[mythtv-users] help control mythtv via telnet

Steve Peters - Priority Electronics steve at priorityelectronics.com
Wed Jan 23 00:06:12 UTC 2008

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[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Paul Bender
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 3:47 PM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] help control mythtv via telnet

Steve Peters - Priority Electronics wrote:
> Hello all, i have this idea to control my mythtv frontend over telnet. 
> I want to have different bash files that can be run that execute a 
> telnet command...i just don't know how to do it. I tried this:
> ------------------------------------------
> #!/bin/bash
> telnet mythtv-frontend 6546
> jump mythgallery
> exit
> exit 0
> ------------------------------------------
> The idea with that above script is that it just changes my mythfrontend 
> to open the gallery then exit telnet and then exit the script...it 
> didn't work. Anyone use scripts of any sort to do only a particular 
> function? I want to run these scripts and have them just work, and just 
> do one thing, like live tv, volume up, mute, gallery, channel 34, etc 
> etc etc.
> -Thanks

I do some minimal control in one of my MiniMyth scripts using the telnet 
interface. Here is the snippet.

nc localhost 6546 > /dev/null 2>&1 << EOF
jump mainmenu

For your example, I think something like the following would work

nc mythtv-frontend 6546 > /dev/null 2>&1 << EOF
jump mythgallery
exit 0
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Paul, you're a work of genius.

That worked perfectly.

Thanks for the quick help

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