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the TiVo book was released August 13, 2003. The second edition
was released in August, 2004. TiVos are great
machines, and this was a fun book to do. TiVo hackers extraordinaire
musclenerd and embeem did the technical editing for the
2nd and 1st editions, respectively, and were a tremendous help - I
can't thank them enough. There are some typos, but they're all my
fault. Send me mail if you have comments!
This page contains corrections, software that I
somehow left off the CD, and other useful TiVo tidbits. If you find a
problem in the book or think of anything that should be here, please
let me know.
NOTE: Because the 2nd edition is now out and the CD in that
edition is substantially better and more up-to-date than the one
in the 1st, you can download the ISO for the CD from the 1st
book by clicking here. It's 200+ MB, so
don't do this casually. As I said in the book, most of the software on
this CD is the work of true TiVo hackers from the community. They
deserve the lion's share of the credit for this CD - I primarily just
put it all together and organized things. Their names are listed in
the front matter of each edition of the book and also where each bit
of software is discussed.
As I said in the book, I'm primarily a standalone TiVo user and have limited
experience with DirecTiVo,s especially Series2 DirecTiVo's. A reader was kind
enough to send me a summary of using the second edition of my book and his own
research to get USB networking up and running on a DirecTiVo 7000, and allowed
me to post this on my site. Click here for
details. Thanks a million, Rob!
Errata for the Second Edition
- General Tip: Ed Alley points out that if you are using the dd
command to copy a disk due to disk errors (conv=noerror,sync), using a
smaller buffer size of 512 bytes is preferable to using the suggested
byte size of 32k. If you encounter a read error, dd will discard
the buffer, so using a very small buffer size in this case will increase the
chances that you'll be able to use the cloned disk. Wish I'd thought of that!
- Page 39: There should be a space between the backup and
-o arguments in the command example mfstool backup-o. Thanks
to bk67110 at softhome.net for this one.
- Page 169 - BATBD Description - Ironically, the discussion
of available boot options on the CD is wrong. That should teach me to
expand the contents of the CD at the last minute, but my intentions
were good ;-) There are actually 5 boot options for the CD in the
2nd edition of the book:
bigs2 Series 2 and Large Disk/File Support (Same as pressing <enter>)
bigs1 Series 1 and Large File Support (Byteswapping Enabled on b,c,d)
custs1 Series 1 and Large Disk/File Support (Specify custom swapped drives)
s1swap Series 1 Support with byteswapping enabled. (TiVo Partition Support)
s1std Series 1 Support without byteswapping, with DMA. (Backups)
- Page 418 - Discussion of cpio options - cpio's
i option is lower case, not upper-case, as is shown in the
- Page 458 - Table for Disabling Encryption - The
commands given in the third column must all be typed on a
single line. The table in the book wraps the commands across two
lines due to production limitations.
- Page 474 - Example of mfs_ftp output - In the file
listing at the top of the page, file names are broken across multiple
lines, which is not correct. If your xterm or terminal window is wide
enough, the file names will each appear on their own line.
Errata for the First Edition
- Do not use the MFS Tools restore command's -s256 option, which
creates a 256 MB swap partition. A bug in MFS tools prevents the swap
partition from being initialized correctly. Use -s127 instead, which
will create a 128MB swap partition and correctly initialize it. You
can create a 256MB boot partition if you initialize it on the
TiVo (when connected via a serial or network connection) by using
/bin/mkswap, but you'll be booting without swap, which can be
dicey if your system needs to reindex or fsck - I'd avoid doing so,
for now ;-)
A kind reader pointed out that the BATBD CD that accompanies the book
does not include the smbfs module and apps for Series 2 TiVos. Sorry!
Some people had problems finding the kernel modules in general, so
here is some more detailed information. The SMB and NFS kernel modules
are located in system-specific subdirectories of the kernel_modules
directory at the root of the BATBD CD - you have to mount the CD in
order to access this directory. However, the S2 SMB module and apps
are still missing. To retrieve a gzipped tar file that contains this
kernel module and associated applications, click here.
I have not had any other specific reports of missing software from the
CDs in the book. If you're aware of anything else that is missing, let
me know ASAP via email and I'll post it here.
Thanks for buying the book! I hope that it was useful to you.