Sorry if I unintentionally transgress any forum etiquette - in all my time looking for answers to questions I have been able to get there through searching and have never actually had to post a question. I suspect the root of the problem is how I am mounting the samba share and the permissions on the Pi but if this is actually a tv headend issue I will gladly take myself off to their forum!

I am running TV headend on a RPi 4 with a Pi TV hat and all has gone pretty well, however I have tried to set it up to record to a samba share on my network and so far everything I have tried has failed.

The smb.conf section for the share (running on an Ubuntu machine) is:

comment = UbuntuNAS 
path = /home/david/UbuntuNAS 
browsable = yes 
writable = yes 
read only = no 
guest ok = yes
create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777

and the fstab line for the mount on the Pi is:

// /home/pi/UbuntuNAS cifs credentials=/home/pi/.smbcredentials,iocharset=utf8,users,_netdev,rw,uid=1000,gid=1000,file_mode=0775,dir_mo$

So far so good - as me (e.g. uid 1000, gid 1000) I can read/write files and directories. However when I try to record to the location /home/pi/UbuntuNAS/recordings/ (which is a subdirectory that exists by the way!) the recording fails with messages saying that the recording has been scheduled, started, and completed in quick succession, and the log output clearly shows that permission was denied:

2020-05-28 00:45:56.596 dvr: "The Real Marigold Hotel" on "BBC TWO" recorder starting 2020-05-28 00:45:56.599 dvr: About to set stop timer for "The Real Marigold Hotel" on "BBC TWO" at start 1590622200 and original stop 1590625800 and overall stop at 1590625800 2020-05-28 00:45:56.600 subscription: 0008: "DVR: The Real Marigold Hotel" subscribing on channel "BBC TWO", weight: 300, adapter: "Afatech AF9033 (DVB-T) #0 : DVB-T #0", network: "DVB-T Network", mux: "490MHz", service: "BBC TWO", profile="pass" 2020-05-28 00:45:56.646 pass: /home/pi/UbuntuNAS/recordings/The Real Marigold Hotel.ts: Unable to create file, open failed -- Permission denied 2020-05-28 00:45:56.646 dvr: Recording error: "/home/pi/UbuntuNAS/recordings/The Real Marigold Hotel.ts": Unable to open file 2020-05-28 00:45:56.647 subscription: 0008: "DVR: The Real Marigold Hotel" unsubscribing from "BBC TWO" 2020-05-28 00:45:56.647 dvr: unable to stat file '/home/pi/UbuntuNAS/recordings/The Real Marigold Hotel.ts' 2020-05-28 00:45:56.648 dvr: "The Real Marigold Hotel" on "BBC TWO": End of program: File not created

The output for this drive after running mount in the terminal is:

// on /home/pi/UbuntuNAS type cifs (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,vers=default,cache=strict,username=david,uid=1000,forceuid,gid=1000,forcegid,addr=,file_mode=0755,dir_mode=0755,soft,nounix,serverino,mapposix,rsize=1048576,wsize=1048576,echo_interval=60,actimeo=1,_netdev)

This obviously has way more options set than I have defined and I am not sure if there is a clue in that.

I have noticed in \etc\password the following entry:


so have attempted setting uid to 110 and gid to 117 in the fstab options to no avail (as well as both to '1' for daemon).

I am hoping that there is something I have simply failed to do, but frankly with the time I have invested on this so far I would be equally happy with a definitive answer that what I am trying to do is simply not possible!

Thanks in advance

  • Can you write to the share from the command line (e.g. touch) or from the gui at all?
    – user115418
    May 28, 2020 at 15:19
  • Hi Andyroo - I have been able to create directories and folders in the share from within the gui file browser but haven't in the cli. I missed your comment and continued to tinker and in my fstab I changed the uid and gid both to get hts and now I am recording perfectly in tvheadend. As a normal user, e.g. uid=1000, I no longer have permissions to create files or directories, but seeing as I added this share purely to create capacity for recording I am perfectly happy with this, and am happy to consider my question answered. May 28, 2020 at 20:51

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in my fstab I changed the uid and gid both to get hts and now I am recording perfectly in tvheadend.

  • Please accept your own answer with a click on the tick on its left side. Only this will finish the question and it will not pop up again year for year.
    – Ingo
    Jun 2, 2020 at 11:02

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