[mythtv-users] gentoo VDPAU ported ebuilds or alternatives?

John Drescher drescherjm at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 12:55:27 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 2:50 AM,
sonofzev at iinet.net.au<sonofzev at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> Hi All
> I've had a system running on Gentoo for a while, but in an effort to consolidate
> power usage I am moving my backend to my general home
> file-server/firewall/router. Let me know if this is a bad idea first....
> I have VDPAU capable cards for my two frontends, but have been waiting patiently
> for the 0.22 release of MythTV.
> I am not the most patient person so I was wondering about a few alternatives to
> make use of VDPAU on my frontend machines.
> 1. Running Gentoo on my backend with the most current 0.21 ebuild. . Using a
> custom ebuild for the patched version (either making my own or using this one
> http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-731657-highlight-vdpau+mythtv.html)
> 2. Running Gentoo on my backend with the most current 0.21 ebuild, but using
> mythbuntu (or ubuntu normal) with Jean's patched versions of 0.21.
> 3. Any other alternatives that people might suggest.
> Lastly, I could always keep waiting for 0.22 and for it to make it into portage..
> if people think that it is getting close (say within 6 months) as my frontend
> systems are powerful enough to do fairly good de-interlacing.
> cheers

I have the patches in my gentoo overlay.


I am currently using this on my frontend and it works great.

jmd0 ~ # equery l mythtv
[ Searching for package 'mythtv' in all categories among: ]
 * installed packages
[I--] [  ] media-tv/mythtv-0.21_p20549 (0)
[I--] [  ] x11-themes/mythtv-themes-0.21_p20507 (0)

jmd0 ~ # equery uses mythtv
[ Searching for packages matching mythtv... ]
[ Colour Code : set unset ]
[ Legend : Left column  (U) - USE flags from make.conf              ]
[        : Right column (I) - USE flags packages was installed with ]
[ Found these USE variables for media-tv/mythtv-0.21_p20549 ]
 U I
 + + aac                : Enables support for MPEG-4 AAC Audio
 + + alsa               : Adds support for media-libs/alsa-lib
(Advanced Linux Sound Architecture)
 - - altivec            : Adds support for optimizations for G4 and
G5/ppc970 processors
 - - autostart          : Uses a custom autostart configuration
gleened from expierence with MythTV since it's early versions and
discussed with other MythTV maintainers and users. Does not rely on
KDE being installed like most methods do.
 - - debug              : Enable extra debug codepaths, like asserts
and extra output. If you want to get meaningful backtraces see
 - - directv            : Installs the DirecTV channel changing script
so that you can configure MythTV to use it to change the channels on
your DirecTV box.
 + + dvb                : Adds support for DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting)
 + + dvd                : Adds support for DVDs
 + + fftw               : Use FFTW library for computing Fourier transforms
 + + ieee1394           : Enable FireWire/iLink IEEE1394 support (dv,
camera, ...)
 - - jack               : Adds support for the JACK Audio Connection Kit
 - - lcd                : Tells MythTV that you have an instance of
app-misc/lcdproc configured on your machine and it should output
information such as current time, show name, episode name, etc to that
 - - lirc               : Adds support for lirc (Linux's Infra-Red
Remote Control)
 + + mmx                : Adds support for optimizations for Pentium
MMX and Athlon class processors
 + + opengl             : Adds support for OpenGL (3D graphics)
 + + perl               : Adds support/bindings for the Perl language
 + + python             : Adds support/bindings for the Python language
 + + vdpau              : <unknown>
 + + video_cards_nvidia : VIDEO_CARDS setting to build driver for
nvidia video cards
 + + xvmc               : Instructs MythTV to use XvMC for it's video
output. By default, this will use the generic XvMC wrapper unless a
specific video card driver is enabled via their VIDEO_CARDS USE flags.

Installation instructions for my overlay are in the wiki:


then install media-tv/mythtv-0.21_p20549 and also any of its plugins.


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