[mythtv-users] * Please help -- can't schedule recordings (but can record with R, can view guide)

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Fri Jan 18 23:09:57 UTC 2008

R. G. Newbury wrote:
>> I don't know what 'owns' is supposed to mean in this context, but the 
>> scheduling thread is spawned by mythbackend and runs under whatever user 
>> the backend is running. 
> No it does not. My backend runs as 'root' which causes problems it the 
> frontend is started as user 'mythtv' and the backend crashes: the user 
> (my wife!) cannot restart the backend as 'service mythbackend restart' 
> requires root privilege.
> So the system runs as root.
Nope. The various daemons (services) can run under any user the system 
administrator/system builder desires. It's just that, because the system itself 
starts the daemons, you therefore need root to run 'service mythbackend restart' 
(i.e. the 'service' command).

In fact I got round that myself during testing by making an entry in the 
/etc/sudoers file. I can now run 'sudo service mythbackend 
[stop|start|whatever]' from my own account as needed (hopefully never).

Mike Perkins

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