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Help with headless

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:04 pm
by billwin

Pretty new to Linux , let alone MakeMKv.

Been following a guide to make a headless device ARM at ... /

seems to be doing what it should, but when inserting the disk, it reads for a while then ejects

checking the log files I it is correctly identifying the disk, and prepping the location to rip to but then when MakeMKV starts it logs the message

"This application version is too old. Please download the latest version at or enter a registration key to continue using the current version.","This applic…..

I have places the current Beta key in the location

/root/.MakeMKV/settings.conf as below

app_Key = "T-JRohkknxtUGHBE5RWnzpxHH01EN4UkVJI8evivBOw56OH8KWxbVE3w6yBTMHm5qF7D"

But receive this message still, it this due to the code expiring, or am I doing something epically wrong?

Re: Help with headless

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:34 pm
by Woodstock
When did you get the copy of the beta key? At the end of January, the key that shipped in the MakeMKV install file expired, and was replaced by one that expires at the end of this month (March).

Also, is the instance of MakeMKV running as the same user that owns the .MakeMKV/settings.conf file that you edited? If not, it might not see the modified settings file.

Re: Help with headless

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:41 pm
by billwin
Hi Woodstock

Many thanks for your reply.

The Key, today from the expires end march post.

Re ownership. the Guide followed had a new user and group created
sudo groupadd arm
sudo useradd -m arm -g arm -G cdrom
sudo passwd arm
<enter new password>
just checked the Settings.conf which is at


with LS -L and it showed it was owned by Root Root

Changed it to ARM ARM

Still seem to have the issue.

My USER, the one created on Server install is plexadmin.. should I be changing all the bits n bobs to the user I log in with?

Re: Help with headless

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:58 pm
by billwin

on the section where you add the line to the conf file
app_Key = "insertlicensekeyhere"
should the " " be there or just the key?

Re: Help with headless

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:04 pm
by billwin
This appears to have self resolved following the MakeMKV package updating via apt on Wednesday.

All working now.