Installing MythTV SVN on Debian Sid

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This is a Tutorial to installing MythTV on a new installed Debian SID Machine.

Getting the necessary Debian Packages

Install the mysql server:

apt-get install mysql-server

Don't forget to set a mysql root user password if you haven't already done so while performing the installation:

mysqladmin -u root password yourpasswordhere

Next, we need to add 2 more sources to our sources.list:

deb sid main 
deb-src sid main

Now, get the rest of the needed packages to build myth via:

apt-get update
apt-get build-dep mythtv

Getting MythTV

Unless you have a really good reason not to, you should probably just get the packaged version issuing:

apt-get install mythtv

and if you want extras you can search for them with apt-cache search mythtv

Building yourself (experts)

Building from upstream

There are a few prerequisites that are needed when compiling MythTV from source.

# apt-get install libqt3-mt-mysql sudo screen libfreetype6-dev liblame-dev

MythTV recommends that you create a mythtv user to compile and configure your MythTV installation. This will prevent making mistakes that could render your computer unusable (i.e. doing a rm -rf * in the wrong directory). As root, do the following:

# useradd -m mythtv
# passwd mythtv
# visudo

Then add this line to the document (if you're in vi, press i, then type/paste the line, then press Esc, type ZZ and press return):

mythtv  ALL=(ALL) ALL

Now login (using ssh or directly on the computer) with the mythtv user and do the following:

$ mkdir mythtv_build
$ cd mythtv_build
$ svn co

This creates a folder called mythtv where the actual sources are in.

$ cd mythtv

Then start screen so that you can leave the computer (close the ssh session) easily while the compilation takes place.

$ screen

If you want to leave the computer, just press Ctlr-A then press d. The screen will disappear from the screen but continue to run in the background. The get the screen back, type

$ screen -r

and the screen will reappear.

Now compile MythTV with something like:

$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --enable-dvb
$ make
$ sudo make install

The configure line above is only an example. In this example, the installation is configured to be under /usr/local. If you want to put it somewhere else, you can alter the --prefix argument. Run ./configure --help to see what options are available and necessary for you.

You will need to apt-get these packages to build all the plugins:

$ sudo apt-get install libcdparanoia0-dev libmad0-dev libid3tag0-dev kdelibs4-dev libflac++-dev libxvmc-dev
$ cd ..
$ svn co
$ cd mythplugins
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
$ make
$ sudo make install

Finally, you can build the themes using

$ cd ..
$ svn co
$ cd myththemes
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
$ make
$ sudo make install

MythWeb is really nice to have, and you can install it like so:

$ cd ..
$ sudo cp -r mythplugins/mythweb /var/www/

You may need to edit the configuration file

$ sudo nano /var/www/mythweb/mythweb.conf.apache

change <Directory "/var/www/html" > to <Directory "/var/www/mythweb" >

Next you will need to copy the configuration file to the httpd

$ sudo cp /var/www/mythweb/mythweb.conf.apache /etc/apache/conf.d/mythweb.conf

You then need to make sure your web server can write to the 'data' directory in mythweb

$ sudo chgrp -R www-data /var/www/mythweb/data
$ sudo chmod g+rw /var/www/mythweb/data
$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Building from packaged source

If you include the following two lines in /etc/apt/sources.list

deb sid main
deb-src sid main

then you can use the usual

apt-get source mythtv mythplugins myththemes

to retrieve Christian Marillat's source packages, followed by (as superuser)

apt-get build-dep mythtv mythplugins myththemes

to setup the build dependencies. Now you can build with the usual

dpkg-buildpackage -uc -b -rfakeroot

as usual (in each of the three created directories).

Creating the database

Now create the database..

  mysql --user=root --password < /usr/share/mythtv/sql/mc.sql

Starting MythTV

Now you can setup mythbackend via mythtv-setup (there you will be prompted to seleted the user and password to access the database: use user root and the password you have selected earlier).