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Provide firewalld service definitions #13845

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commented May 2, 2018


On some Linux distributions, including firewalld service definition files will cause the associated network ports to appear in the distribution’s firewall-config GUI for opening or closing.

Motivation and Context

I'm new to using Kodi, and realised that I would need to open firewall ports on my Fedora workstation in order to control it remotely. The HOW-TO:Install Kodi on Fedora 26 using RPMFusion packages wiki page suggests that I might like to disable the firewall entirely, which is probably good advice if you have a machine dedicated to running Kodi, but is less ideal if the computer also performs other tasks. Instead, we can provide hints to firewalld about the ports that Kodi uses, to make it easier for the user to open the necessary ports.

I'm sure other ports will be required to enable other Kodi features, but hopefully defining these few ports is a step in the right direction.

How Has This Been Tested?

I applied this change as a patch to RPMFusion's Kodi package (master, 7877ce2, packaging Kodi 18.0a1-Leia) and used rfpkg mockbuild to successfully build Fedora 29 packages that included the new files.

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  • New feature (non-breaking change which adds functionality)
  • Breaking change (fix or feature that would cause existing functionality to change)


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install(FILES ${CMAKE_SOURCE_DIR}/tools/Linux/firewalld-services/kodi-jsonrpc.xml
DESTINATION ${prefix}/lib/firewalld/services

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hudokkow May 3, 2018


Thank you for your first contribution to Kodi. Very much appreciated.

You can make it shorter:

# Install firewalld service definitions
install(FILES ${CMAKE_SOURCE_DIR}/tools/Linux/firewalld-services/kodi-eventserver.xml
        DESTINATION ${prefix}/lib/firewalld/services
        COMPONENT kodi)

Apart from that, looks good to me. Build failure is unrelated to this change.

On some Linux distributions, including these files will cause the associated network ports to appear in the distribution’s `firewall-config` GUI for opening or closing.
@mavit mavit force-pushed the mavit:firewalld-services branch from 94f350d to 0142d77 May 3, 2018
<short>Kodi web interface</short>
<description>Kodi is a free cross-platform media-player jukebox and entertainment hub. Enable this option to remotely control Kodi via its web interface.</description>
<port protocol="tcp" port="8080"/>

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Razzeee May 16, 2018


Only problem I can think of is that you can edit this port inside of kodi and it won't match this anymore. Not sure if you can do for the others too, but this one is quiet prominent in the settings.

Frustratingly the only thing I can think of we can do, is point that out in the description.

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mavit May 16, 2018

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I suppose the same thing is true of pretty much every service that firewalld knows about, since most services are configurable in this way, but I don't think it's a problem. If someone's changed the port, they should know what port they've set it to, and should be able to tell that to the firewall. Teaching firewalld about the default ports mainly helps users who don't already know what the default port numbers are.


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commented May 17, 2018

jenkins build this please

@hudokkow hudokkow merged commit 4ea3683 into xbmc:master May 17, 2018
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@hudokkow hudokkow added this to the Leia 18.0-alpha2 milestone May 17, 2018
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