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MythTV 0.24 mythtvosd is broken

I did an upgrade from MythTV 0.23.1 to 0.24 a few weeks after 0.24 had been released. I eventually ended up reverting the whole upgrade. There were a few reasons:

  • One of my recordings failed. This happened only once, a few hours after the upgrade. My recordings practically never fail otherwise. I would estimate that about 1 out of 500-1000 recordings fail under normal circumstances. This got me a bit suspicious and I decided it was better to revert as quickly as possible. It could of course have been a coincidence, but I didn’t want to take the risk. Once you’ve had the system up and running for a few days, it’s really to late to (easily) revert the upgrade unless you are prepared to lose all the changes in the database (recordings etc).
  • Another issue in 0.24 was that the mythtvosd utility doesn’t work, see bug report. For those of you not familiar with the utility, it allows you to send text popups to mythfrontend, which are then shown on the screen. I use it to show warnings about low disk space and various other remote controlled system information popups (I might write a post about this later). Apparently they are not planning on fixing it until 0.25 :-( This may mean that I will have to skip 0.24 altogether. If so, it would be the first time I skip a whole MythTV release. Let’s see…

Anyway, I didn’t really see any big must-haves in version 0.24. So, for the moment I’m probably better off with a stable 0.23.1. Of course, it might be that the current 0.24 version is more stable than the one I tried.

  1. Rich
    July 12, 2011 at 00:12

    mythtvosd was replaced with mythmessage (https://github.com/MythTV/mythtv/commit/bd469cf06576877789b174b8f17f6c0bcd058d75/). Doesn’t look like it has made it in to the RPM builds, oddly, but it is definitely github.

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