[mythtv] Why are themes downloaded to /etc/mythtv?

James Courtier-Dutton james.dutton at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 09:24:06 UTC 2011

On Dec 9, 2011 10:34 PM, "Michael T. Dean" <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> On 12/09/2011 04:18 PM, Richard Shaw wrote:
> > On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 6:56 AM, Stuart Morgan wrote:
> >> I think it's reasonable to offer a $MYTHCACHEDIR - falling back to
> >> and ultimately $HOME. I'll commit something soon.
> > I don't want to sound impatient but I wanted to ask if there's been
> > any progress on this front? Should I put in a trac ticket for this?
> >
> > Until this happens I'm going to have problems with users downloading
> > themes since as of Fedora 16 mythbackend no longer runs as root.
> >
> You wouldn't if you properly configure the directory structure.
> If you want a shared config.xml, put it in /etc/mythtv/config.xml.
> Then, in the HOME directory of the user who runs MythTV (I'll call this
> user "mythtv"), you can have a ~/.mythtv directory and symlink the
> "system" config.xml to that directory.  Since the mythtv user has
> permission to write to ~mythtv/.mythtv, it can create directories and
> files for themes/*.
> Or, you can actually have the /etc/mythtv directory writable as only
> root, but create the (non-configuration) subdirectories (such as themes,
> themecache, remotecache, thumbcache, tmp, channels, and a directory for
> each of the plugins that requires a directory in ~/.mythtv/) with
> permissions that allow the mythtv user to write to them.
> IMHO, sinice the only true configuration in ~/.mythtv directory is the
> config.xml, the first approach is much cleaner.

The OP was talking about mythbackend running non-root and as a service.
I.e. No user home folder and no write access to /etc

All of your post is therefore  unsuitable for that task.

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