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PMS_Updater 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 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 as root. The following options can be used:

   -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
   -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.