Perl for TiVo Series 2

It took a while for me to figure out how to build this sucker for TiVo, because Perl has a different build process than most other Unix programs and I had to manually tell it all the right config settings for the TiVo MIPS. And it kept wanting to run the miniperl and perl binaries that it just built to do tests, but that doesn’t work when you’re cross-compiling so I had to keep renaming the binaries and replacing them with versions from my system. Eventually, I got it to build, but I haven’t done very extensive testing of it – just very, very simple stuff. My hope is that this will open up TiVo hacking to more people – i.e.: people who don’t know or don’t like Tcl and prefer Perl.

Perl 5.8.5 for TiVo Series 2

Update 2005-01-28: You might also need the following shared libraries if you don’t already have them on your TiVo:

tivo libdl and libnsl.rar

Thanks to dressen who pointed that out here:

dressen’s post on forums

GNU screen for TiVo Series 2

GNU screen is an awesome program that allows you to have several sessions open at the same time that you can switch between. Furthermore, all of the state is stored on the server, so if you lose the connection, you can simply reconnect and resume with everything in the same state. Or if you’re at work and you go home, you can connect at home and resume exactly the same. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check it out if you haven’t seen it. Anyway, it’s great so I had to have this program on my TiVo.

GNU screen for TiVo Series 2