[mythtv-users] Automatic startup

Michael Carland mcarland at bitsgonewild.net
Wed Jul 27 23:51:16 EDT 2005

On Jul 27, 2005, at 7:39 PM, Bruce Pennypacker wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have a FC3 box running myth 0.81 on KDE.  I'm now trying to get it 
> to start up automatically on bootup but I'm only having partial luck.  
> I used the init scripts from contrib to start up mythbackend during 
> bootup and that works fine.  I've tried following the directions on 
> Jarod Wilsons site to get FC3 to automatically log in as mythtv and 
> run mythfrontend but that's where I'm having trouble.  I ran gdmsetup 
> and specified that it should automatically log in as mythtv but that 
> didn't work.  Rebooting still leaves me at the login screen. Running 
> gdmsetup a second time shows that it did remember my settings.  I've 
> also tried going into the KDE control center and setting both the 
> option to log in automatically and the option to log in as a specific 
> user after a specified period of time has passed but neither of them 
> work either. Has anybody gotten this successfully working on FC3 with 
> KDE?

If you don't really want to run KDE (if your only using your frontend 
for Myth, you don't need it), there is a solution posted a couple of 
places that has worked very well for me. You edit your /etc/inittab 
file to spawn startx. It even restarts it when X exits. I use the 
following line:

2:345:respawn:/usr/bin/openvt -fwc 2 -- /bin/su - mythtv -c 

The options to openvt are a little different than what were posted, I 
had to mess around with them since the options seem to have changed 
between openvt versions. This replaces the old line in inittab for 
tty2. It basically opens a virtual terminal on tty2, and as the mythtv 
user, calls startx. My mythtv user has a .xinitrc file that starts a 
window manager in the background, and then starts mythfrontend. When 
myth exits (or dies), X stops, the init process notices, and starts it 
up again. If I don't want mythfrontend to run, I can switch to runlevel 


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