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

Jon Boehm boehm100 at comcast.net
Sat Mar 10 20:06:54 UTC 2007

At least in my IR setup focus does not have effect because the lircrc
specifies mythtv as the destination for the command so both frontends will
get the same command regardless which has the focus.


prog = mythtv
button = 3_TV_POWER
repeat = 7
config = Esc

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Sanderson [mailto:larry.sanderson at gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 2:43 PM
To: Jon Boehm
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Is "killall mythfrontend" safe?

Hmmm... I just assumed the front end that had focus would get the commands.
was planning on binding a remote button to the 'alt-tab' sequence to toggle 
the focus.  Oh well.

On Friday 09 March 2007 17:33, Jon Boehm wrote:
> 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
> screen.
> Or
> Bifid a way to lock the unused frontend from responding to my remote.
> Jon
> -----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
> there
> > 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:
> http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Dual_Monitors#Non-TwinView)
> 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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