[mythtv-users] Using Myth w/o X running on TV-out

Indulis Bernsteins indulis.b at au1.ibm.com
Tue Jun 13 05:30:55 UTC 2006

It is not possible to use mythtv *without* X, as this is what drives the 

However, it *is* possible to run 2 separate X sessions on the one video 
card (am doing this on ATI video card on a laptop, also on an Nvidia card 
on my server).

One X session runs mythtv out of the TV port on the graphics card, the 
other X session runs the CRT as normal.  I can currently slide my mouse to 
the TV screen, click to focus on Mythtv, control mythtv, and slide it back 
to my normal Gnome X session, and continue to work as normal, whil mythtv 

It should be possible to run mythtv via the IR and never have to slide the 
mouse onto the TV screen.  I'll know in a week or so as I make my IR work.

I have also made mythtv start automatically when X starts.  Just add a 
file to /etc/X11/Xsession.d which starts mythfrontend in background, 
pointed to the 2nd screen (set DISPLAY=:0.1).  My file is called 
s95mythfrontend.  Anyway, I'll put something into the WIKI about this.  It 
seems to work OK for me (just got it working this morning).


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