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

Junk Bin oldjunkbin at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 25 23:27:04 UTC 2008


Thanks for the help.  I looked again (for like the 100th time) at the instructions to which you referred and realized a that I never changed the permissions on the storage directories used by Myth.  Once I did this things worked!!  Amazing what happens when you actually follow the directions.

I seem, however, to have problems with the Myth frontend hanging all the time - which requires a forced quit.  Another thing I noticed is that the Schedules Direct stuff just show a bunch of "unknown" stuff.  I think I need to make some translation between the Schedule Direct channels and the HDHomeRun Channels. 

Again thanks for your help,


From: Craig Treleaven <ctreleaven at cogeco.ca>
To: Discussion about mythtv <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 9:51:59 PM
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Mac OS X - Cannot connect to the master backend server

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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