[mythtv-users] Question on python dependency

Tom Dexter digitalaudiorock at gmail.com
Sun Feb 9 20:27:20 UTC 2020

On 2/9/20, Tom Dexter <digitalaudiorock at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/9/20, Tom Dexter <digitalaudiorock at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 2/9/20, Bill Meek <keemllib at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 2/9/20 7:24 AM, Tom Dexter wrote:
>>>> I'm running MythTV under Gentoo. For several reasons I'm staying on
>>>> 29.1 for now. Looking forward to the EOL of python 2, and the fact
>>>> that 29.1 only supports version 2, I wanted to verify something
>>>> regarding the python dependency.
>>>> Am I correct that the only python dependency is for the python
>>>> bindings, and that if I'm not using the bindings or any third party
>>>> scripts that use them, that MythTV itself doesn't otherwise require
>>>> it? Just wanted to make sure on that.
>>> Short answer, no.
>>> Things like the Hardware Profiler and the metadata grabber use the
>>> bindings and run under v2 or v3. find_orphans.py uses the bindings
>>> and its Wiki has been updated (I think that would count as a 3rd
>>> party script.)
>>> I don't speak Gentoo, but if that means it builds from source, then
>>> at configure time you'd have to add the --python=python2 switch. Or,
>>> perhaps just --python=python if that's the correct executable name.
>>> If that switch isn't used, then the default (python3) will be used.
>>> --
>>> Bill
>> I'm not familiar with the Hardware Profiler at all(?). When you say
>> the metadata grabber are you referring to the grabber for mythvideo
>> content etc? If that's the case, I've always had videos using purely
>> the file browse mode with no metadata. While it would be nice to have
>> find_orphans.py I can do without it.
>> From what I can see the Gentoo mythtv ebuild I use will add
>> --without-bindings=python to the configure options and completely omit
>> the --python= option. Are you saying that with that it would still be
>> using python in that case?
>> As to John's reply I don't use MythArchive or mythburn etc.
>> Tom
> Just to clarify, above I meant to say that the ebuild will use those
> configure options if the ebuild's python USE flag is off.
> Tom

Interestingly I just noticed that the ebuild does the following if
that python USE flag is off:

# Ensure we don't install scripts needing the python bindings (bug #516968)
use python || find contrib/ -name '*.py' -exec rm -f {} \;


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