[mythtv-users] v31 - MacOS Playback - Quarter Screen Issue on Retina - Resolved

John Hoyt john.hoyt at gmail.com
Sat Jul 25 14:35:38 UTC 2020

> I feel like I'm a relative path away from wrapping this up - just can't
> seem to stumble on the right path for the requesting application
> (mythmetadata).

I believe the latest versions of MythFrontend.app that I just uploaded to
SourceForge (https://sourceforge.net/projects/mythtvformacosx/) fix the
python and metadata grabber issues.

Getting python portable was quite a bit more involved than I originally
thought (been hacking at this for the past week - lots of dead ends...).
The new builds now include a portable version of python3.  The trick to
getting this to work was using py2app to build a portable version of one of
the metadata grabbers (ttvdb.pl seems to work best as it has the most

I also had to steal a play from the mythbuntu folks where the application's
executable is now an sh script that sets some local variables (mainly
PYTHONHOME and PYTHONPATH) then calls the real executable now named

I've tested that the new applications work on a clean (i.e. no macports no
python3) High Sierra VM, so hopefully no one comes across any new python
related issues :)

BTW - Are there any devs out there kind enough to take on my Trac ticket
getting the compile script into the packaging baseline (
https://code.mythtv.org/trac/ticket/13642)?  It could certainly use a
review and probably some verified testing by other users - BUT - it seems
to be working very well for me and I've put a substantial amount of hours
into it at this point...

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