you got the update? Maybe it is waiting to update or you have a hack that prevents the update from happening or such. That I do not know much about, but I have seen info in the forums.

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    Also in response to your private message I have this...
    Quote Originally Posted by svenn
    but am running into problems at the most basic level. I want to edit the old 11k version of "hacks.fil" and "hack_tivo' and "hack_tivoapp", with the most current versions for 11m. It has been 2 years since I did anything in linux and I can't figure out how to simply cut & paste or even delete a file. For example, I can copy the contents of the 11m "hacks.fil" from lhrorer by highlighting all the text and can even get it into the old "hacks.fil" by clicking on the middle (scroll) button, but am unable to save the file (I was using gedit - which came with Debian) - it said I don't have permission. I then tried using VIM within the root terminal app, but can't even figure out how to bring up the original "hacks.fil" to edit. I basically understand what to do (get the latest files, pull my tivo drive, attach it to my linux box, then run the "hack_tivo" script. What is extremely frustrating is being unable to simply execute basic commands (rename, delete, replace, etc).

    I hope you can give me some pointers on how to get my old "hacks.fil", etc, edited so I can rerun the "hack_tivo" script.
    I had exactly the same issues, which I think is again the permissions issue (you can read more about it in the posts quoted earlier). I think it is because you do not own the file so cannot change it at least that was what the problem was in ubuntu. There are a few ways to fix the problem. you can make a new hacks file and call it say hacks.new. then move hacks.fil to hacks.old and copy hacks.new to hacks.fil. That is one way. A different way would be to do it as root if you have that possibility (ubuntu does not) and it will let you save over it even if you do not own it.
    Or you could essentially do the command as root by using sudo.

    so if you do
    Code:
    sudo gedit hacks.fil
    it should allow you to save the file over itself with the new information. or you could do the create copy and move thing too.
    to do that I think this how it would go.
    Code:
    gedit hacks.new
    then save
    mv hacks.fil hacks.old
    cp hacks.new hacks.fil
    and the same for the other files you want to edit. if you cannot move or copy them then I think you could do the same thing by logging in as root, or sudoing again so
    Code:
    sudo mv hacks.fil hacks.old
    I cannot understand why in linux, a tool like gedit cannot just say, hey, you don't own that version or its write protected or whatever, do you really want to take over it or do you want to save as something else? Its very annoying because in ubuntu, it just says save failed and you don't really know what or why it is happening. It is a simple thing that should not be so hard, but whatever, you just have to learn this stuff until they make it easier.

    Anyway after you are done, do a ls -l to make sure all the permissions are set correctly before you run hack_tivo and if not go read how to do that in the older posts referenced and then probably best to run hack_tivo as sudo hack_tivo. It would not work on my computer unless i ran it as that.

  14. #299
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    sanjohnny - thank you thank you. I will try as soon as I get home. I really appreciate your help. I wish there was a windows explorer for linux that would allow for the same level of file manipulation. Maybe there is one I am unaware of.

  15. #300
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
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    I am distraught. I attached my Tivo drive to my linux box, but debian does not see it. have tried different power + sata cables - no luck. It is an old Asrock MB with only 2 sata connectors (Debian is on the main IDE port) This is the same box I used to hack 11.0k back in October 2011. I thought I would take an extra hard drive and install Debian on a newer computer (much newer MB) but can't even figure out how to copy the /hack directory + files onto a flash drive without losing all the permissions. I need to transfer these files to the newer sata hdd after i install Debian. Frustrating is not the word for how I feel. Its like wanting to go for a drive but not being able to figure out how to start the car or open the garage door. The simple things I want to do I can do in windows in 2 seconds. In linux it is taking days and I am still nowhere. almost want to cry at times. I am old and this is making me older.

    If anyone is willing to try to help via phone, I have unlimited long distance and would be very happy to call you. If willing, just PM me. Thanks svenn
    Last edited by svenn; 09-05-2013 at 07:39 PM.

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