[mythtv-users] Question re: multiple backends & where recordings are stored

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Aug 3 02:31:57 UTC 2006

On 08/02/2006 07:29 PM, Robin Gilks wrote:

>>1.) When the combo backend/frontend records a show, where is that stored?

In the "Directory to hold recordings" you've specified in mythtv-setup 
for that backend.

>>2.) When the frontend-only wants to watch the show recorded in question
>>does it stream the show from the master backend, or from the combo
>>frontend/backend?  (I assume the show is stored on the combo box, and
>>therefore streamed from the combo box).
>>Unfortunately, the combo frontend/backend isn't a beefy machine and I have
>>concerns if it is going to be doing 3 things at once (streaming between
>>frontend and master backend, playback, and recording).

If the show is available on the filesystem, it's played through the 
filesystem (whether that filesystem is local or a network filesystem).  
If it's not available on the filesystem, it's streamed by the backend 
that does have access to it via the filesystem (i.e. the backend that 
recorded it).

>>3.) If I take the combo machine's /myth dir and NFS mount it to the master
>>backend, does that change the answer to question #2?  Would anything else
>>change the answer to #2 (short of moving the PVR-150 to the master
>Although there are patches about to split storage across multiple

That's supported out of the box.  Just specify a different location for 
the recordings directory when running mythtv-setup on the different 

> the preferred method is to NFS (or CIFS/SMB) mount all backends
>to a common path.

I'm not sure I'd say that's "preferred."  Both approaches have their 
advantages and disadvantages.


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