[mythtv-users] Multiple Frontends / Backends

John Goerzen jgoerzen at complete.org
Thu Jul 1 09:34:49 EDT 2004

On Wed, Jun 30, 2004 at 11:22:48PM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> In testing out this configuration, I found it's pretty easy to be able
> to watch recorded programs.  However, I can't seem to be able to watch
> live TV no matter what; it says all inputs are in use.  Also, the
> program guide data is blank (it says I should run mythfilldatabase, but
> that's already being run on the master server and works there; why
> should I run it here?)

I figured out the problem here.  Somehow, when I reran mythtv-setup on
the master server to change the IP from to its real IP, it
blew away all my input and lineup settings.  Fixed that and could then
watch it.

But I'm still unsure about scenario 2 below -- also, which hard drive
would things be stored on: the master server or the slave server?

> Scenario 2
> ----------
> I have a main MythTV box like before.
> Also, I have a second box with a lower-quality framegrabber.  This box
> is not always on, but when it is, it would be nice to be able to use it
> to record lower-priority programs when conflicts exist.  It could also
> be used for picture-in-picture, etc.
> However, I can't seem to be able to integrate the two schedules.  I
> don't want to have to maintain them on two separate machines.  I want to
> use make the network be seamless.
> So, an overall question: am I missing something here?  Or what is the
> point of the frontend/backend separation if you can't watch live TV or
> schedule things on a remote machine?
> Thanks,
> John

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