[mythtv-users] Myth backend: Console or GUI OS ? Init level 3 or init level 5 ?

Paul Bender pebender at san.rr.com
Mon Sep 12 19:12:50 UTC 2011

On 9/12/2011 11:50 AM, linux guy wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 12:43 PM, Paul Bender <pebender at san.rr.com
> <mailto:pebender at san.rr.com>> wrote:
>     Of course, using MythTV setup requires running a GUI.
> A GUI or a console ?  For the backend only ?

It requires an X11 GUI. Since the X11 GUI has a clean separation between 
the X11 client application and the X11 display server, the MythTV 
backend machine need only have the libraries to support the MythTV setup 
X11 client application. The X11 display server runs on the machine 
accessing the MythTV backend manchine over SSH. Therefore, there is not 
need for runlevel 5 on the MythTV backend machine as it causes the X11 
display server to run which is not needed.

>     I do this by
>     forwarding X11 over SSH to a machine.
> So you are running a GUI OS on the backend,  you just run at runlevel 3
> when you aren't doing admin ?  Or is there a way to run X11 on the
> backend without having other GUI components installed ?

I always run at runlevel 3 on my backend. Since I always run the X11 
display server on another machine over SSH, I have no need to ever run 
it on my backend. In fact, the X11 display server is not even installed 
on my backend, so I cannot run at runlevel 5.

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