[mythtv-users] The real basics...
kuphal at dls.net
Mon Nov 29 22:32:57 UTC 2004
Bill Sutton wrote:
>I'm just embarking on this journey you all call MythTV. I guess by now it has turned into morbid curiosity. Oh well, enough with the small talk.
>1. Where can I go to get some basic definitions like: What is a frontend (I think it is the User Interface part), What is a backend, etc. Perhaps if I am so ignorant to ask these questions I shouldn't try.
One of these days I'll add this to the wiki at mythtv.info but,
Frontend - The user interface process for the TV watching as well as
where the modules such as MythMusic, MythVideo and others run
Backend - The process that operates the tuners/capture cards and runs
other processes like commercial detection, transcoding, etc.
You can have multiple of each if you want. There is a MySQL database
involved as well. Most people seem to start with a single machine that
runs the frontend, backend, and database processes as well as storing
the actual video files. As you get more comfortable you may move up to
a separate frontend machine and backend machine for noise or performance
reasons. And as you get even more comfortable you will come to see you
can have frontends all over your house and multiple backends with
multiple tuners in them as well as a separate file server for storage
and a database server for the databse. The possibilities are endless.
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