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User Generated ZoneMinder Frequently Asked Questions

These are user generated FAQs for ZoneMinder. The official ZoneMinder FAQ can be found at http://zoneminder.readthedocs.org/en/latest/faq.html

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Montage Layout Names duplicity

Problem with Montage Layout naming - using same name causes creating new one instead of updating existing one...
Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS Focal Fossa - easy setup - thank You ZoneMinder !
- but then You need to access the database "zm" - and I searched and found easy solution and modified a little...
- in this case - I use webui of phpmyadmin to manage the content of database - it is easy for beginners,
and You cannot harm the database so easy like with bad syntax on command line...

1./ log-in to terminal as su

 sudo su

(provide password for Your superuser)

2./ install phpmyadmin

 apt-get install phpmyadmin

- I have used for both apache2 and lighttpd
- I have created custom password (for example: PASSword123)

3./ modify access to databases for default user "phpmyadmin"
- enter mysql:

 mysql -u root -pzm

- pzm is for -p and zm because "-p zm" with space don't work...
- I have used command for all databases for easy use...

 GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'phpmyadmin'@'localhost'

- this causes that user "phpmyadmin" has all databases on host visible and editable
- normaly it would look like this - only for "zm" database

 GRANT ALL ON zm.* TO 'phpmyadmin'@'localhost'

4./ delete or modify unwanted layouts
- connect from browser:


- username "phpmyadmin" - password "PASSword123" - open database "zm" and look for table "MontageLayouts"
- do what You want (study how layout is defined...) :-)
- or simply delete unwanted or broken layout - after this refresh page with layout and
in the dropdown menu of layouts is the deleted one (or more) not more available...

Don't forget - MYSQL and PHPMYADMIN are two DIFFERENT things...
- also take care about usernames and passwords

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