[mythtv-users] Is "killall mythfrontend" safe?

Jon Boehm boehm100 at comcast.net
Sat Mar 10 20:06:33 UTC 2007

I tried two active mythfrontend instances last night.  They each responded
to my remote commands identically. And so they both tried to play the same
HD program at the same time.   It appears that they each have independent
video and sound and disk activity.  So the result was a echo effect in the
audio and other more annoying artifact from the digital sound mixing and the
video hopped pretty badly.  I came to the conclusion that I could:

A) only have one mythfrontend active at any given time. Thus the need to
cleanly quit one of the frontends before starting the other on the second


B) find a way to lock the unused frontend from responding to my remote. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Sanderson [mailto:larry.sanderson at gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 2:22 PM
To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
Cc: Jon Boehm
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Is "killall mythfrontend" safe?

On Friday 09 March 2007 17:07, Jon Boehm wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a dual display setup (tv, projector).  I'm setting up a script to
> switch between them.  Is it safe to use "killall mythfrontend"? Or is
> a better way that does not involve seeing the other screen?

The way I chose to go (probably not common) is to set up each display device

as a separate X screen.  (see: 

The plan is to have 2 instances of myth f/e running - one on each display - 
and just turn on the one that I am using.  I have not actually tested this 
yet, but it sounded promising to me :-)

Speaking of which, is there any reason why 2 instances of the frontend can't

run on one system?

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