[mythtv-users] BE3 - Issues with installation and database

Barry Martin barry3martin at gmail.com
Mon Jun 3 16:01:07 UTC 2019

Hi Stephen!

<my font errors>

When I installed that for testing, they turned up here:


    That directory does not exist. ...Well, I have to go down to

So I have put them on my web server:


You can install them by running this:

sudo su
cd /usr/share/mythtv/fonts
wget -chttp://www.jsw.gen.nz/mythtv/mythtv-fonts.tar.bz2
rm -v Droid*
tar xvf mythtv-fonts.tar.bz2
rm mythtv-fonts.tar.bz2

If you want to keep the fonts in case there are problems

    Hahaha: “if” and “in case”!! <G> Actually I do not expect any
    problem after we get this figured out but backups are good!

    Well this is interesting: prior to step 2 I did an ls to make
    certain that directory was present; listed:

    root at Backend-3:/home/barry# ls /usr/share/mythtv/fonts

    DroidSans-Bold.ttf FreeSansBold.ttf

    DroidSansMono.ttf FreeSans.ttf

    DroidSans.ttf Purisa.ttf

    DroidSerif-BoldItalic.ttf texgyrechorus-mediumitalic.otf

    DroidSerif-Bold.ttf 'Tiresias Infofont Bold.ttf'

    DroidSerif-Italic.ttf 'Tiresias Infofont Italic.ttf'

    DroidSerif-Regular.ttf 'Tiresias Infofont.ttf'


    root at Backend-3:/home/barry#

    So present but ?? (Just my usual curiosity.)

    After ‘exit’:

    barry at Backend-3:~$ ls /usr/share/mythtv/fonts

    DroidSans-Bold.ttf FreeSerifBoldItalic.ttf

    DroidSansMono.ttf FreeSerifBold.ttf

    DroidSans.ttf FreeSerifItalic.ttf

    DroidSerif-BoldItalic.ttf FreeSerif.ttf

    DroidSerif-Bold.ttf Purisa.ttf

    DroidSerif-Italic.ttf README-droid.txt

    DroidSerif-Regular.ttf README-freefont-20120503.txt

    FreeMonoBoldOblique.ttf README-purisa.txt

    FreeMonoBold.ttf README-TeX-Gyre-Chorus.txt

    FreeMonoOblique.ttf texgyrechorus-mediumitalic.otf

    FreeMono.ttf tiresias_gpl3.txt

    FreeSansBoldOblique.ttf 'Tiresias Infofont Bold.ttf'

    FreeSansBold.ttf 'Tiresias Infofont Italic.ttf'

    FreeSansOblique.ttf 'Tiresias Infofont.ttf'


    barry at Backend-3:~$

    So several missing originally for some reason.

    Did ‘mythfrontend’ (via Terminal, half-habit, half easier to get out
    of if a problem), the text is a little small but does look
    cleaner/nicer and no ugly overlapping. Realize some of that is
    Theme-dependent but they (should) all draw from the same font
    library, so thanks for fixing that error!

Whatever is going on, the frontend and backend are not talking to each
other properly.  There is nothing in the logs that I can see that
tells us what the cause of the problem is.  So I would suggest that
you copy the config.xml file from an RPi that is working with one of
the other backends and see if that works on the new RPi.  If it does,
that verifies that the new RPi is set up properly, and we can then go
back to testing with BE3.  If not, then it is something in the RPi

When you copied the BE3 /etc/mythtv/config.xml file to the RPi, I
presume you edited it to set the correct IP address (as it currently
has localhost).  Did you make any other changes?  Where is it
installed on the RPi?

    The RPi was configured from instructions at
    https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi . They like a utility
    called “MythTV Light” https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MythTV_Light

    Followed their instructions and so created a unique config.xml on
    the Pi, which is this:

    pi at raspberrypi:~ $ cat /home/pi/.mythtv/config.xml


    <LocalHostName>RPi 3 B+</LocalHostName>













    <Command>echo 'WOLsqlServerCommand not set'</Command>













    I see a few differences (!).

    Copy the original, trying the insert BE3’s config.xml (had been
    changed previously)…

    ?? Something get undone?? Noted the various config.xml’s on the
    Backend were the same colour – white. Link is a light blue, IIRC.

    /etc/mythtv/config/xml has ‘localhost’

    /home/barry/.mythtv/config.xml also has ‘localhost’ and extra lines
    re: UPnP

    Both of these are white with a ‘ls’ command.

    This one is light blue: /home/mythtv/.mythtv.config.xml and appears
    to be linking to the file at /etc/mythtv/config/xml

    OK, if I change the Backend’s Frontend config from localhost to it has problems: can’t find the server, etc. Chaned back
    to localhost – back to the Backend’s Frontend working

    Man an I getting confused!

    OK, on the RPi:

    Seems to display the “Watch Recordings” list correctly, including a
    show recorded earlier this morning. So guessing the RPi Frontend is
    communicating with the other computer “Backend-3” Also getting the
    programme information, for whatever theme I’m using is at the bottom
    of the screen: show’s title, station, when recorded, summary blurb,
    file size, various status icons (commercials flagged, stereo, Closed
    Captioning available, etc.).

    Not getting a preview picture.

    Select the show and (still because haven’t worked on that yet)

    Can’t start playback

    TV player

    Failed to open remote file myth://

    backend-3/<file number>.ts”

    So I’d guess the RPi can get data from the database but not the
    preview picture nor the video file on the Backend itself.

    OK - - copy in the ‘short form” config.xml from BE3 to the RPI and

    Well poo: that should teach me to question an expert! Now get the
    ‘preview picture’ and the actual video file plays. Slow and jerky
    and no sound but haven’t configured those yet. Also using (5 GHz)
    WiFi which may or may not be a sufficient quick transfer avenue
    compared to Ethernet. (Sort of doing two experiments in one: where
    I’d like to use this RPi eventually installing a wire not overly easy.)

    Will post this so far, see about the audio and video and the other



-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.mythtv.org/pipermail/mythtv-users/attachments/20190603/f6711c11/attachment.html>

More information about the mythtv-users mailing list