[mythtv-users] multi user support and access rights for myth

Brad Templeton brad+myth at templetons.com
Sun Dec 19 21:06:43 UTC 2004

On Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 04:31:04PM +0100, Ralf Haller wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to give a friend who moves into the apartment next door access to 
> my mythtv network. To avoid trouble and confusion we need some sort of 
> multi user access and access rights to myth. I am using the web 
> interface too.
> What I think of is:
> 1. Only registered users are allowed
> 2. Only user who scheduled a recording can change or delete the schedule
> 3. Only user who recorded a show can delete it
> 4. Quotas for different users
> Any ideas how to achieve that?

Pull out your text editor and start writing code.  There's actually much
more you could do with user stuff, espcially in families, controlling
things for kids so they can't watch daddy's porn, etc.  (Or so mom can't.)

There is a guy up in Ontario who apparently has a neighbourhood PVR system
going, with lots of tuners in the basement and all the neighbours giving
up their cable and just connecting to him as both their ISP and video
provider.  But it's probably a trust situation.  Today, chances are
people will rely on trust rather than coding up that.

>From what I know, it doesn't seem impossible.  A few extra fields in the
database to record who did something.  Mysql has a complex user permissions
system which you would need to use if you want actual security rather
than pretend security.   You might want to do different tables for each
user, and have the system do joins of the tables to see the global view.

Seems like a big job, a lot simpler just to give him his own mythtv!

And, sadly, doing this is probably illegal in the USA, making copies of
shows for a 3rd party.  Sigh.

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