[mythtv-users] mythfrontend on .xinitrc

Ken Mink ken.mink at gmail.com
Tue Nov 6 21:11:59 UTC 2012

On 11/6/12 2:17 PM, Raymond Wagner wrote:
> On 11/6/2012 09:52, Ken Mink wrote:
>> On 11/6/12 7:47 AM, Josu Lazkano wrote:
>>> I am having some segfault with mythfrontend so I want to know if is a
>>> good option to add the mythfrontend binary on the user ".xinitrc"
>>> file.
>> I have the mythtv user automatically logged in on tty8. Then their
>> .bash_profile does a startx and the last thing in the .xinitrc is
>> mythfrontend. This runs the FE without the overhead of a window manager.
> You should always use a window manager. You need something to handle 
> the Z-axis of multiple windows, even if you're only running mythfrontend.

I run my FEs as STBs. They don't have mice or keyboards and they don't 
run other apps. There are no multiple windows to have to worry about a 
Z-axis. A lot of embedded systems run a x-window apps full screen 
without a window manager. Window managers are not always necessary.

Another solution would be to run the FE from .xinitrc on one virtual 
console. It you need a window manager for other apps, switch to another 
virtual console.

>> I started doing it this way when I used to use 1G AppleTVs running linux
>> as FE boxes and I wanted as small of memory footprint as possible.
> There are plenty of lightweight window managers available, with a 
> memory footprint in the hundreds of kilobytes. If you're hurting for 
> every last megabyte of memory, you need a better computer...
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