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PMS_Updater

PMS_Updater.sh is a shell script for updating the Plex Media Server inside the FreeNAS Plex plugin


FreeNAS is an excellent open-source network attached storage project based on FreeBSD that is very capable of storing even the largest media libraries

Plex is an amazing media server/client platform that can organize and stream those same media libraries.

FreeNAS has a plug-in architecture that makes running Plex Media Server on FreeNAS trivialy easy. But the available Plex Media Server plug-in is only as recent as the latest publicly available release.

To address this I have made a script that can be copied into a running Plex Media Server plug-in, and without needing anything else installed it can search the Plex.tv download site using paid PlexPass credentials and check for newer versions. If a newer version is found it can either be downloaded and held for admin approval or automatically installed to the server.

To use run PMS_Updater.sh as root. The following options can be used:

OPTIONS:
   -u      PlexPass username
             If -u is specified without -p then the script will
             prompt the user to enter the password when needed
   -p      PlexPass password
   -c      PlexPass user/password file
             When wget is run with username and password on the
             command line, that information is displayed in the
             process list for all to see.  A more secure method
             is to create a file readable only by root that is
             formatted like this:
               user={Your Username Here}
               password={Your Password Here}
   -l      Local file to install instead of latest from Plex.tv
   -d      download folder (default /tmp) Ignored if -l is used
   -a      Auto Update to newer version
   -f      Force Update even if version is not newer
   -r      Remove update packages older than current version
             Done before any update actions are taken.
   -v      Verbose

Running without the username/password or bad username/password will retrieve the latest public release rather than the latest Plex Pass release.

The script can also be called from a cronjob to check for updates on a regular schedule.