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Specifying any argument results in displaying a short note about using this program.


mediaCenter is a small startup center for your multimedia box based on old computer hardware (or newer, if you can afford it).


mediaCenter can be started by selecting it in your desktop menu when looking into the Multimedia section or by launching it from a terminal or even from a script like a custom ".Xsession" file.
It is configured through only one configuration file which can be found in "/usr/share/mediacenter/" on most systems. If you compiled this package on your own, the configuration may also reside in "/usr/local/share/mediacenter/".
When starting the application, it first looks for a user configuration file in the subdirectory ".mediacenter/" of his/her home directory. It is best practice to copy the example configuration file to this location after creating the directory on your own. Now you can make custom changes to the configuration without altering the example configuration file.
The structure of the configuration file is documented well inside the file itself and in the next section.


Configuration is done through a plain-text XML file.
It starts with a line indicating the program name. This makes it possible to specify configurations for further programs or dameons which might be implemented in future.
In this first line, you can but don't necessarily need to specify the following options: Options of type boolean require their values to be "false" or "true" respectively.
Strings are just plaintext and read "as is".
integer values are read in decimal notation only and are not allowed to include any character apart from digits, i.e. 0, 1, ... , 9.

Up to 16 "launcherButton" elements may follow. Each one contains the following options: Now, each "launcherButton" element includes two child elements.
The first one is the command line to be executed; thus, its name is "commandLine". It may contain additional parameters, they are passed to the program; e.g. -p would be used to have beep-media-player immediately start playing.
The second element specifies the icon. It is necessary to include the full path to the icon file. Additional options in the "icon" node are: Make sure, that each "launcherButton" element is closed properly.
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<mediaCenter showExit="true" showAccelerators="true"
     fullscreen="true" width="560" height="640"
     deactivateScreensaver="true" verbose="false">
  <launcherButton name="_Television" defaultButton="true">
    <icon width="128" height="128">/usr/share/


Fabian Nowak <>

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This documentation has been written by Fabian Nowak on 2005-03-11.