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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) it works for most file paths. It works across local and network paths, and even across different network protocols. It can also be used in combination with the special protocol.
<advancedsettings> <pathsubstitution> <substitute> <from>SMB://192.168.1.19/Music/</from> <to>G:\Music</to> </substitute> </pathsubstitution> </advancedsettings>
<advancedsettings> <pathsubstitution> <substitute> <from>special://masterprofile/Thumbnails/</from> <to>PROTOCOL://YOUR_NETWORK_SHARE/xbmc/userdata/Thumbnails/</to> </substitute> </pathsubstitution> </advancedsettings>