[mythtv-users] Master: In progress recordings being removed as duplicates of themselves?

Christopher Kerr mythtv at theseekerr.com
Sat Aug 20 17:04:31 UTC 2011

On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 2:48 AM, Michael T. Dean <mtdean at thirdcontact.com>wrote:

> On 08/20/2011 12:38 PM, Christopher Kerr wrote:
> > Checked the script, it's definitely supposed to be logging to
> > /var/log/mythtv/mythbackend.log. It also definitely isn't.
> >
> > I tried starting mythbackend from the command line with the --logfile
> switch
> > - should I expect to see errors in the console if there are file
> permission
> > problems?
> Yeah, I'm guessing you would.  I'll check to make sure a bit later.
> And, FWIW, on master, you shouldn't be using --logfile /path/to/file .
> You should be using --logpath /path/to/directory (or -l
> /path/to/directory).  I will likely remove --logfile (and remove the
> code that allows --logpath/-l to accept a file path), forcing you to
> specify a logging directory (just making sure stakeholders are OK with
> the change).  If you specify a log file, then /only/ mythbackend logging
> is written to disk.  All logging from child processes (mythtranscode,
> mythpreviewgen, mythmetadatalookup, ...) is discarded because you
> haven't given us permission to write to other log files.
> See, also,
> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Category:Syslog_Configuration_Files for
> another approach to logging in master.
> Unfortunately, though, I don't have any other guesses on what could be
> causing the issues with recordings.  I hope you can get the logs working
> so we can get more information.
> I'm guessing the following would work:
> sudo chown -R mythtv:mythtv /var/log/mythtv &&
> sudo chmod 775 /var/log/mythtv &&
> sudo chmod 664 /var/log/mythtv/*.log
> for fixing permissions (though I'm not sure how your system is
> configured, so you may have to change user/group name or something).
> Mike

Thanks Mike, a closer look showed that user and group were set correctly,
but for some reason the file didn't have write permissions - presumably
something went awry back when I upgraded to Master.

Now to wait for something to go wrong again...

- Chris
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