[mythtv-users] Storage Groups for Videos - does each host have to have mythbackend?

Christopher Kerr mythtv at theseekerr.com
Wed May 12 05:12:35 UTC 2010

On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 3:05 PM, Nick Rout <nick.rout at gmail.com> wrote:
> I currently have random collected video files on three machines. One
> only (media) is the master (and only) backend on my network. The
> others (storage and elrond) are simple servers running linux and
> freebsd respectively. I am running mythbuntu 10.04 with myth 2.3-fixes
> on the backend and two frontends.
> Currently under the old video system the files had to appear at the
> same place in the file structure on backend and each frontend. So what
> I ended up doing was mounting everything via cifs, viz;
> media (MBE)'s videos are in /var/lib/mythtv/videos/local
> media also mounts storage and elrond's video directories as
> /var/lib/mythtv/videos/storage and /var/lib/mythtv/videos/elrond
> respectively.
> The remote frontends mount media's videos directory under
> /var/lib/mythtv/videos/local and the two servers as
> /var/lib/mythtv/videos/storage and /var/lib/mythtv/videos/elrond.
> Therefore any frontend pulling a video from storage will be pulling it
> over the network straight from storage to the frontend via cifs.
> If I want to move to storage groups I guess I can point a storage
> group on media to /var/lib/mythtv/videos, but that will mean something
> from storage going to a frontend will get from storage to media via
> cifs, and then from media to the frontend via myth protocol, using
> twice the network bandwidth.
> Alternatively I could make storage and elrond into SBE's with their
> own storage groups but that is a major mission as they are old boxes I
> haven't upgraded in years (they have no exposure to the intarweb).
> Any other suggestions? (I just re-read this email and while it is
> clear enough to me, I just pray it is to others).

Your email is perfectly clear ;)

 Solution 3: just move all the video onto a drive on the master
backend. That way your video is always available on any frontend, it
only has to be streamed once, etc, etc.

- Chris

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