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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Plex Media Server crash

A quick note to the Linux media sharing community...

If Plex crashes upon upstart, try the following:

sudo mkdir /var/lib/plexmediaserver
sudo chown -R plex.nogroup /var/lib/plexmediaserver

This was happening to me after a fresh wipe and install of Plex.  When running tail /var/log/kern.log, I get several  "init: plexmediaserver main process (5424) terminated with status 134", with various PIDs, but always status 134, and then finally "init: plexmediaserver respawning too fast, stopped".

The above fix is for an older version of Plex, but seemed to work in my case.  My setup is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, x64, Plex ver 0.9.6.3.143 from the repositories.  It seems the Ubuntu packager, Tobias Hieta, has made this mistake in the past because I found this in the Plex forums for Ubuntu 11.10.

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