[mythtv-users] Gentoo n00b needing advice!

Raphael Pooser rpooser at gmail.com
Thu Dec 1 10:12:06 EST 2005

Paul V. Gratz wrote:

>On Wednesday 30 November 2005 08:25 pm, stephen wrote:
>>>Yup - that's what I'm running.  Now if I can only figure out how to
>>>get it to auto-login and startx automatically.
>>I'm using evilwm for a window manager on gentoo, and used some info from
>>this site to get the autologin working:
>>There's probably an easier way, but this worked great for me.
>A simpler, yet arguably slightly more bloated route is to install gdm
>and use its menu system to setup autologin for a particular account.
>I did this with fluxbox as that account's window manager.  Then I
>setup fluxbox to launch mythfrontend and everything is set.  Sure
>there is some gtk and etc bloat but for a noob its much easier to
>setup than messing with arcane stuff like inittab .xsession or
>.xinitrc.  Plus, IMHO its less brittle than scriptifying it.  
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If autologon is your problem, then I guess you need a 'dm, but I think 
even xdm will do.
But if you just want to run mythtv after logging on, you don't need any 
window manager at all.
Just put "mythfrontend &" in your .xinitrc and whatever options you want 
before that and mythfrontend runs without any window manager.  Then you 
have no memory footprint if you're worried about that kind of thing.  
With 512MB of RAM myth will do pretty much anything you ever wanted it 
to along with running gnome without a swap so I don't see why memory 
footprint would be much of a problem though.  Start up time for KDE is 
pretty long, but for something like gnome it's a couple of seconds max.
I have it set up to use gdm and then autologon, start gnome, and 
autostart mythfrontend after a few other things, but I have an 
alternative setup where no gdm or anything starts, I log in and hit 
startx and mythfrontend appears after 1 second.
I don't know a lot about the autologging on and off in linux but a long 
time ago it seems I saw something that will autolog you on without a 
'dm.  If that's so, there are other ways to autostart x then like 
putting it in the rc for your shell I believe.

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