[mythtv-users] Any way to quickly switch between backends? (Or no password for frontends on backend?)

Johnny Walker johnnyjboss at gmail.com
Tue Jun 22 15:58:13 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 7:41 PM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:
> I installed a combined FE/BE on a laptop today that I plan to do some
> testing with. I brought it home and pointed it to my existing backend
> but it's a bit tedious to enter the info, find the password in
> mysql.txt, enter that info, and then do it all over again when I want
> to switch back to the 'test' backend. I was wondering if there's a
> quick and easy way to cycle through backends, or if I can set up my
> backend to allow all myth clients without a password. I understand it
> may be a security risk since frontends have RW on the mysql database
> but I'm ok with the risk at my house.
> I seem to remember setting up SniderPad Mac front ends and them
> connecting to my backend automatically, but I have no idea how that
> happened.
> Now that I think about it I suppose I could switch between
> config.xml's in my home directory... I think I'd rather do it through
> the MythTV interface, if that's possible. Thanks in advance.
> _______________________________________________

If you run 'mythfrontend --help' you can see some handy options.

One of them is thus:

Environment Variables:
$MYTHTVDIR                     Set the installation prefix
$MYTHCONFDIR                   Set the config dir (instead of ~/.mythtv)

So you can write an alias to wrap your call to start mythfrontend in
that sets a different location for the config file. This would allow
you to have multiple configurations and switch between them easily.


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