[mythtv-users] problems with latest updates dpkg-reconfigure mythtv-database

Stephen Worthington stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz
Mon Aug 9 02:47:13 UTC 2021

On Sun, 8 Aug 2021 17:46:47 -0500, you wrote:

>Hi all,
>Was running updates today as my non-mythtv regular username, with sudo
>access of course, and when it was updating the database it gave me the
>following error:
>Failed to connect to database (incorrect admin password)
>ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using
>password: NO)
>I was using the command-line this time as previous updates have broken my
>video driver (I guess) and so can't run KDE on this backend right now. So,
>not sure if this happens when I use the graphical style daily update
>methods, but it is generally run as my own user with sudo access too.
>Anyway, have been having odd issues here and there, and wonder if I've been
>missing out on database updates this whole time because root is not able to
>What's the right way to solve this? I've been under the impression that you
>shouldn't muck with databases as user root, so don't think I've ever set it
>to have access to mythconverg, but also didn't know that the update
>mechanism required it...
>Thanks for any thoughts,
>-- George

If a root config.xml is really required, the easiest thing to do would
be to create a link from /root/.mythtv/config.xml to

sudo su
cd /root/mythtv
ln -s /etc/mythtv/config.xml

But I thought that the /etc/mythtv/config.xml file was used when
MythTV programs were run from root.  So maybe it is a packaging
problem.  Anyway, to fix the existing situation, create the link and
then you may need to manually run:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure mythtv-database

But I think that mythbackend will automatically do schema updates if
necessary when it starts up, so you should be up to date despite the
error messages.

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