My OSMC is missing osmc-backup

I bought a vero 4k about 1-2 years ago and never got around to using it until now. I connected it up and started the system. I went through the setup, allowed it to upgrade and tried to start using it. I was having difficulty getting much of anything to work. The system was reporting the following:

osmc@Projector:~$ grep VERSION_ID /etc/os-release
VERSION_ID=“2020.06-1”

osmc@Projector:~$ grep Kodi .kodi/temp/kodi.log | head -3
2020-06-13 11:22:00.589 T:4069695488 NOTICE: Starting Kodi (18.7). Platform: Linux ARM (Thumb) 32-bit
2020-06-13 11:22:00.589 T:4069695488 NOTICE: Using Release Kodi x32 build (version for Vero)
2020-06-13 11:22:00.589 T:4069695488 NOTICE: Kodi compiled 2020-06-03 by GCC 6.3.0 for Linux ARM (Thumb) 32-bit version 4.9.110 (264558)

osmc@Projector:~$ sudo apt-get update
Get:1 http://security.debian.org stretch/updates InRelease [94.3 kB]
… removed a bunch of links due to the 5 link limit on new users …
Fetched 94.3 kB in 2s (40.6 kB/s)
Reading package lists… Done

osmc@Projector:~$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Calculating upgrade… Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

osmc@Projector:~$ ls -lA
total 40
-rw------- 1 osmc osmc 411 Jun 13 12:16 .bash_history
-rw-r–r-- 1 osmc osmc 220 May 15 2017 .bash_logout
-rw-r–r-- 1 osmc osmc 3526 May 15 2017 .bashrc
drwxr-xr-x 3 osmc video 4096 Jun 12 14:49 .hts
drwxr-xr-x 7 osmc osmc 4096 Sep 8 2018 .kodi
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Sep 8 2018 Movies
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Sep 8 2018 Music
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Sep 8 2018 Pictures
-rw-r–r-- 1 osmc osmc 675 May 15 2017 .profile
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Sep 8 2018 TV Shows

In case I may have made a mistake in the setup and accidentally did a sudo apt upgrade instead of dist-upgrade, I created an sd card and booted from it using the latest down load and went through the setup and update again and got the following (pretty much the same)

osmc@osmc-projector:~$ grep VERSION_ID /etc/os-release
VERSION_ID=“2020.06-1”

osmc@osmc-projector:~$ grep Kodi .kodi/temp/kodi.log | head -3
2020-06-13 16:00:43.517 T:4064174080 NOTICE: Starting Kodi (18.7). Platform: Linux ARM (Thumb) 32-bit
2020-06-13 16:00:43.517 T:4064174080 NOTICE: Using Release Kodi x32 build (version for Vero)
2020-06-13 16:00:43.517 T:4064174080 NOTICE: Kodi compiled 2020-06-10 by GCC 6.3.0 for Linux ARM (Thumb) 32-bit version 4.9.110 (264558)

osmc@osmc-projector:~$ sudo apt update
Hit:1 http://security.debian.org stretch/updates InRelease
… removed a bunch of links due to the 5 link limit on new users …
Fetched 93.6 kB in 2s (38.4 kB/s)
Reading package lists… Done

osmc@osmc-projector:~$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Calculating upgrade… Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

total 36
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Jun 13 15:30 Backups
-rw-r–r-- 1 osmc osmc 220 May 15 2017 .bash_logout
-rw-r–r-- 1 osmc osmc 3526 May 15 2017 .bashrc
drwxr-xr-x 7 osmc osmc 4096 Jun 7 12:02 .kodi
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Jun 7 12:05 Movies
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Jun 7 12:05 Music
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Jun 7 12:05 Pictures
-rw-r–r-- 1 osmc osmc 675 May 15 2017 .profile
drwxr-xr-x 2 osmc osmc 4096 Jun 7 12:05 TV Shows


There is no osmc-backup in the home folder, or in My OSMC. Most of the addons that I tried wound up generating errors that said I should look in the logs for more information. I can’t find the logs. I went into settings and enabled some more logging but that didn’t help.

some questions:
1 - how do I get osmc-backup installed?
2 - where are the logs stored so I can investigate where the problems are with the addons?
3 - is there a “new user” intro or how-to that tells me how I can get the system set up properly so that I can try to watch some of my movies and connect to netflix and amazon prime?

  • I am a new vero osmc user with 40 years experience managing microcomputers, minicomputers and mainframes and 14 hours of frustration trying to get my vero working.

thanks,
Ole Jensen

The backup feature is usually around My OSMC -> Updates -> Manual Controls.

The logs are in /home/osmc/.kodi/temp/kodi.log.

You can search for Netflix and Amazon Prime on this forum to find instructions, but be aware that these add-ons are not officially and come with some restrictions.

If your new to Kodi in general then the Kodi wiki is a prime source of information
https://kodi.wiki/view/Quick_start_guide

sam_nazarko: thanks for the response.
I got the backups working and I am searching the logs for the problems with the addons that failed.

Since most of the google responses about osmc and netflix/prime were more than a year old, I was hoping that the issues might have been resolved by now. From your response, it seems that they are not all resolved yet.

If I get netflix and prime working, I will either give kudos to the people who led me to the solution, or write up what I had to do to get it working.

Thanks for your help.
Ole Jensen.

darwindesign: thanks for the link to the kodi wiki.
I had tried the osmc wiki and found that it assumed the user already knew a great deal more than a new user usually has.
the kodi wiki seems to have a bit more info for new users of the environment.

thanks for your help
Ole Jensen.

As OSMC is for the most part just Kodi sitting on top lean OS the majority of the general info one would need is going to be found over on the Kodi wiki and forum. Our wiki is a bit thin as it is mainly just trying to cover topics specific to our build and OSMC branded hardware. As for the Netflix and Amazon prime they are not just simple apps like you might find on Android or a smart TV. These companies don’t make available their apps to open systems so unfortunately they are a bit a work to get going and come with limitations that closed system don’t have. This is a limitation with Kodi across the board regardless of the OS used.

The Netflix add-on can be installed relatively easily. Not sure about Amazon Prime video.

This one is easy too. Works well

There are detailed and up-to-date instructions on getting Netflix working in this post:

Note that, for practical purposes, Netflix is limited to 720p playback, and that’s not going to change any time soon.

Once you have Netflix working, you should then be able to install the “Amazon VOD” add-on without too much trouble. Playback there will be limited to 960x540 resolution.