Installing MythTV

Asked by mavsman4457

I have recently gotten my Ubuntu up and running and have installed a new cutom kernel and I am really afraid of messing something up. I tried to install MythTV just now and got a message that I didn't know what it meant and I was afraid the installation might affect my setup so it would be great if someone could interperet it for me. Thank you:

Package configuration

  ┌─────────────────────┤ Configuring mythtv-backend ├──────────────────────┐
  │ │
  │ mythtv-setup must be run in order to complete MythTV installation │
  │ │
  │ You must run mythtv-setup as a user in the 'mythtv' group in order to │
  │ complete mythtv configuration. Note that this program requires an X │
  │ display, so you must either login to an X session as a user in the │
  │ 'mythtv' group, or otherwise arrange for that user to have access to │
  │ your X display. │
  │ │
  │ You must complete all four steps presented in the program. │
  │ │
  │ Once you have done this, you may start the backend by executing the │
  │ following command: │
  │ │
  │ sudo /etc/init.d/mythtv-backend start │
  │ │
  │ <Ok> │

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mavsman4457 (bdsport445) said :

Just to clarify what I am asking. Does this wnat me to register at the MythTv website? And I don't have a clue as to what X display is or what an X session is.

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Ryan Prior (ryanprior) said :

An X session means a graphical session, which you get by default when you log into Ubuntu. If you were using Ubuntu from the terminal command line, rather than the graphical system (which is run by a program called X, thus an X session), then the MythTV setup presumably would not work.

The MythTV installer probably created a "group" called mythtv. A group can contain any number of users, and the message that you got is asking to ensure that you are a member of that group. You can probably add yourself to the mythtv group using System -> Users and Groups.

Then, once you are a user logged into X and you are a member of the group mythtv, you run the command mythtv-setup. After completing all of the steps, use the command shown in your post above to start the MythTV backend.

I hope that this clarifies what the message is talking about somewhat.

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