[mythtv-users] mythfrontend.real

John Pilkington johnpilk222 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 13:59:49 UTC 2019

On 06/02/2019 13:14, Stefan Davids wrote:
> On 06-02-2019 12:56, James Abernathy wrote:
>> On 2/6/19 7:29 AM, Stefan Davids wrote:
>>> On 06-02-2019 12:14, James Abernathy wrote:
>>>> my questions is what is the purpose of mythfrontend.real and why is it
>>>> not created when you build mythtv from source??
>>>> what I did was on a fresh Xubuntu 18.04 system, I built mythtv from
>>>> source fixes/30 branch and when I tried to run
>>>> /usr/local/bin/mythfrontend it failed due to QT mysql driver not
>>>> loaded.  I could not figure that one out so I setup to install mythtv
>>>> via the ppa:mythbuntu/30 so I'd get the missing piece. Then I could go
>>>> back to working with the source.
>>>> That fixed my problem some how, but I noticed that the ppa mythtv
>>>> stuff was in /usr/bin and the source built myth stuff was in
>>>> /usr/local/bin.  And the source built stuff had no mythfrontend.real.
>>>> Is it needed??
>>> It's just a script to launch mythfrontend.real which is the real
>>> exectuable.  It handles restarting when mythfronted dies for
>>> example.
>>> My built from source system has it (although that's currently v0.28).
>>> The Debian one just builds deb packages which you then install
>>> (in /usr/bin as it happens).  How are you building from source?
>> I built with the instructions at the link:
>> https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Build_from_Source
>> I'm using xubuntu 18.04 but did NOT use dpkg-buildpackage
>> If I had not had the error with QT mysql drive not loading I probably
>> would not have discovered this discrepancy.
> I've always followed 
> https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Installing_MythTV_on_Debian
> which might work for you too as I think Xubuntu is ultimately
> Debian based?  I guess there's some extra stuff done via the
> package building which installs the script for you. I've always
> liked the convenience of having deb's to install and upgrade as
> well.-
> You can find the script at packaging/deb/mythtv/debian/mythfrontend.sh
> Ultimately the script is just convenience; you don't need it for
> a functioning system.  There's a script which sits around mythtv-setup
> too.
> Stefan

I think there's some confusion here.  Isn't the 'mythfrontend' installed 
from the 'buntu packages the wrapper script, with 'mythfrontend.real' 
and 'mythtv-setup.real' the binaries as built from a 'standard' 
compilation, but renamed?

John P

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