I’ve been looking at some skins that are not on the Kodi repo; for example, Titan BINGIE MOD, which is at https://achillespunks.github.io/repository.titan.bingie.mod/repository.titan.bingie.mod/.
I know that I can add that source via File Manager, but it’s a heck of a lot of typing on the onscreen keyboard doing it via the Kodi/OSMC UI on my Vero when there’s no physical keyboard attached (and also a bit of a neck strainer given where the Vero is and the TV screen in my situation). OK, it’s not the world’s biggest problem, but I wonder how others deal with this?
I thought that one way would be to SSH into the Vero and edit mediasources.xml. I already have the PlexKodiConnect source there, but I don’t know how to replicate it for a skin source. Currently the file contents look like this:
How would I add another network source here?
Use the web interface and copy it via browser on your computer via the text entry mode.
Otherwise, they probably offer a ZIP you can copy over and install that enables that repository.
I tried the web interface (Chorus), but I can’t find any File Manager equivalent there.
I will try the zip file, but it would be nice to know how to edit mediasources.xml directly. I use WinSCP which makes it very easy (and, admittedly, maybe a bit risky).
You just find the filemanager on the remote
And you use the text entry where appropriate to type your text when the dialogue comes up.
A bit lost here. What is the remote? The Vero remote? I think I’m missing something in the terminology.
I’m accessing my Vero through the web interface. On my Windows PC in the browser I type the Vero address 192.168.x.x and get a Kodi GUI in the browser. That’s where I can’t find File Manager.
When using the Vero/TV and Estuary I can see File Manager in the top left when I choose the Settings cog icon from the home screen. That’s where I would go to Add Source.
But no worries, I worked out that I could edit the mediasources.xml file as follows:
(Unfortunately couldn’t get the skin working - various incompatible dependencies, but that’s a different problem.)
In the My OSMC add-on there is an option for installing samba which would give you access to the home folder of your OSMC player as well as any other drives you connected to it from the network. Once that is installed you can just type into the address bar of Windows Explorer
\\<ip address of OSMC box> and hit enter and your there. You can then just download a zip on your PC and move it over to the box where you can install it easy enough with a remote in Kodi without typing anything or having to use the terminal. You could also just download a repo zip and put it on a thumb drive and install it from that.
I’m guessing you ran across some instructions where it told you to use the file manager. These are often done as a universal method to cover devices that don’t have simple access to file transfers like a lot of tablets or Firesticks. You can skip all that extra effort since your not dealing with one of those devices.