Logitech Media Server RPM
The RPM for Squeezebox Server 7.0 (and newer) has the following major changes from the SlimServer 6.x RPMs:
- Rename to squeezecenter and obsolete slimserver
- Compatible with FHS and Fedora Packaging Guidelines
- Use system copy of mysqld
- Add condrestart option to init and support for logrotate
- Build from the public tarball, not the munged makerelease.pl one
- Simplify and rewrite %pre and %post scriptlets
- Support for SUSE, not just Red Hat/Fedora
- Add support for SELinux on Fedora and CentOS 5
- Various bug fixes
Installation without yum
You can browse the repos at http://downloads.slimdevices.com/. Install the latest release with (or similar):
If you see an error like "error: Failed dependencies: /usr/bin/mysqld_safe is needed by squeezecenter-7.0.1-1.noarch", it means that you do not already have the package containing mysqld installed. You must first install the appropriate package for your Linux distro (mysql-server for Red Hat, mysql for SUSE, possibly different for others).
- Upgrading from any released 6.x rpm will preserve your settings. Since the database format has changed, you will need to rescan your library
- Upgrading from the old RPM nightly (with a name starting with SlimServer_trunk_) will not preserve either your settings or database. However, once you update to a squeezecenter nightly RPM, updates to future squeezecenter nightlys will preserve both settings and the database.
- If you are upgrading from a SlimServer 6.x RPM without yum, you must use
rpm -Uvh ...
rpm -ivh ...
Otherwise, both versions will be installed and things will likely be broken.
The location for third party plugins has changed to
which is symlinked at
In most cases, plugins should be installed by coping them to /var/lib/squeezecenter/Plugins and unzipping. If a plugin has instructions to unzip it in /usr/local/slimserver (i.e., Alien), it should be unzipped in /usr/share/squeezecenter instead. In general, it is also a good idea to make sure that all Plugins are recursively owned by the user and group "squeezecenter".
New File Locations
For FHS compatibility and due to the name change, many file locations are different from the 6.x RPMs. The basic layout is:
Main SC files /usr/share/squeezecenter Slim Perl Modules /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/Slim Executables /usr/libexec Config /etc/squeezecenter Prefs /var/lib/squeezecenter/prefs Cache /var/lib/squeezecenter/cache Third party plugins /var/lib/squeezecenter/Plugins Logs /var/log/squeezecenter
Note on username change
As mentioned above, the new RPM runs as the user "squeezecenter" rather than "slimserver". Depending on how you have the permissions and ownership configured for your music and playlist directories, you may need to change them so the new "squeezecenter" user can properly access them.
Version 7.5.1-1 runs as the user "squeezeboxserver" and group "squeezeboxserver".
Other RPM-based distributions
- The RPM dependency for mysqld is incompatible with the way Altlinux builds its package. The workaround is to first install the mysql-server package and then manually install squeezecenter with the –force option.
- You also need to install perl-CGI from the Mandriva repos.
Perl 5.10 Support
Many newer Linux distributions (including Fedora 9, Mandriva 2008.1 aka Mandriva 2008 spring and openSUSE 11.0) ship with perl 5.10. Support for perl 5.10 has been added to SqueezeCenter 7.1, so you must install version 7.1 or higher.
- CentOS 4
- If you ssh into CentOS 4 and start or restart SqueezeCenter manually, you cannot logout. This may also affect other distros. See Bug 8180 for more information.
- If SqueezeCenter is started (along with it's instance of mysql) first, the system mysql daemon will not start. See Bug 7988 for more information.