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    piCorePlayer as time machine drive?

    This is an unusual questions in a squeezebox forum - but I am curious:

    As my piCorePlayer functions as a LMS and runs anyway 24/7, I was thinking:

    Can I configure an piCorePlayer to function as a TimeCapsule for Macs (TimeMachine drive)?

    There are numerous articles available how I can do this on a pi using Raspbian et al (e.g. http://projects-raspberry.com/how-to...-raspberry-pi/ ), but can I do this with piCorePlayer as well? It would be very tempting to be able to. First and most important would be to be able to install netatalk - is this possible?

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Rainer

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkrug View Post
    This is an unusual questions in a squeezebox forum - but I am curious:

    As my piCorePlayer functions as a LMS and runs anyway 24/7, I was thinking:

    Can I configure an piCorePlayer to function as a TimeCapsule for Macs (TimeMachine drive)?

    There are numerous articles available how I can do this on a pi using Raspbian et al (e.g. http://projects-raspberry.com/how-to...-raspberry-pi/ ), but can I do this with piCorePlayer as well? It would be very tempting to be able to. First and most important would be to be able to install netatalk - is this possible?

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Rainer
    Can't you use CIFS as a Timemachine store ?

    If so piCore already has SaMBa
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff07971 View Post
    Can't you use CIFS as a Timemachine store ?

    If so piCore already has SaMBa
    No - TimeMachine needs AFP which is provided by netatalk.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rkrug View Post
    No - TimeMachine needs AFP which is provided by netatalk.


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    I just saw at https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25585?locale=en_US that it should work - I’ll try it out and report back.


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    piCorePlayer as time machine drive?

    > Can I configure an piCorePlayer to function as a TimeCapsule for Macs
    > (TimeMachine drive)?


    Don't use pCP if you want a general purpose system. pCP imho was
    designed with a simple goal: to create a SB player, quickly set up,
    robust. Part of the "robust" claim is that it should not write to the
    filesystem. TC would be write only (mostly). It doesn't belong in a
    music player.

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    Raspberry Pi also makes a mediocre file server. Network and storage both run over the same USB2 30MB/s bus and the CPU can't even saturate that if you want to encrypt either stream so performance for secure cifs would be tolerable for small files only (such as music!).


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    To concur TC on the Pi would be extremely slow with Ethernet, more like 4 MB/s rather than 30 MB/s. Wifi is worse of course.
    This throughput makes it inadequate for full backups and just acceptable for deltas.
    Which means you should use HFS+ or another FS natively supported on the Mac for the USB drive, so that you can directly connect it to the Mac as a local volume for initial backup or for bare-metal reinstall.

    Pi as a TC is possible, but it's not very useful.
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    OK - you have convinced me.

    But what is your opinion on using it as a LMS and it's databases? I am using PiCorePlayer as an LMS server, and it works reliably (database on external usb hdd - not the sd card)?

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    PCP is an excellent LMS server. The hardware is more than adequate for music streaming.


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    piCorePlayer as time machine drive?

    > PCP is an excellent LMS server. The hardware is more than adequate for
    > music streaming.


    Using pCP as a LMS does indeed conflict with the target of not writing
    to the filesystem. That said, my pCP based server has been in
    (work-)daily use for about 8 months. No problem so far, it's working
    much better than the old NAS did I used before.

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