[mythtv-users] Mac OS X - Cannot connect to the master backend server

Craig Treleaven ctreleaven at cogeco.ca
Wed Dec 24 02:51:59 UTC 2008

At 5:13 PM -0800 12/23/08, Junk Bin wrote:
>- mySQL running fine - followed directions in the Wiki HowTo for configuring mySQL
>- HDHomeRun appears to be working just fine through the SiliconDust HD GUI
>- configured Myth backend server as best I knew how and was able to determine from the Wiki HowTo
>- set the proper IP in the Backend and Front End General Settings.
>I go to the Frontend server to Watch TV and get the "Cannot connect to the master Backend Server"

It is hard to tell how far you really got.  Were you able to run MythTV-Setup.app?  It connects to the database to configure the tuners in the HDHomerun, do the channel scans, etc.  Did you then run MythFillDatabase.app to load the schedule data?

After that, you need to start the backend (MythBackend.app) and leave it running.  It will show in the Activity Monitor...you can stop it from there, if need be.

Have you gone through sections 9 and 10 of the official instructions at:
http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO.html#toc9 ?

Log files are not created on the Mac, by default.  You can do it be running the programs from the command line (Terminal.app) and specifying the log option.  The executables are buried several folders deep in the .app bundles (a bundle is a special kind of directory on OSX).  For example, I've used the following to start the backend:

/Applications/AudioVisualMusic/Myth/MythBackend.app/Contents/MacOS/MythBackend -d -l /usr/local/wctlog/MythBackend.log -p /private/var/run/mythbackend.pid

Your paths will be different.


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