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3. The TiVo Shell > 3.1. Hacks #29-46

Hacks #29-46

We stumbled over it briefly when booting up the MFS Tools [Hack #23]. We caught a glimpse of it when we shut down TiVo’s software [Hack #18]. I’m speaking about the Linux operating system humming away under the hood of your TiVo. The TiVo interface you see on your television set, TiVo’s responses to your remote control, and all the gray matter that makes your TiVo a TiVo are Linux applications.

Linux, Linux, everywhere, but not a drop to drink. This chapter rectifies that by dropping you into the TiVo shell, a text-only command-line environment very much what you’d find on any Unix system (or DOS prompt, if you prefer). Here you can poke about, install software, run applications, and generally interact with TiVo from the inside out.


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