[mythtv-users] Run multiple Myth apps on single box?

Chris Lynch tsw at one.net
Tue Sep 14 15:47:48 EDT 2004

Agreed - it would be ideal to be able to do it all on one front end as you
can do in Xbox Media Center (my soon to be previous media manager).  In this
particular case, the MFD code you mentioned would be ideal - or merging
gallery and music together into one app.

Is it pretty heavy to run multiple front ends (this is one a Celeron 1.2
with about 400 megs of RAM)?  From what I can tell it'd be easy to remove
certain menu items from one front end?  Appreciate the ideas!



-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Joseph A. Caputo
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 8:37 AM
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Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Run multiple Myth apps on single box?

On Tuesday 14 September 2004 10:39, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 09:24:33AM -0400, Joseph A. Caputo wrote:
> > From: "Joseph A. Caputo" <jcaputo1 at comcast.net>
> >
> > On Tuesday 14 September 2004 01:07, Chris Lynch wrote:
> > > I just got MythTV up and running, and I'm excited as I'm a 
> > > complete Linux newbie and it's working (fingers crossed).  One 
> > > question I had is whether or not it's possible to do "multiple"
> > > front end things at one time.  As an example:
> > >
> > > -  Browse a photo slideshow in the gallery while playing music
> > > -  Rip a DVD while watching Live TV or a playing a song
> > >
> > > That kind of an idea - today, when I hit ESC on my keyboard or 
> > > Back/Exit on my remote it seems to stop the current process.  Is 
> > > there a more elegant binding to use to "move" around.  A quick 
> > > search didn't really give me answer on the archives, but I may 
> > > have missed it.  Also, if this is possible, what's the config to 
> > > enable it?
> >
> > This is a much-requested feature, but the short answer is a 
> > qualified "no".  I'll explain.
> Well, perhaps it's not quite that bad.
> You can in fact have multiple mythfrontend's running, my sister does 
> it all the time.  The only constraint is that Bad Things Will Happen 
> if more than one of them tries to sieze a) audio or b) Xv -- which 
> means that as long as you don't try to *play media* from more than one 
> at the same time, you're OK.  I was hoping for a commandline option to 
> specify the theme -- in this situation, having them visually 
> distinguishable is handy ("oh: I manage files on the grey one, but I 
> play them on the blue one").
> Given that restriction (and others you might find along the way), 
> yeah, you can run more than one frontend at the same time.
> If you've wrapped yours in a script, as we have, to point the log 
> output somewhere useful, note that they'll probably interleave, which 
> might be messy...

The subject line is misleading... I believe the OP's point was that he would
like to be able to access multiple features/plugins within a single instance
of mythfrontend without having to terminate any currently playing media.
Running multiple concurrent instances of mythfrontend on the same
display/audio hardware is not the recommended solution, even though, as
you've pointed out, it's technically feasible for certain limited uses.

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