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I installed XBMC and it's working beautifully. I have my own skin I'd like to use and all I should have to do is copy and past my skin.folder into the addons folder and I'm down.

However, this isn't so easy with Ubuntu. I have the latest version, installed today 11-14-2012

Could someone please spell out the command process to make this happen? I've read through so many forums, tried ssh, I know now I'm getting into things that could be dangerous so any help would be much appreciated.


/home/cantrellsmedia/Downloads/skin.cantrell   <----- Need copied 

/usr/share/xbmc/addons/ <-------- Paste 

Some of what I have tried

cp skin.cantrell mv skin.cantrell~/usr/share/xbmc/addons/


Ok. I screwed up and typed in my bad command line. My bad. Yours worked but lacked the -R to copy the file.


It only copied the folder and not the contents. Now I'm getting error message cp: cannot stat and it reads a list of the contents.Any help to solve this would be appreciated.

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Please try:

    sudo cp Downloads/skin.cantrell /usr/share/xbmc/addons/ 

Use 'sudo' to gain administrator's rights in order to copy to system folders, such as /usr.

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Ok, I tried exactly that and no matter what I do I continue to get the error message cp: target 'skin.cantrell~/usr/share/xbmc/addons' is not a directory. – Blake Wood Nov 15 '12 at 19:38
There is a space in my suggested command and no ~. Is /usr/share/xbmc/addons/ a valid directory? Is the file skin.cantrell located in Downloads? – chili555 Nov 16 '12 at 1:55

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