[mythtv-users] bttv, anything locks backend -> zombie on attempted restart of backend
sune at molgaard.org
Fri Jul 11 12:29:16 UTC 2008
As the subject hints at, any attempts to use mythtv for anything
including accessing the bttv card results in the backend hanging.
Attempting to restart the backend fails - more specifically, it refuses
to die, but remains as a "zombie" process.
Various attempts to fix were made, even including fresh install with
I am a bit vary about replicating the bug too often, since the zombie
process prevents unmounting of the partition to which I would like to
store the recordings, resulting in fsck'ing on reboot. Therefore, I
would like to know how to maximise usable output.
Backend log with no special options only have 2 suspicious entries:
strange error flushing buffer ...
ioctl VIDIOC_G_FMT: Invalid argument
The documentation says to ignore the former, and as AFAICT from the
source, the latter is expected for bttv...
The current kernel is rt2x00.git 2.6.25-rc9, which will be upgraded to a
2.6.26-rc rt2x00.git kernel as soon as I can get it to work with my wifi
card. In the event that the latest of those kernels actually allows me
to boot into a usable system, I will naturally check if it resolves the
Any ideas and suggestions are welcome :-)
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