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

now at first we need the mysql server:

apt-get install mysql-server

now set the mysql root user password

mysqladmin -u root password yourpasswordhere

at next step we need to add 2 more sources to our sources.list

deb sid main 
deb-src sid main

now we can get the rest of the needed package to build myth via:

apt-get update
apt-get build-dep mythtv

Getting MythTV

Now you can get mythtv sources, but unless you have a really good reason to use the latest version from sid maybe you should just:

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

Add your user to the staff group so you get write permission to /usr/local. Now after logging in as a user (DON'T USE ROOT) do this:

svn co

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

cd mythtv

and compile it with something like:

 ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --arch=athlon-xp --enable-dvb --enable-dvb-eit
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 probably want to be root to run the "make install" part, though, because that target invokes ldconfig to set up shared library paths, and usually nobody but root can do this.

To build the plugins, do the same thing, but using

svn co

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


Finally, you can build the themes using

 svn co

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

U have to create the

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

Starting MythTV

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