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{{divbox|orange||<big>'''Note:''' This is considered an advanced (complicated) and experimental feature.</big><br /><br />Path substitution is not officially supported for settings files with the exception of playlists. It probably won't hurt anything, but some things might not always work right depending on what you are substituting.}}
 
{{divbox|orange||<big>'''Note:''' This is considered an advanced (complicated) and experimental feature.</big><br /><br />Path substitution is not officially supported for settings files with the exception of playlists. It probably won't hurt anything, but some things might not always work right depending on what you are substituting.}}
<section begin="intro" />[[Path substitution]]s are settings in [[advancedsettings.xml#<pathsubstitution>|advancedsettings.xml]] to force {{name}} to use different file paths. These are processed in order, and are useful for substituting an absolute path on a PC with a path suitable for {{name}} to handle. Starting in {{name}} v11 (Eden) path subs works for most file paths. Path subs work across local and network paths, across different network protocols, and can even be used with some of the [[special protocol]].<section end="intro" />
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<section begin="intro" />[[Path substitution]]s are settings in [[advancedsettings.xml#<pathsubstitution>|advancedsettings.xml]] to force XBMC to use different file paths. These are processed in order, and are useful for substituting an absolute path on a PC with a path suitable for XBMC to handle. Starting in XBMC v11 (Eden) path subs works for most file paths. Path subs work across local and network paths, across different network protocols, and can even be used with some of the [[special protocol]].<section end="intro" />
  
 
== Examples ==
 
== Examples ==

Revision as of 20:24, 5 June 2014

Path substitutions are settings in advancedsettings.xml to force XBMC to use different file paths. These are processed in order, and are useful for substituting an absolute path on a PC with a path suitable for XBMC to handle. Starting in XBMC v11 (Eden) path subs works for most file paths. Path subs work across local and network paths, across different network protocols, and can even be used with some of the special protocol.

1 Examples

Save as "advancedsettings.xml" in your userdata folder:

Example 1 - changing the path of music files
<advancedsettings>
 <pathsubstitution>
  <substitute>
    <from>SMB://192.168.1.19/Music/</from>
    <to>G:\Music\</to>
  </substitute>
 </pathsubstitution>
</advancedsettings>


Example 2 - changing where thumbnails are stored

Note: This will slowdown thumbnail loading, but might be worth it for low-memory devices such as the ATV2.

<advancedsettings>
 <pathsubstitution>
  <substitute>
    <from>special://profile/Thumbnails/</from>
    <to>PROTOCOL://YOUR_NETWORK_SHARE/xbmc/userdata/Thumbnails/</to>
  </substitute>
 </pathsubstitution>
</advancedsettings>


Note: Not all special paths can be substituted. In particular, special://musicplaylists/ and special://videoplaylists/ should not be substituted, as internally these are multipaths that cannot be written to (thus saving of playlists will go elsewhere). Instead, one should use the advanced setting <system><playlistpath> to change this.

2 See also