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April 4, 2007

MythTV on any PC in your home

Filed under: — brendan @ 20:43 IST

I recently figured out how to make it possible to install the mythfrontend client on other systems in our house rather than just on the TV in the livingroom. e.g., I can watch the news in a window here upstairs in my office while I’m working (cough).

The fundamental step I had to take was running mythtvsetup and change both the host and Master Server IP addresses to be their real address ( instead of as had been laid out in the instructions.

I followed the instructions at


for fixing remote permissions which boiled down to

% mysql -u root -p rootpw_for_mysql
mysql> use mysql;
mysql> SELECT Host, User, Select_priv, Insert_priv, Update_priv, Delete
_priv FROM user;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* to mythtv@”%” IDENTIFIED by ‘mythtv’
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> SELECT Host, User, Select_priv, Insert_priv, Update_priv, Delete
_priv FROM user;
mysql> exit

With that, the SuSE 10.2 desktop system I’m using now could use the various mythtv* packages, just pointing it at the .23 backend server. Not everything works…going into Watch Video doesn’t work, but presumably because I’ve got to tweak a setting somewhere. Likewise, I have to have music mounted as /video/music if I try to choose Listen to Music. But watching recordings and live TV works just fine.

Of course looking now, I see that Jarod Wilson’s Tips’n’Tricks to his awesome HOWTO on installing MythTV makes mention of all of this. Oops. 🙂


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