A little history…
I took another shot at getting mythtv setup again after trying it a few
years ago and lashing myself a few times trying to get the ivtv driver
patched into a mainline kernel. After a bit of work back then I got it
working but times changed and I ended up using the machine for different
Installing MythTV again…
Once again, I’ve decided to take another shot at a mythtv installation.
This time I figured I’d piggyback onto a distribution that probably had
packages for it available. My choice was Ubuntu Dapper. So I did the
simple thing and tried:
sudo apt-get install mythtv
Trying to configure MythTV
And soon I had a mythtv installation almost setup. It seems that many
of the Japanese patches have been merged into mythtv (Wow!) so I didn’t
have to crawl all over the Japanese web space to figure out how to patch
in Japanese patches to obscure_utility (TM) just to get this working.
The first time I tried populating mythtv’s database with TV listing information
I got errors siilar to:
Malformed UTF-8 character (1 byte, need 3, after start byte 0xe7) at
/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.8/Date/Manip.pm line 7167.
Since I’m not a perl god nor am I intimately familiar with mythtv or any
of its tools, I ended up searching on that error message and found a
on a Japanese board basically saying this would not be a major problem
with using mythtv in Japanese so I did what most people do… ignored it.
After I got the base configuration done, I realized I’d be spending a lot
of time not looking directly at this machine since it’s main job was to be
a backend recording machine rather than a frontend so I installed mythweb
to help me manage recordings:
sudo apt-get install mythweb
The Killer Problem settles in
This is where problems started coming in. After populating the TV listings
database, mythweb still failed to show ANY listings whatsoever. Needless
to say, this makes it a little hard to schedule watching anything.
After waiting a few days to see if this was just a transient problem
I still had no TV listings so I decided to search on it. What I found
basically was Mysql 5 changed a keyword ‘repeat’ to a reserved word which
OF COURSE mythtv relied on using in one of its tables. What this results
in is a non-working setup for viewing TV listings on mythtv. This problem
affects mythtv 0.18.x and the mythtv developers have basically said ‘upgrade’
if you want to fix it. However the Ubuntu Dapper packages stay steady at
0.18.x with a dependency on mysql-server which defaults to Mysql5. It seems
there are updated packages in Edgy (Why the f’ is it always in the NEXT
release rather than backported to THIS release????) but none for Dapper yet.
I hope someone backports these packages. In the meantime, I’ll try to see
if the updated packages build cleanly on Dapper for my own purposes.
All bugs logged against mythtv in Ubuntu
One bug logged against Ubuntu mythtv
Ubuntu source packages for updated Mythtv (0.20)
- The REVU page for
the MythTV package (A link on where to download all the source files for
personal testing would be VERY helpful)
Mythtv’s trouble ticket on this problem
Installing Mythtv via SVN on Ubuntu (Not recommended since 0.20 of mythtv is
Japanese instructions for setting up Myth TV