[mythtv-users] Frontend + backend installation

Stephen Worthington stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz
Sun May 21 10:48:52 UTC 2017


On Sun, 21 May 2017 10:07:40 +0000, you wrote:

>Hello,
>
>I'm just starting to learn about MythTV.  I have installed Ubuntu 16.04 and mythtv 0.28 on a PC.  At the time I didn't consider installing just the backend, but now I'm wondering if having installed the full suite (backend + frontend) will constrain my ability to add a remote frontend later.  In other words, can frontends coexist both on the server and on a remote device?
>
>Thanks, Gib

You can have as many frontends as you like, as long as they have
network access to the backend box.  There is other software such as
Kodi plus a plugin that works as a MythTV frontend also.

External frontends need to be able to access the backend and the MySQL
database over your network.  To do that, you have to have answered the
question during the backend install to say that you are going to be
using external frontends.  Did you do that?  You also will need to
adjust the mythbackend startup conditions so that it does not start up
before the network interfaces are up and working.  If it does start
too early, it does not bind to the external network interfaces, just
to localhost, and never becomes accessible from an external frontend.

It may be easiest to get things working with the frontend on the
backend box first, then try using an external frontend once you have
that working.  Lots of us have got this working and can tell you the
steps to do it, but it involves editing some of the system config
files.  Searching the list archives will find the answers, but it can
be hard to find the exact post you need.

If you are using network tuners, you will need to make most of the
same config changes to get them to be seen by the backend when the
system is rebooted.  However, you can just restart the backend after
bootup is complete if you find MythTV can not see your network tuners,
as a way of testing things.  This command will do that:

  sudo systemctl restart mythtv-backend

When you get to the point of needing external network access to work,
let us know more about your setup and I can dig out all the
information you will need.


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