[mythtv-users] Two frontends on one machine

Steve Daniels steve.p.daniels at googlemail.com
Fri Sep 8 07:03:03 UTC 2006

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> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org [mailto:mythtv-users-
> bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Rett D. Walters
> Sent: 08 September 2006 03:55
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Two frontends on one machine
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>Yes you can provided you use a different X screen.
> >>You'll need to TV adapter though, you can't watch the same channel on
> >>the two screens at the same time
> >>
> >>
> I gave this a shot, and it seems to work with a couple of caveats:
> 1.  The audio from both frontends is mixed through the soundcard
> (should have expected this, is there anyway to split the audio to a
> different card?)

Have you got two soundcards?

> 2.  The resolutions of both mythfrontends is identical - I would need
> them to be different, i think this might be a command line option.

You may want to start the second frontend under a different username.
If you do this you can then have separate ~/.mythtv/mysql.txt which will
allow you to set up a unique identifier which will allow you to configure
the frontends independently as I believe you've currently got them both
running from the same configuration.

> 3.  The remote controls both frontends simultaneously, what one does the
> other does -  this would also need to be separated to be useful

A separate username with it's own home directory will also allow you to use
separate lirc configuration files allowing you to use two remote controls to
control the mythfrontend's independently IIRC. 

> I think there are command line options to specify configuration file
> path as well, so this might fix most of the issues....
> Rett

Hi Rett,

Thinking about it some more, it would probably work just as well if you made
an alternate home directory for the second frontend and change that in a
script that starts up the frontend. This way any permissions may not arise,
though I can't think of any off hand.

I think you should do some in depth searching of the archives because IIRC
this has been discussed many times in some detail.


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so can't be of much help at the moment I'm afraid.

Good luck!

Please post back any success stories!

Steve Daniels

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