[mythtv-users] Why does Myth need write access to my Videos SG?

Thomas Mashos thomas at mashos.com
Thu Sep 20 01:01:32 UTC 2012

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:
> My videos directory is an SMB share and it is intentionally read-only to my
> various media servers. I noticed that during Mythtv-setup, Myth complained
> that it couldn't write to this directory. Can somebody tell me what Myth
> needs to write to in here?
> Additionally I'm confused about the line in the wiki that says "External
> Video Players (mplayer, xine, VLC) will not work with videos hosted on an
> SG." - Does Myth actually modify the files in some way? This would be
> catastrophic to me, as my videos are accessed by many different
> applications.
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MythVideo has an option to delete videos, that is why it wants write
access. If you don't want to give it this ability then you can safely
ignore that warning (I think it can also rip to that directory, but I
haven't used the mythtv ripper in a long long time)

Regarding external players, external players have no idea what a
MythTV storage group is, which is why you cannot use storage groups
with external players. The external player functionality (what is
left) is going away in a future release. Note, this has nothing to do
with opening a different player (such as VLC) and playing back the
file on the filesystem, this only has to do with MythTV.


Thomas Mashos

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