[mythtv-users] mythbackend pid

Matthew McClement mythtv at macker.co.uk
Sun Jul 1 20:37:24 UTC 2007

A JM wrote:
> Are there any other suggestions for a similar setup?

Well, the most simplistic, non-elegant way is to create a simple script 
that runs from cron every minute and checks to see if myth is running, e.g.:
PROCESS=`ps aux | grep \/usr\/bin\/mythbackend | grep -v grep`
if [ "$PROCESS" = "" ]; then
     /etc/init.d/mythbackend restart
     echo "$DATE restarted mythbackend" >> /var/log/backend-restart.log
Name the script appropriately(and change the ..usr.. bit to match the 
path to your copy of mythbackend) and then add a cron entry with "* * * 
* *" and the path to the script. The log line isn't needed but it does 
allow you to keep track of how often it decides to restart itself. The 
only problem with this approach is that the restart granularity is 1 
minute, so you could potentially lose up to 60 seconds of a recording.


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