Sad face media Center crash loop

Just started happening minutes ago. Kodi was doing nothing.

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It’s a bug created by TheTVDB making some changes. You will need to manually edit guisettings.xml to turn off video library scanning on Kodi start. From a SSH session:

sudo systemctl stop mediacenter
nano .kodi/userdata/guisettings.xml

Search for updateonstart and change the line so it looks like this:

<setting id="videolibrary.updateonstartup" default="true">false</setting>

Save the file and restart Kodi

sudo systemctl start mediacenter

Kodi should be working now, but will still crash if you try to do a library scan.

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so “bug” on the tvdb api side?
Not in kodi then. Thanks for the quick reply btw

Actually, it’s a combination. I should have said a change to TVDB that exposed a Kodi bug.

Hot fix kinda thing? Or are libraries out of action for a while?

The suggested ‘fix’ is to stop using TVDB and change the scaper to use TheMovieDB.

If you want details:

TheTVDB has sent an email to all API customers and released a rollback.

Back to square one.

I’ve put some details in Kodi Slack regarding the issue. While the API failure is beyond Kodi’s remit, it shouldn’t crash when getting unexpected data back from the API. It should fall over more gracefully.


Thanks for sharing the update.

Thanks for the update. I hope the api will be fixed soon but I’m also wondering about this quote on the Kodi forum by a member of team Kodi

We don’t currently have an active developer of the TVDB scraper, which is why the newer Kodi installs use the movieDB for TV as well as movies, albeit as noted their database isn’t quite as good as TVDB in some cases.

Frankly, all the other tv scrapers are rubbish and the themoviedb doesn’t even find things like supernatural so not an option at all.

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