[mythtv-users] Configure backend in command line

Josu Lazkano josu.lazkano at gmail.com
Thu May 20 20:24:22 UTC 2010

2010/5/20 Ajay Sharma <ajayrockrock at gmail.com>:
> On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM, Josu Lazkano <josu.lazkano at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2010/5/20 Travis Tabbal <travis at tabbal.net>:
>> >
>> >
>> > On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM, Paul Bender <pebender at san.rr.com> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> On 5/20/2010 11:34 AM, Josu Lazkano wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>> Hello everybody!
>> >>>
>> >>> I want to try MythTV on a Linux system without any desktop. Is
>> >>> possible to configure the backend from command-line?
>> >>>
>> >>> On the laptop I configure with "mythtv-setup" and it is a desktop
>> >>> environment system.
>> >>>
>> >>> Thanks and regards.
>> >>
>> >> mythtv-setup requires a GUI but does not require the GUI to be local. I
>> >> run it over an ssh connection from a computer with X installed (including
>> >> Windows boxes with cygwin/x).
>> >
>> >
>> > VNC works as well, that's how I set up my last backend only machine. I
>> > already have the client installed on the Windows box I was using at the time
>> > and the server was faster to install than it would be to install cygwin/x.
>> > :)
>> So, how can I setup the backend from SSH?
>> I don't understand the reason to configure the backen with a GUI.
>> Thanks and regards.
> Please don't top-post.
> First, can you ssh from your desktop to your myth box?  If not then
> you first need to figure out how to get sshd running.  It's pretty
> easy so google will be your friend.
> Second, once you're able to "ssh my.myth.box" from your desktop, then
> all you have to do is add the -X parameter to ssh:
> ssh -X my.myth.box

Thanks for your info, I have SSH access, but I never use the -X
parameter on SSH, I will try it.

> Once you've logged in you might have to "su -" to root or the user
> that mythtv is running under and then run "mythtv-setup".  And the gui
> will show up on your desktop.

Which is the user that I must use to execute "mythtv-setup"? root? mythtv?

> This is a problem that the devs have talked about before and I believe
> the plan is to bundle a small http server inside of the backend and
> then configure it through the web instead of the GUI.  But don't quote
> me on that as I'm not a dev.

It has no sense to configure the backend with a GUI, I am not software
developer, but I configure lots of services (web, mail, ftp, p2p...)
and all of config are command-line based. I supose that there will be
a big reason to make this way.

Thanks and regards.

> --Ajay
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Josu Lazkano

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