[mythtv-users] More hours of messing with mythtv yield zero result
finlay at moeraki.com
Tue Jan 13 22:06:53 UTC 2009
Igor Chudov wrote:
> I have Ubuntu Intrepid and installed mythtv by means of apt-get.
> I have spent dozens of hours on this already and there is no end to an
> incredible mess.
> The previous problem was, apparently, that mysql setup was all messed
> up and log on to mysql was not set up properly. But mythtv was saying
> all kinds of nonsense like "check that mysql server is running"
> instead of plainly saying that it could not log on.
> Basically nothing works and mythtv produces some incomprehensible
> error messages (or no messages) that never lead to anything
> productive. It is like fighting through a thick forest.
> The latest one, apparently, is that when I do
> /etc/init.d/mythtv-backend start
> it prints a sadly stupid message "No setting found for this machine's
> I just spend 20 minutes googling for this message trying to find just
> where, in what file is that setting set. First of all, the script
> could say that.
> I start that /etc/init.d/mythtv-backend as root. I ran mythtv-setup
> as user "tv". I changed /etc/default/mythtv-backend user setting to
> "tv"'s config.xml has zero mention of "BackendServerIP".
> I have been a linux user since 1995 and admin many systems at home and
> at work, colocated servers, all sorts of servers, desktops and
> With the possible exception of PulseAudio, mythtv takes the prize for
> being the most user unfriendly system, where finding solutions to most
> obvious problems is almost impossible.
> I will continue messing with it, mostly because I have little choice,
> but I gotta say I have not yet seen anything nearly as bad.
> And no, I am not going to install "mythbuntu" (using then Ubuntu
> Hardy). I tried and it was by far the worst experience. Right now I
> have everything working perfectly except mythtv. With "mythbuntu", I
> had mythtv not working and everything else was in a not so good shape
I agree with you Igor that mythtv setup and use can be frustrating at
times but perseverance should pay off. I found when I was doing an
install of mythtv on ubuntu hardy that installing
mythbuntu-control-center and setting things up through it made the
process much easier. I don't know if you tried mcc yet but I would
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