[mythtv-users] Bad advice from Mythfrontend -- running with SUID

Michael J. Lynch mlynch at gcom.com
Mon Oct 25 12:29:19 UTC 2004

Try "chmod a+x /usr/bin/mythfrontend".  Note -- replace "u" with "a".  
Works fine for me.

Joe Barnhart wrote:

>Not because its a security hole.  Because it hangs my
>system every time I try to get it working!  It's so
>vexing!!  Is this a general problem, or only a
>KnoppMyth thing?
>I use the command: 
>chmod u+s /usr/bin/mythfrontend
>Reboot the system (or just restart gdm, it makes no
>difference), try to play an already recorded show and
>instant Linux freeze.  No log messages, no
>ctl-alt-backspace, no ssh -- nothing but the big
>button will bring it back.
>Why does mythfrontend keep taunting me with promises
>of smoother playback when all it does is freeze the
>In desperation, I even tried using visudo to add
>/usr/bin/mythfrontend to sudo's mythtv list and it had
>no effect at all.  At least it didn't freeze, but it
>doesn't run with SUID privilege either.
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Michael J. Lynch

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