[mythtv-users] remote frontend on a Mac

lee lee at yun.yagibdah.de
Thu Dec 17 11:52:43 UTC 2009

On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 08:34:46PM +1100, Christopher Kerr wrote:
> >> All recordings are shared within a single MythTV setup (which encompasses all frontends and backends tied to the same master backend). MythTV doesn't have a concept of "users" really.
> >>
> >
> > That sucks, and it's totally ridiculous. How do I prevent another user
> > from removing my recordings or from preventing me from recording
> > something because he's trying to record something else at the same
> > time?
> MythTV is designed to have multiple frontends - that's why it has a
> client-server architecture.

Multiple frontends involve multiple users.

> But I don't understand your insistence that one user should rule - if
> "another user" prevents you from recording something because he has
> scheduled something, why is it that you are right and he is wrong? If
> it becomes a real problem, get another tuner.

... and an electrician to run more cables to connect the tuners to
... maybe a second backend because you can't fit any more cards into
the backend, perhaps more satellite dishes --- and so on.

Why shouldn't each user have control over his recordings?

> As for having someone else remove "your" recordings - I find a
> low-tech solution, like talking to the people in your household,
> works quite well.

You can do that anyway, but having multiple users would make things a
lot easier. It would also prevent users from messing with each others
recordings accidentially. The frontend doesn't even warn you when you
set something to record when it prevents something else from being
recorded which was set up earlier.

> Having loads of storage so it's weeks or months before it's an issue
> helps too.

Sure does, but storage costs money, too.

> Basically, the idea is to allow you to access your content on the TV
> upstairs or downstairs, not to pretend you have 2 different PVR's for
> 2 different people.

Lol, who has computers at their TVs? Even with two screens eventually,
side by side to use one as TV and the other for the computer? With two
graphics cards in the computer, or one that can supply two monitors at
a time? Why would anyone want to watch TV while using their computer
on a seperate screen?

Why shouldn't you have one recording system for many users? Multiple
users is what comes with multiple frontends --- even without already,
since several people can use the same computer.

> You can use Recording Groups and filter the Watch Recordings screen to
> make it appear that way - it offers no security, but does allow some
> personalisation of the experience.

That's only confusing. It's already as if each recording gets into its
own group automatically, with no use or need for that. With the
awkwardness of the GUI, it's getting in the way.

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