[mythtv-users] Successful upgrades

Dan dansto.well+myth at gmail.com
Sat Nov 28 22:28:19 UTC 2009

2009/11/9 Richard Morton <richard.e.morton at gmail.com>:
> Hi There,
> I am looking for reports of successful upgrades from Mythbunutu 9.04
> to Mythbuntu 9.10. There have been a few posts where people have been
> having problems and many reports of nice installs where the install
> was fresh. So... I am looking to upgrade - now F1 season is over...
> but the WAF wont allow for an outage due to X-Factor.... doh...
> really!
> So I am looking for a few reports of successful upgrades with
> mythbuntu; a list of known issues and an indication of the time I
> should allow for the upgrade (duration of expected outage).
> We have a: Asus P5Q with Q6600
> Asus NVidia 8500gt 1gb using svideo output
> 4gb ram
> Nova-T 500
> OS HD 40GB
> Media HD 1.5tb EXT3 mounted on /var/lib/mythtv
> using MythWeb, MythMusic, MythVideo
> runs samba, monit and a few other services.
> mythtvfs
> Unfortunately I dont have enough equipment to build a dev box - I am
> however considering installing a fresh OS HD.
> secondary remote frontend SP13000 using xvmc 512mb, booted off a USB
> running 9.10 running myth0.21
> This is not a slight at the devs and package creators; I am sure that
> there are many successful upgrades but I just want reassurance and a
> bit of an idea regarding duration.
> Really looking forward to trying out 0.22
> Thanks
> Rich

Your caution is definitely wise. I waited a couple of weeks and then
went for it. It was originally a fresh mythbuntu 9.04, Nova-T 500
tuner. Upgrade to mythbuntu 9.10 (i.e. includes mythtv 0.21=>0.22)
went extremely smoothly. It was a pretty clean system in the first
place but still, there were quite a lot of users who seemed to have
quirks with their upgrade so I was prepared for worse :) A couple of
points of note:

 * Mythfrontend when idle uses a lot more cpu in 0.22. it's a known
phenomenon, and no-one ever said that it wouldn't use more cpu (!) but
it's worth being aware of (likely to be better in 0.23). See the long
email thread about cpu usage if that's important to you.
 * The default theme seems to have changed, and whatever theme it was
before (i never changed it from the default) seems to have gone. There
are some really nice polished-looking ones now. The 'mythbuntu' one is
great IMO.
 * My remote control stopped working, simply because the file that
describes it had moved from
/usr/share/lirc/remotes/hauppauge/lircd.conf.hauppauge_novat500 to
- so I had to edit /etc/lirc/lircd.conf and update the path. Some
buttons also needed updating so I had to tweak my ~/.lircd/mythtv file
a little bit.

Remember to back up your db before upgrading, that's really important
but some people seem not to bother, and then if it goes wrong they're
stuffed (ish).


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