[mythtv-users] Disk utilization on slave backend questions

Alex Brekken brekkal at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 16:15:06 EDT 2005

Hey all, I'm currently running a combo frontend/backend machine which
has a 200 GB hard drive, and one PVR-250 tuner card.  I'd like to add
a slave backend which would also have a PVR-250 tuner card and a 160
GB drive.

I feel like I have an OK understanding of how a distributed Myth
system will work, but I'm a little confused about the best way to
configure the drives.

Does it make sense to put the 160 GB drive in the slave backend?  I
assume that whatever recording is done on the slave, whether it's live
TV or just a standard recording, will get written to that local drive.
 So therefore, if the slave is down for any reason, then I obviously
won't be able to watch whatever shows were recorded on it. 
Additionally, can the master backend/frontend machine just "see" the
160G drive on the slave?  Or do I need to set up an NFS or

On the other hand, if I put the 160G drive on the combo
frontend/backend box (along-side the 200G drive), then any recording
the slave does has to be pushed across the network to the combo
machine.  Is this a big deal?

I guess I'm mainly wondering what other Myth users feel is the best
way to set this up as far as disk usage is concerned.  Thanks!

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