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Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group (many-to-many) communication in discussion forums called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication and data transfers via private message.[1]

Mythtv Channels


The #mythtv-users channel on is usually the fastest way to get help about problems with MythTV. A daily chat log is kept at


The #mythtv channel on is for developer discussions only.

Channel FAQ / Rules

How can I get an answer to my question?

Well, you're reading this FAQ, so you're either off to a good start, or someone pointed out your bad start.

The documentation is a great place to look for answers. People will point you here from IRC, so check there first.

Use Google. Search for anything that seems related to your error. The exact error message often yeilds a hit to a mailing list archive, which brings us to our next point:

There is a mythtv-users mailing list archive; somebody has nearly always had a similar problem and posted their solution.

Finally, there is IRC. If you have tried the above, and still can't find the answer you can see if anybody in channel can answer your question. Always wait a few minutes between joining the channel and asking your question. There may be something else already happening in channel. You should wait even if what is happening doesn't seem related to MythTV. Interrupting people is only going to make them less likely to want to help you with your question.

Should you decide not to follow these steps, you will likely end up back here reading the very next question.

Why is everyone being so rude/brusque/direct?

That's just the way most geeks are. Especially when asked questions in silly ways, or even worse, stupid questions. Don't take it personally, just adjust.

For further insight, see How to ask smart questions. This essay is a great read, and by reading it you will be able to help us help you better.

Also see User-Friendly for December 1, 2004. This is instructive while also funny.

Should I ask this question on #mythtv or #mythtv-users?

If your question is directly related to the development of MythTV (especially if you are a developer of MythTV) then #mythtv is possibly the correct venue for your question. Please note that the developers don't particularly like having people interrupting them with questions that don't belong in their channel, so if you are off-topic, expect to get snapped at.

If your question is a user-support issue (e.g. "I can't get this to work" or "Can you help me with...") go to #mythtv-users. If your question can't be answered by the people there, try again later when other people are on. If it still can't be answered, your best bet is to ask on the mythtv-users mailing list, which you will need to subscribe to first.

Why am I getting yelled at for pasting my logs into the channel?

The short answer is, if it's 3 or more lines long, use a pastebin.

Go to put your content into the box hit submit you get a url, paste the url into the channel with a short description of what you're asking about, and you'll be golden.

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