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

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 09:13:52 UTC 2012

On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM, Michael Watson
<michael at thewatsonfamily.id.au> wrote:
> On 20/09/2012 2:07 PM, Joseph Fry 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.
>>     mplayer etc does not know how to play a myth:// url and therefore
>>     cannot access the url that mthvideo hands off to the player. The file
>>     is unchanged and you can still acess it outside myth via whatever
>>     protocol works with your player - eg a mount over cifs.
>> I believe that there have been several attempts at creating a fuse virtual
>> file system around the myth:// protocol, which would allow you to mount your
>> storage groups as you would any other drive... however I don't think any of
>> them are ready for prime time.
>> With many players supporting upnp and mythtv's builtin upnp server, I find
>> that its rare that I need filesystem level access to my storage.
> I have seen a wrapper script to convert the myth:// to a valid
> path/filename.

Across networks?

> IMO I think its a bit premature to remove support for external players, when
> there is media that the internal player does not handle well.  (But I am
> just a lowly user, and our opinion matters not)
> I also find that streaming via the myth:// protocol, some what laggy, and
> slow to start, where access to the same file via NFS starts almost
> instantly.
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