[mythtv-users] V30 frontend on Raspberry PI3 B+

James Abernathy jfabernathy at gmail.com
Tue Jan 29 01:12:09 UTC 2019

Since I now have my production system on V30 I thought I'd test the v30 
mythfrontend on my RP3 B+.

I used the standard Wiki instructions for mythtv-light on the RP3. I 
know it's subjective, but I think the playback of OTA MPEG2 recordings 
is a little smoother than it was on v29.1 It's still not as smooth as 
the Shield TV version of v30 Mythtv-frontend, but it's close. When I'm 
not in test engineer mode, I could watch it with no issues.

However, I did manage to do something that I've not done is years, I 
locked up the backend  using the frontend.  I clicked on Watch TV and 
the frontend never started playing any video.  After a couple of minutes 
I Ctrl-Alt-F1 and logged in to reboot.  But before I messed with the RP3 
again I went to the Shield TV and it could not connect with the backend 
either.  So I ssh'ed into the backend and looked at the log. Nothing 
unusual after the video started and nothing until I ran "systemctl 
restart mythtv-backend".

Everything recovered nicely, but no record of why the backend locked 
up.  When I use the systemctl restart it took about 5 minutes before it 
completed. I don't know for sure because I had to leave the room. Not 
sure of the version that locked up, but I had updated all mythtv 
software yesterday.  While I had the backend down, I updated again today 
with a new verision. 
(30.0+fixes-autobuild.201901261750.f11c5ab~ubuntu18.04.1). The RP3 
version is mythtv-light/stretch,now 30.0-3-g44fee4bc8a-0 armhf

Jim A

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