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Let me first say if this is improper to start a new thread/child here, I understand. I did not see this anywhere over last few weeks of reading here. Please move it if so and TY for patience.  :>

Hello all , Noob to the forum but have tested the SW over the years for just hosting downloads for friends. Decided to use it for a purpose now full time. Let me ask a question or 2 please as am sure it will turn into more later :>

rejetto was kind enough to fix my account and asked for a link to this post when I have finished it so he could interject. I gave him a quick thought on this via email when my IP was blocked. Good guy! :>

Grab a coffee..

* The plan:-
I live in a a retirement complex with many, 48, elderly people. I would like to take an old windows machine, and fill it with old movies from the 30-50's, I have thousands, and have them stream to their phones/Pc's or devices via http.
Our gated community here has a crappy 13 channel tv network with zero chance of upgrades. Pathetic!! We have left our elders lonely.
Sadly I need this to be anonymous or could go to each and help them one by one. The powers that be dont wish them to do more that eat and watch TV. I intend to help them come back together somewhat by all means I have.

I would like to set this "site" up OFFLINE as a "captive portal" thru an old offline router that just redirects them to the portal/port of hfs. Have a box of old routers going to waste as well.
I can skip the router and use the built in wireless but its reach is sad and a router would be ideal. This is why chose captive portal instead.
note:-I have a Raspberry Pi mdl:1 b2 and am wondering if could use this as the "headend"/host for the PC as a sort of NAS via hfs? If thats a huge hassle, leave it alone and we move on. Any use of this would be great if can be incorporated.

* My thoughts on ways to achieve this-:
Idea being is the SSID will just say something like "FreeOldTimeMovies" and they connect and force a "captive portal" to open browser where their cell or pc/device will see the current stream playing via hfs.  I have not figure our a good SW for that yet but played with VLC and can make 2 good simultaneous streams. It might work. I also downloaded a few like obs, emby server, serviio and jellyfin.
I can stream to vlc FROM vlc but, browsers have no clue what to do with the http/rtp/udp ocelot other than download it. This is not an option really as almost all do not have the internet and would not be interested in in installing things nor the know how. I also borrow a hotspot when I can so try and make best of time online.

Once I get the browser to popup by captive portal method and HFS presents homepage, an icon/link/url that directs them to the port the video is streaming on is idea. Main functions of hfs, I am thinking, is other menus like a chat during video/stream and "next up" type things, weather scroll etc.. these are all for later and should not be hard to add as overlays via OBS or vlc.

I am not very proficient with HTML since comp/sci college back in late 80's but, I can do it if needs to be done. This would only be needed for the layout/.TPC that hfs uses. I think I can bungle my way thru that as have downloaded and read piles on it here already.. but am open to suggestions.
I will make a new menu daily of the 24 hours of video for that day. I have tested many 100% free OpenSRC software after days of reading and settled on emdb, libra, zeeb or most likely Media companion for the menus and movie metadata. Very cool for free. Support your local OpenSource indy Programmers!! :>

So, hope have I made myself clear enough.
1: An Open wifi ssid "join here for free cool movies" etc
2: Once connected, captive portal forces browser to open with no password but instead,
    a menu produced/generated and maintain thru hfs.
3: One Click "now playing" url and browser displays video stream(s) of choice. Chat window, weather etc later.
4: No extra downloads or software installs on their part.
   These folks are in 60-90 yr age range. 

Having a scroll with maybe weather and eventually a chatbox or similar where they all could talk while view the shows is later but important. It would be a huge moral boost for these men and women!!

*Problems for me unresolved-:
1:    Tested local and browser cannot handle the stream. stream to/from vlc works fine.
       Browser wants to use external program to view. -This might be something to do with me having windows
      "Internet information systems" FTP/web management etc disabled?
       Surely this can be done without more MS services running!? I am aware of the plugin for VLC for browsers
       but  VLC may not even be the best option to stream.
2:    Finding a WHOLE set of documentation for HFS to read offline with out doing a mirror of it local.
       My internet is dsl 1-2 mb and there is no fixing that.
       I CAN access it via buddy hotspot sporadically.

Ok all I appreciate any help and thoughts even if they are " you cant do it or that wont work like that". haha! Also, I do not have access to the Internet daily so I may not be able to respond real quickly. Yes.. I live in the sticks. This is rather long post as have said, net access is slim for me. I try make a list, download all forums info, read and test offline then make notes for next time net is available.
Great forum!! Hard to find folks anymore like i have seen help here. This was my determining factor in joining and making hfs my choice. I am very patient. Am sure this can be done and probably have made more out of it than needed. :-\ Much appreciation to those who help here and any who might assist me with this project. Cheers

I have read thru the forums for hours and have come to the conclusion..I need am going to need a hand with this. God Bless!:>
HTML & templates / Im looking for a Template can you help?
« Last post by Scotspaul on May 17, 2021, 05:58:05 PM »
Hi Friends
Im using Rawr template but with the death of flash we can no longer preview tracks
Would any of you be willing to share a template, with the download button and preview track option.
Thank you for any help :)
Programmers corner / Re: Discuss about the Virtual File System technique?
« Last post by danny on May 14, 2021, 04:47:40 PM »
It looks like an expansion of the typical feature of web and ftp servers--the ability to set webroot to a real folder (folder is C:\web (example) but link is /).  The values are stored in web server's data file.  HFS has this, except more capacity to store more links. 
&RQ / Re: whatsnew.txt
« Last post by paulkapil08 on May 14, 2021, 11:56:29 AM »
it would be more work for me, and i don't see any gain other than possible inconsistency between docs
Bug reports / Re: Unable to archive/download all
« Last post by NaitLee on May 13, 2021, 02:44:53 PM »
In an operating system, when a file is opened and changing, other programs cannot see changes, or cannot even access it.
I've successfully reproduced this, with 10 files, only 4 in archive, and their contents are all \x00.
Maybe it's the file just got "immutable" when writing. (I'm not a low-level os expert)

So the solution is, keep the files closed when trying to access (archive) them.
You can try to close your file-writing applications, locally or remotely.
With HFS, you can do with macros. Be sure to keep secure.

P.S. What I've tried is following python code:
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files = []
for i in range(10):
    files.append(open(str(i) + '.txt', 'w', encoding='utf-8'))
while True:
    for i in files:
It infinitely writes the file on the first byte (char) until Ctrl+C.
Programmers corner / Discuss about the Virtual File System technique?
« Last post by NaitLee on May 13, 2021, 02:03:53 PM »
I'm just trying to implement a virtual file system (vfs) thing in Python, but cannot figure out the technique to do.
HFS source code is a bit long and I failed to discover the actual way.

Please, help me imagine a method to complete it :)
Any spoken thing is fine :D
Bug reports / Unable to archive/download all
« Last post by Kiego on May 13, 2021, 08:51:58 AM »

I am using the HFS version 2.3m build#300. I have a folder with many text files which are constantly have data appending to the files by other application. When I try to select multiple of these files and press archive from my Chrome browser. Not all the files selected are archived in my .tar file. I had tried other browser and the result is the same. Is there anyway I am able to have all the files selection to be archived in my .tar file?
Everything else / Re: Travelling
« Last post by HFS95 on May 12, 2021, 05:41:19 PM »

oh yes I feel for you. :'( I would love to travel back in time, like in the series Travelers.  Just skip that time and carry on as normal.
I want to cry.

PS: If you haven't seen the series, watch it :

HFS ~ HTTP File Server / Re: "username not found"
« Last post by Mars on May 11, 2021, 02:40:22 PM »
"user/password for each folder"  is an old protection technique implemented during the first versions of HFS, it is preferable to use as much as possible the use of accounts
HFS ~ HTTP File Server / Re: problem with config ini file
« Last post by danny on May 11, 2021, 01:39:18 PM »
Try this method:
 At HFS console, press F7, and add user accounts there first.