[mythtv-users] Is there any way to determine what a frontend is doing?

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Sat Dec 4 22:06:31 UTC 2010

On 12/4/2010 16:30, Raymond Wagner wrote:
> On 12/4/2010 16:27, Jim Stichnoth wrote:
>> On Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Tom Flair<tom at graniteskies.net>  wrote:
>>> As the subject reads, is there any way of telling what a remote 
>>> frontend is
>>> doing?   ie, sitting idle,  playing back a video from mythvideo 
>>> (with title
>>> or filename), playing back a recording (title or filename would be 
>>> useful),
>>> idling after launching an external program (ie mame, mplayer, xine, 
>>> hulu,
>>> etc)
>> Assuming you have the network control interface enabled on the frontend:
>> $ nc 6546
>> MythFrontend Network Control
>> Type 'help' for usage information
>> ---------------------------------
>> # query location
>> mainmenu
>> # quit
> There.  Fixed that for you.

In case this needs explanation, telnet uses 7-bit ASCII.  If the 
frontend sends a non-ASCII character, which it _will_ do if you are 
currently watching a show with one in its title or subtitle, the telnet 
client will interpret it incorrectly as a control code, resulting in 
unpredictable failures.

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