[mythtv-users] Playback hung

Hika van den Hoven hikavdh at gmail.com
Mon Mar 17 12:41:09 UTC 2014

Hoi Dick,

Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:31:23 AM, you wrote:

> While watching a recorded program it hung. There was no response to the
> remote, no response to the keyboard, and no response to the mouse (which
> I can see at the top edge of the screen while the front end is running).
> The only solution was to power cycle the machine. While Ubuntu 12.04 
> with Gnome was booting there was a message about /tmp not being present.
> Once the boot process was finished I opened up a nautilus window and 
> navigated to /. tmp was there, and it had a number of files and 
> directories inside it.

> I closed nautilus and started up the front end. It took a relatively 
> long time to start up. It took so long that I wasn't sure I had actually
> started it and clicked on the icon I put on the top bar of the gnome 
> desktop a second time. But after a minute or so it came up. Actually, I
> should say they came up. At first the playback was normal. But after I
> skipped forward a number of times there was a second audio track 
> running. I couldn't figure it out until I exited the front end 
> completely only to hear the second audio track still running.

> Because of my overscan issue the top and bottom bars of the gnome 
> desktop are only slightly visible. I did finally notice that there was
> an instance of the front end showing up at the bottom of the screen. 
> Clicking on it restored it and I was back to normal.

> So, is there ever a reason why one would want it to be possible for 
> there to be more than one instance of the front end running at the same
> time? If not, is there a way to prevent multiple instances? I know some
> programs do this -- Firefox and Thunderbird come to mind -- but I have
> no idea how much is involved in making them work that way.

> Anyway, my original issue was related to playback freezing. Is there 
> some other way I could have recovered from that other than power cycling
> the machine?

> I suppose I could have tried logging in from another machine. That 
> didn't occur to me at the time.

If you want to prevent frontend or any program from starting twice,
you have to add a check like:
Test=`ps -A | grep mythfrontend`
[ "$Test" != "" ] || mythfrontend
to your startup script.

Tot mails,
  Hika                            mailto:hikavdh at gmail.com

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