[mythtv-users] gentoo, latest mythtv - mythfrontend has no text

Jarod Wilson jarod at wilsonet.com
Tue Jun 30 18:52:48 UTC 2009

On Jun 30, 2009, at 2:46 PM, Erik Hovland wrote:

>>> Are you running an nvidia card? are you using nv or nvidia drivers?
>> I have a nvidia card in both computers. The same GeForce 6200. There
>> is a slight version skew between the drivers. This is because of the
>> different CPU architectures. But the drivers are both 180.x.
> I now have the amd64 frontend working again. I am not sure what I  
> did to
> make it work. I did a lot:
> 1. Removed any and all (EE) items from the xorg.conf. Note that dri
>    still tries to load by default in xorg-server 1.5.3-r6. Even with  
> no Load
>    entry in the xorg.conf. Doesn't seem to harm anything.
>    a. Had to comment out several font dirs since 1.5.x doesn't use  
> them and
>        they are empty.
>    b. Had to comment out a few options
> 2. Did an 'emerge -vuDN world' after linting through and removing  
> dri from
>    USE.
>    a. For some reason mytharchive requires that mjpegtools be pegged  
> at
>        less then 1.9.0. But the latest 1.8.x ebuild can't seem to
> build on my system.
>        It fails on the most basic of things (INT_MAX for example). I  
> kludged
>        mytharchive to allow 1.9.0. I DON'T suggest this for other
> people actively
>        using mytharchive.
>    b. This emerge did not pick up mythtv itself or qt 3.3.x.
> 3. Upgraded my kernel from 2.6.25 to 2.6.27 and then to 2.6.29- 
> gentoo-r5.
>    I only checked the config for the necessary nvidia items. I also  
> enabled
>    the new MTRR feature in .29.
>    a. Yes, I did do an 'emerge -v nvidia-drivers' w/ the correct / 
> usr/src/linux
>        symlink in case you are wondering.
> 4. I did an 'emerge -vD =qt=3.3.8-r1 mythtv mytharchive mythvideo \
>   mythmusic mythweather'
> 5. Shortly there after I did a pkill mythfrontend. When init did the  
> mingetty
>   again it worked.
> I did do a pkill or reboot (in the case of the kernel) after every  
> step. But I
> swear I did the pkill after the emerge of qt et al and still got  
> nothing. Then
> I commented out mingetty in /etc/inittab and did a pkill again  
> expecting to
> get the console prompt. But when I went in and turned on my TV there
> was myth.
> If anyone has any opinion about what provided the actual fix please  
> feel
> free to speculate. Especially since I have not replicated this  
> incantation on
> my x86 frontend yet. I plan to do that this evening.
> I know that this is karma for me not submitting any patches to trac in
> a few months. I should start doing that and see if my luck improves.

Just want to drop a quick thank you for reminding me why I don't EVER  
need to try out gentoo again. ;p

Jarod Wilson
jarod at wilsonet.com

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