[mythtv] [PATCH]: show IP address in system status screen

eric moors ericmoors at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 10 02:51:01 EST 2004

>Kevin Elliott wrote:
> > > Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > >
> > > >On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 07:56:50PM -0500, J. Donavan Stanley wrote:
> > > >>Matt Zimmerman wrote: Could your parents, grandparents etc set up a 
> > > >>server?  Should they really need to?
> > > >
> > > >Probably not.  Do you believe that eric moors is my parent or
> > > >grandparent?  If not, I don't see your point.
> > >
> > > The point is that having this information is useful to more than just 
> > > person.  And that not every person who might find the information 
> > > is capable of / has the desire to set up a DNS server on their home 
> >
> > I assert that anyone who can get MythTV up and running can set up a DNS
> > server.  It's easier.
>I've set up atleast 10-25 myth boxes for other people. Now that I think 
>I've had to try to tell them to give me the IP address of the machine for
>remote administration, and many of them have no idea how to use Linux, 
>the efforts painful. Or, let's say you called your wife at home who is 
>to get it working, and you need to fix something for her, but you happen
>to be on a dynamic network, etc.

Exactly why I submitted the patch. A lot of people I know are capable of 
following a good
howto on installing mythtv, but their home-networks are pretty basic and 
they have no idea
on how this works. Their ADSL router provides them with a DHCP server: Plug 
and play as
far as they are concerned, setup by a neighbour or so. Adding a DNS to that 
network, is
way over their head, as it is for the neighbour. Besides that if a DNS is 
available, the
IP address will still be usefull. Without a DNS, the hostname of the machine 
is of no use.
I just tried to add the greatest common denominator (I hope that is proper 

I have no objection agaist displaying the hostname as well. It is however 
not very
usefull for me. If I find the time, I'll see if I can add that as well. It 
is just a simple
gethostbyaddr() call I think, right?.


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