[mythtv-users] OT: Nice desktop menu for HTPC.

Jon Bishop jon.the.wise.gdrive at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 07:32:46 UTC 2009

On Feb 26, 2009, at 4:50 PM, covert covert wrote:

>> I have to use a mouse. I just did this initially because we have an
>> SDTV and it was very difficult to read anything in the menus, etc.,
>> and I wanted it to be easy for my wife to be able to restart stuff if
>> something crashed or mythtv wasn't running for some reason.
> Much the same situation as mine. I dealt with the FE crashing by
> running a cron job that checks if it running every minute.
> * * * * * pidof  mythfrontend.real 2>&1 > /dev/null || ( export
> DISPLAY=":0.0" && mythfrontend -logfile
> /var/log/mythtv/mythfrontend.log 2>&1 > /dev/null & )
> Looking to add more applications now. I will also try using XBMC as
> the main launcher since it has a application menu. Tried a few
> launchers and none of them seem to allow keyboard only input.

Another option is to use irexec, and just use remote buttons to launch  
specified apps. I have the power button functionality from  
wilsonet.com set up this way, so it's easy to start/kill myth. It  
would be easy to use it to start/kill any other app too.


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