Path substitution

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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 the special protocol (see note below).

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://masterprofile/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