[mythtv-users] defunct mythfrontend children processes

Johnny Walker johnnyjboss at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 20:33:46 UTC 2009

I had discounted that answer since when i read the open ticket it
appeared the patch didn't work for Bill Meek when he applied it 11
days ago.

I suppose I'll go apply the patch too...

On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 2:25 PM, Michael T. Dean
<mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> On 11/18/2009 03:18 PM, Johnny Walker wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 2:13 PM, hERB wrote:
>>> On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 8:05 PM, Mark Greenwood wrote:
>>>> On Tuesday 17 Nov 2009 20:22:04 Seth Daniel wrote:
>>>>> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 10:31:07AM -0500, Johnny wrote:
>>>>>> While looking into another problem I have noticed that I usually have
>>>>>> from 1 to 3 defunct mythfrontend processes running. They are listed as
>>>>>> children of the active mythfrontend process. I never noticed this
>>>>>> before in the past. The defunct children are there immediately after
>>>>>> mythfrontend starts. I have only seen it since I upgraded to Ubuntu
>>>>>> 9.10 and mythtv .22. Is anybody else seeing this? Is this a bug of
>>>>>> some sort? Or is this normal and of no concern?
>>>>> I believe it has to do with MythWeather.  MythWeather launches a number
>>>>> of scripts at the startup of the frontend that query whatever weather
>>>>> site it queries.  As best I can tell when those scripts end the process
>>>>> that was spawned to run that script is not cleaned up (i.e. wait()ed
>>>>> for).
>>>>> Are all people reporting this running MythWeather?
>>>>> I'm not a Myth dev, but this doesn't seem like a big issue to me (I'm
>>>>> not
>>>>> advocating that it go unresolved).
>>>> Yes I'm running Mythweather altough I didn't actually realise it.. must
>>>> have clicked something by accident :) I'll remove it and report back if
>>>> the
>>>> problem persists.
>>>> I think zombie processes are always a big issue.
>>> Another "me too", with no MythWeather and no MythWelcome.
>>> Are people using LiveTV? I think I was able to create a zombie by
>>> entering
>>> Watch TV when tuner(s) were in use, or certain other tuner conditions,
>>> but I
>>> would have to check when I am home...
>> My 3 zombie pids appear wihout me actually doing anything. It's
>> immediately after boot.
> You know, Paul wasn't lying when he told you it's a) a known issue and b)
> due to problems with the media monitor code, as discussed in
>  http://svn.mythtv.org/trac/ticket/7135 .
> We don't have a fix for it, yet.  If you're interested in fixing it, please
> read that ticket so you're not wasting time looking at MythWeather.  :)
> Mike
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