[mythtv-users] mythbackend randomly stopping, where to look first?

jk90090 jk90090 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 21:26:12 UTC 2009

Glen Hawksworth wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am have a problem where at seemingly random times mythbackend stops. 
> I believe it is still able to record TV because I don't seem to be 
> missing any recordings (but it might be crashing just after the 
> recordings finish) but it prevents connecting frontends to it until I 
> restart the service (eg. sudo /etc/init.d/mythtv-backend restart).
> When I do restart the service in terminal I get the message...
> * Restarting MythTV server: mythbackend
> No /usr/bin/mythbackend found running; none killed
> [ OK ]
> ...any further than that I am not sure where to look.
> Where do you suggest I look first?
> Thanks,
> Glen
Anything suspect in /var/log/mythtv/mythbackend.log or /var/log/messages 
around the suspected crash (I assume it's a crash) time?

If all else fails, you can turn up logging to debug level (On my gentoo 
system, in /etc/conf.d/mythbackend , set MYTH_VERBOSE="all" ) so you can 
see where the crash is occurring.  Warning, this WILL generate a large 
amount of messages, so I'd routinely do a "> 
/var/log/mythtv/mythbackend.log " to clear out the file until the crash 
happens.  Do you have any core files laying around?  I don't know where 
MythBuntu's installation will start MythBackend from, it's /etc/mythtv 
on Gentoo.


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