Upgrading Raspbmc

Raspbmc Upgrade

For those of you who have been using Raspbmc you will be aware that was an update on the 22nd of Feb.

A lot of people seem to have had problems with the update starting, then hanging with a screen that says:

“Relax CMBG will restart shortly”

I have attached a screen shot of this below:





I fixed the problem using the following steps.

Note you will need to also download any 3rd party plugins again or copy the zip files if your Raspberry Pi if you still have them on there.

Start by backing up your Raspbmc settings. You can do this by shelling into your Raspberry Pi and taring the settings.

tar -czf xbmc-backup.tar.gz .xbmc

Copy the tar file to another machine. For example you can open a fresh shell into the Raspberry Pi and secure copy (scp) the file to your local machine

scp <user>@<ip address>:/path/to/backup .

Next head over to the Raspbmc website’s download page.


You can find the instructions here to re-install Raspbmc.

Once the instillation is complete, copy your tar file containing the settings back up to the Raspberry  Pi.

Running the following command will then untar the settings and re-load them.

sudo initctl stop xbmc && tar -xzf xbmc-backup.tar.gz && sudo initctl start xbmc

Finally you will need to setup your 3rd party plugins again.

Raspbmc book

Sam Nazarko the creator of Raspbmc also has a book out on the subject, you can check it out on the Packt Publishing website.

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