[mythtv-users] Backend Watchdog??

Brian May brian at bmay.org
Mon Jan 22 23:08:03 UTC 2007

> Dave Ansell wrote:
>> Hi,
>>      I'm a dedicated myth fan for nearly two years now.
>>      My backend system has had several incarnations from Fc3 to Fc6 on
>> two
>> different hardware platforms.
>>     My only issue is that the backend service occasionally dies for no
>> aparent reason.  This has been the case in every incarnation to date,
>> whatever I try.   It doesnt happen often, but enought to be annoying and
>> reduce WAF etc.
>>     I guess this behaviour is to be expected with any developing
>> software.
>> However it strikes me that it would be relatively simple to set up an
>> independant process to monitor the status of the backend and kick it
>> back
>> into life automatically if it dies.   (ie what I do now manually!)
>>     I fully accept that the answer to how to do this may be trivial, but
>> I
>> am light on linux skills so if someone could help me out I would be very
>> gratefull!
> Many will chime in with scripts but one thing to keep in mind is that
> this is your opportunity to contribute to the development.  Compile your
> setup with debugging symbols per the documentation on mythtv.org and
> capture a backtrace of this crash and you may be able to identify a bug
> that can be fixed so you never have to watchdog

And to answer your question, monit is a very awesome tool for a watchdog.

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