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Buildbot Network

stuarta 13:35, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

MythTV uses an extensive set of buildworkers, running different operating systems, as well as different compilers. The aim of this is to validate all changesets do not affect our ability to build on the different platforms.

The intention is to ensure that MythTV will build and run on all the current distro flavours, and in particular on the long term stable variants. eg.

  • Debian Stable
  • Ubuntu LTS
  • Fedora
  • FreeBSD
  • OS X
  • RHEL/Centos6 is not an option due to the Qt version being too old.

Architecture Support:

  • i386
  • x86_64
  • arm (currently armhf, armv6, armv7hl)

Build Master

You can look at the progress of current builds or the history of the most recent builds by visiting BuildMaster. I'd recommend the console page.

Setting up a build worker

Setting up a build worker is a relatively simple process. If you have a server capable of running a virtual machine or three, then offers of buildworkers are always welcome. Please contact the developers via IRC #mythtv on freenode.

Basic VM configuration

  • 1x CPU
  • 2Gb RAM min
  • 16Gb OS Disk
  • 50Gb /home


  • 50Gb /home is sufficient to hold at least 3 different builds as well as the whole 10Gb ccache


Install the operating system you are planning to use.

Automated Method (Recommended)

(For CentOS first install epel-release)
Install the ansible, ansible-extras (if a separate package on your distro) and git packages, then clone the MythTV ansible repository

   $ git clone

Then as root, change into the directory where the playbooks were checked out to and run

   # ansible-playbook -i hosts buildworker.yml

This will install all the packages required, as well as configuring ccache and setting up the startup script to start the buildworker when the server starts. All that is left to do is configure the buildworker. Continue from the step "Connecting to the build network"

Manual Method

Here is some information on setting up buildworker by hand

You should also create a buildworker user, and configure ccache to be allowed to use 10Gb of cache ccache -M 10G

Autostart on boot

NOTE: Only required if you used the manual installation method

Configuring the buildworker to autostart on system boot is a very simple step. Create a script ~/bin/ with the following contents if you are using buildbot < 0.9

  cd ~/mythtv
  /usr/bin/buildslave stop
  exec /usr/bin/buildslave start

Or this if you are using buildbot >= 0.9

  cd ~/mythtv
  /usr/bin/buildbot-worker stop
  exec /usr/bin/buildbot-worker start


  • The stop is not a mistake. The stop causes the buildworker to cleanup any old PID files that are present which would otherwise prohibit the buildworker from starting

Then chmod +x ~/bin/

Next edit crontab to start it at boot time. As the buildworker user run crontab -e and add the following line

 @reboot /home/buildworker/bin/

Connecting to the build network

For this you will need to talk to the developers on IRC again.

You will be provided with the following pieces of information

  • your buildworker's name
  • the password assigned to your buildworker
  • the hostname and port number of the buildmaster, i.e.

Configure the buildworker

Run the 'buildworker' command as follows for buildbot < 0.9

  # su - buildworker
  $ mkdir mythtv
  $ buildslave create-slave mythtv SLAVENAME PASSWORD

Or like this for buildbot >= 0.9

  # su - buildworker
  $ mkdir mythtv
  $ buildbot-worker create-worker mythtv WORKERNAME PASSWORD

Please make sure you edit info/host and info/admin in ~buildworker/mythtv so we know some information about your buildworker and your contact details. NOTE: The startup script installed by the automated method will automatically populate info/host at startup

buildworker needs to be started if not already running by either reboot, or by running the following as the buildworker user