[mythtv-users] Confusion about mythfilldatabase running automatically

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Tue Oct 2 18:34:29 UTC 2007

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
> James Le Cuirot wrote:
>> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Mythfilldatabase
>> This wiki page says that mythfilldatabase is "normally" run
>> automatically by mythbackend every 24 hours. However, the configuration
>> page for running it automatically is located in mythfrontend rather than
>> mythtv-setup. So which is it? Possibly both? My box isn't dedicated to
>> MythTV so I don't run mythfrontend all the time.
> Yeah, I've been a bit confused about that myself. I've mostly had
> mythfilldatabase run as a cron job. The Ubuntu mythtv-backend package
> provides this out of the box. I assume that's what the Wiki is referring
> to, but I think it's incorrect in stating that mythbackend runs it every
> 24 hours.
This mode of operation appears to be specific to Ubuntu & derivatives. As far as 
I can tell, most other distributions run it as the designers intended, which is 
as invoked by the master backend at an appropriate time for the data collection 
method used in the operator's country.

Mike Perkins

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