[mythtv-users] Two part-time backends? MythVideo standalone?

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Mon Jan 8 16:39:49 UTC 2007

On 1/7/07, jonny Linux <jonnylinux at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a MythTV 0.20 backend/frontend running on a server in my bedroom,
> containing 3 DVB-T cards (in the UK). Downstairs I have a dedicated frontend
> connected to the TV. Because the backend is in my bedroom, I usually turn it
> off at night, and often when I go out. When the backend is on, my Dad likes
> to use MythVideo to watch videos (and listen to music) stored on his Windows
> computer over samba, and on DVD (using the drive in the frontendl). When I
> don't have the backend turned on, he can't do this because MythFrontend
> won't load if it can't connect to the backend.
> What is the best solution here? I was thinking of installing the backend
> onto the downstairs computer making it a slave backend - but would that
> still require my master backend (upstairs) to be on all the time?
> Alternatively, is there anyway of making MythVideo/MythMusic/Play DVD run
> standalone?

You'll want your Master Backend to be the computer you are willing to
leave on all the time. For most people this is the one with the tuners
and recordings drive so that it is always ready to record and so any
slave frontends always have access to the recordings. Any other
computers you have with tuners available for recording should run as a
Slave Backend.

I'm not quite clear on the issue with the Myth plugins. Each frontend
has its own settings for these plugins and does not require the
backend for anything more than the db. You would just need them to
point to the media resources you want them to have access to.

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