Running minidlna aka. ReadyMedia on Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit

As ushare kept crashing at startup on my Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit machine, I switched to minidlna/ReadyMedia as the DNLA daemon of choice for my laptop to quickly share a few directiries via UPnP.

Installation is quite easy:
sudo apt-get install minidlna

The configuration is not much harder. Edit the file /etc/minidlna.conf with the editor of your choice and take notice of the following lines:

friendly_name=Laptop            # Optional
db_dir=/var/cache/minidlna      # Needs to be un-commented
log_dir=/var/log                # Needs to be un-commented
inotify=yes                     # 'no' for less resources, restart required for new media
In my case, minidlna did not start. Checking /var/log/minidlna.log revealed, that the daemon had no access to its sqlite database:
[2013/08/15 18:40:50] minidlna.c:321: fatal: ERROR: Failed to open sqlite database!  Exiting...
As the minidlna daemon gets started as user „minidlna”, you have to set the ACL of the db_dir accordingly:
sudo mkdir /var/cache/minidlna
sudo chown -R minidlna.minidlna /var/cache/minidlna
sudo chmod 744 /var/cache/minidlna

With that, minidlna started without a hitch.

P.S.: If using a firewall the the 1900/udp and 8200/tcp ports will need to be opened:
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m udp -p udp --dport 1900 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m tcp -p tcp --dport 8200 -j ACCEPT

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