I have Retropie on a Raspberry 3B+ and Kodi installed on top of Retropie. Both are latest as of Nov 12 2020. The SD card (64GB) has plenty of extra space, so I would like to put some movies in there for local (i.e. internet-less) watching using Kodi.

Here is a snapshot of the folders:

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Are there somewhere I should put these movies? (Are there forbidden locations where I cannot put the movie files?) I'm not familiar with how files are organized in a Linux system.

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This is not a Pi specific Question, but a general Linux Question.

The ONLY existing directories you should use are home or var.

Kodi may have its own ideas of where files should be stored, if so use that, otherwise use a directory in your home, although you could create a new directory under / if there are multiple users.

If you are planning on a lot of files most Linux users would create a new partition, but this is a little more fiddly on a Pi SD Card.

  • I will create /home/movies then. Thanks!
    – yurnero
    Nov 13, 2020 at 0:06
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    You may want to change that location to /home/$USER/movies in my case as the user pi, it would be "mkdir /home/pi/movies"
    – Ron K.
    Nov 13, 2020 at 15:37

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