[mythtv-users] Avoiding hard disk full messages

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Fri Dec 17 03:59:29 UTC 2010

  On 12/16/2010 09:46 PM, Brent Bolin wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>>   On 12/16/2010 02:03 PM, The GUIGuy wrote:
>>> No, they were warnings and I was prevented from performing an update
>>> that needed 17MB of free space.
>>> I subsequently found a couple of files in /var that I could delete.
>>> I notice /var/mythtv/recordings has a couple of thousand files in it,
>>> amounting to about 1.6T, yet the recording list in mythtv is empty. I would
>>> have thought the mythtv housekeeping would be more timely?
>> Housekeeping does not involve deleting files that aren't in the database.
>>   Believe it or not, MythTV will not delete files that aren't its own.  :)
>> Likely you need to see:
>> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Frequently_Asked_Questions#Why_aren.27t_my_new_recordings_showing_up_in_Watch_Recordings.3F
>> and if that's not the problem, you should run:
>> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/find_orphans.py
>> to verify that the files are not associated with any database metadata.  If
>> they're truly orphaned video files, you can then delete them with rm (which
>> is easy to do by taking the output of find_orphans.py, putting it in an
>> editor and using search/replace to change the list of orphaned video files
>> (and snapshots) to
>> rm /srv/mounts/twotb_1/video/2054_20080225110000.mpg
>> rm /srv/mounts/myth0_1/video/4122_20101013113500.mpg.png
>> etc
> How do you run this script?
> root at myth:/home/mythtv# ./find.orphans.py
> from: can't read /var/mail/MythTV
> from: can't read /var/mail/socket
> Can this be run from a putty connection?

You'll need a proper environment (HOME specified such that a good 
$HOME/.mythtv/config.xml exists) and a 0.24+ MythTV with Python bindings.


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