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

Michael Watson michael at thewatsonfamily.id.au
Thu Sep 20 14:56:32 UTC 2012

On 20/09/2012 7:13 PM, Nick Rout wrote:
> 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?
Yes, but the SG filesystem had to be mounted locally, ie; it stripped 
out the file name, searched the SG's for the file, passed on the full 
path / filename to the client.

>> 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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