setting changes are not retained
#1
I'm using Amber 2.2.5 on Kodi Jarvis 16.0 on an Amazon FireTV (1st gen)

Every time I restart Kodi all of my changes are lost. I've tried:
checking to the vertical menu
deactivating home menu items
changing backgrounds to multi image

I can make these changes one & a time or all at once but they all are lost every time I QUIT kodi.

The only change that seems to hold is to turn off or on home shelf items.

Any suggestions?
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#2
I totally figured it out!!!! I am off to bed but will write the solution in the morning. Also will do a tutorial of it.
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#3
I'm on the edge of my seat with anticipation.
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#4
Plantkiller,
Any progress towards revealing what you did?
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#5
(2016-04-13, 14:38)rcrh Wrote: Plantkiller,
Any progress towards revealing what you did?

I'm going to try and guess as I don't have a FireTV but in v16 the skin settings are now stored in a different location per skin rather than all together in the guisettings.xml file.

Can you check permissions on ~/.kodi/userdata/addon_data/skin.amber/settings.xml
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#6
Well, on my firetv (not sure why it would be different then any android box) the directory is actually
~/.kodi/addons/skin.amber/settings.xml
and the permissions are
RW_ RW_ ___
I'm not sure who the owner is or who is in the GROUP but those are the permissions.

Are you sure about the path? I have a skin.xxx for each skin installed EXCEPT confluence. And I have a guisettings.xml still under ~/.kodi/userdata/

Is my install messed up? Should I uninstall and clear out ~/.kodi/... and start over?

And are you sure this is the right file? I just looked at my ~/.kodi/addons/skin.amber/settings.xml.
It has some basic declarations about the skin and then a bunch of info for the various languages. Nothing about configuration options.
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#7
(2016-04-13, 22:42)rcrh Wrote: Well, on my firetv (not sure why it would be different then any android box) the directory is actually
~/.kodi/addons/skin.amber/settings.xml

According to the wiki the android location of settings.xml may be

/sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/addon_data/skin.amber
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#8
OK. to test I just installed a skin that I had never looked at before and then checked my files.
Sure enough I'm an idiot and there are in fact two directors for each skin.
/sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/addon_data/skin.amber
and
/sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/addons/skin.amber

So, putting that bit of nonsense aside I checked the permissions on both folders & both files
~/.kodi/userdata/addon_data/skin.amber RWX RWX __X
~/.kodi/userdata/addon_data/skin.amber/settings.xml RW_ RW_ ___
~/.kodi/addons/skin.amber RWX RWX __X
~/.kodi/addons/skin.amber/addon.xml RW_ RW_ ___

it looks like those permissions are sufficient for kodi to update its settings, right?
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#9
Can you try changing a single setting e.g. Vertical home and then comparing the addon_data settings.xml before the change, after the change and after you quit Kodi?
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#10
So I grabbed five copies of settings.xml
1) prior to starting kodi
2) while kodi is running
3) changed menu to vertical (kodi still running)
4) quit kodi
5) restarted kodi

When I restarted kodi the menu was back to horizontal.

All five files had the same date & time stamp.
All five files were identical.

I'm not sure what is going on.
I really hope plantkiller posts his solution.
Any other thoughts?
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#11
I also tried editing one of the copies I made and then copied it back (I changed the menu to vertical). It worked.
I then tried making other changes within Kodi & nothing stayed.

So until plantkiller posts his solution I guess I can read through the skinning documentation and figure out all of the changes I want to make & manually edit the settings.xml file & hope I don't toast my install.
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#12
Looks like it may be a known issue. I'm not sure if anything listed in the comments on this page helps.

http://www.aftvnews.com/some-apps-like-k...fire-os-5/
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#13
(2016-04-14, 17:32)joethepartylion Wrote: Looks like it may be a known issue. I'm not sure if anything listed in the comments on this page helps.

http://www.aftvnews.com/some-apps-like-k...fire-os-5/

I'm not sure this is the cause:
1) I've successfully moved part of my kodi to an external USB drive (my thumbnails), and
2) one of the comments says this was fixed with Kodi Jarvis.
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#14
Joetheparylion, are you the author of Amber?
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#15
(2016-04-14, 17:49)rcrh Wrote: Joetheparylion, are you the author of Amber?

Not the author but I've helped update it for the last few Kodi releases.
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