[mythtv-users] how to make idle frontend exit?

Michael Watson michael at thewatsonfamily.id.au
Mon Jul 9 23:14:09 UTC 2012

On 10/07/2012 4:34 AM, Petr Stehlik wrote:
> Petr Stehlik píše v Ne 08. 07. 2012 v 13:39 +0200:
>> Hi all,
>> in the new 0.25 mythfrontend there's an idle timer.
> Michael and Thomas, thank you for your suggestions that are good for
> MythTV < 0.25. I used to be using similar screensaver based system at
> that time.
> Now, in the new v0.25 release (as I explicitly mentioned in my first
> mail) there is a complete support for "idling". Mythfrontend watches
> user activity and when it's idle its countdown timer starts. And when it
> reaches zero it automagically turns the screen off.
> That is great, but I don't want to save just the screen so I am
> searching for a way to modify the default behavior of the new 0.25 idle
> feature.
> I am going to download the source code to find my answer, I think.
> Petr
> P.S. I realize I could write a script that would watch the mythfrontend
> log, parse it and when it sees the "idle timer fired" message it would
> 'killall mythfrontend'. But that would be just a workaround. I want to
> implement a proper solution...
 From my playing with the new "frontend idle" system, all it does it 
dull the screen, and place a message on the screen saying that it is 
idle.  I believe that is suppose to use the Backend Sleep command to 
shutdown the frontend, but I found it problematic, it would shut down 
the system immediately when playback of a recording/video had finished, 
shutdown when listening to music.

I agree, as Myth is supposed to be treated as an appliance, this is a 
feature that should be integrated into Myth.

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