[mythtv-users] Playback hung

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Mar 18 14:31:34 UTC 2014

On 03/17/2014 06:50 PM, Dick Steffens wrote:
> On 03/17/2014 03:28 AM, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>> On 03/17/2014 12:31 AM, Dick Steffens wrote:
>>> While watching a recorded program it hung.
>>> <snip>
>> FWIW, it sounds more like X--or your system itself--locked up, and 
>> not that MythTV playback froze.  Generally, when this happens, it's 
>> due to problems with drivers (here, likely the display/graphics 
>> driver), and requires some sort of restart (at minimum X, but, IMHO, 
>> it's easier to reboot the system and know it will work than to try 
>> restarting different things over and over until it appears to work 
>> again).
> While I've been using Linux for a good number of years, now, I'm not 
> so advanced with it that I know exactly what to look at when -- on 
> rare occasion -- things go south, and find it easier to reboot, too. 
> This is especially true when my focus is not on working with the 
> computer, but using the computer to do something else, like watching TV.

And, FWIW, rebooting has another huge benefit.  If you try to clean 
things up manually, you take full responsibility for ensuring things are 
shut down, fully reset, and restarted in the proper order, with proper 
timing, etc.  If, however, you just reboot, you allow your 
(already-proven-to-work) system start/stop scripts to take 
responsibility for putting things back in a working condition.  The only 
thing you'll lose in a reboot is some amount of time on your uptime 
command output--but if that's really a problem for anyone, I can send a 
patch for uptime that will give any value they want.  ;)


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