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MythTV 0.27 Frontend on CentOS v6.4

Old notes from 2013.


  1. Build a minimal Gnome desktop machine
  2. Configure networking
  3. Setup sudo
  4. Add user ssh publick keys and lock down ssh
  5. Disable unused services
  6. Configure NTP
  7. Install MythTV frontend
  8. Install nvidia drivers



Install MythTV

Install the ATRPMS and the Stephen Collier 0.27 repositories
#  rpm -Uvh

Add the following to a repo configuration file (e.g. '/etc/yum.repos.d/mythtv-stephen-collier.repo')



# Note: the FTP server is only up in the envenings (Sydney AU time)



name=A CentOS Build of MythTV v0.27 by Stephen Collier





name=A CentOS Build of MythTV v0.27 by Stephen Collier

# baseurl=$basearch



Install MythTV frontend:
# yum install mythtv-frontend

NVidia drivers

These come from the ATRPMs repo
# yum install nvidia-graphics319.49 

Add the following to the end of the kernel command line in '/boot/grub/grub.conf':



Automatic login

Edit '/etc/gdm/custom.conf':






The sound is a NVidia CK804 which has caused me a great deal of grief when attempting to get digital sound out working. The machine has two sound cards:

  • nVidia CK804 chipset sound (card 0)
  • nVidia HDMI sound (card 1 and 2)


Configure the driver to output digital sound with the file '/etc/modprobe.d/ck804.conf':
options snd_intel8x0 spdif_aclink=1
The receiver (amplifier) requires digital sound only (not through a HDMI port).



Install LIRC from atrpms

# yum install lirc lirc-devices lirc-kmdl-`uname -r`

Copy the same configuration file for MCE USB remote control

# cp /usr/share/doc/lirc-0.8.7/remotes/mceusb/lircd.conf.mceusb /etc/lirc/lircd.conf

Start the LIRC service

# chkconfig lircd on
# service lircd start

Copy a lircrc file for the MCE USB to '~mythtv/.mythtv/lircrc', where the mythtv user is the identity the frontend runs as.

Mount movies

Movies and video for the frontend are provided over NFS. Create the mount point directory ('/mnt/mp4'). Add a '/etc/fstab' entry to mount them: /mnt/mp4    nfs ro,addr=,intr,nolock,nfsvers=3 0 0

Ensure that the netfs service is enabled so that they are remounted at boot.




yum install mythtv-frontend

--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                         Arch    Version                     Repository               Size
 mythtv-frontend                 x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  9.0 M
Installing for dependencies:
 ImageMagick                     x86_64             base                    1.7 M
 MySQL-python                    x86_64  1.2.3-0.3.c1.1.el6          base                     86 k
 SDL                             x86_64  1.2.14-3.el6                base                    193 k
 aalib                           x86_64  1.4-4_rc5.el6               atrpms                   93 k
 arts                            x86_64  8:1.5.10-10.el6             base                    966 k
 audiofile                       x86_64  1:0.2.6-11.1.el6            base                     95 k
 avahi-compat-libdns_sd          x86_64  0.6.25-12.el6               base                     28 k
 compat-usrmove-ldconfig         x86_64  1.0-1.el6                   atrpms                  1.9 k
 crystalhd-firmware              noarch  3.10.0-3.99.el6             atrpms                  1.1 M
 dirac-libs                      x86_64  1.0.0-1.el6                 atrpms                  338 k
 directfb                        x86_64  1.4.3-1.el6                 atrpms                  1.2 M
 enca                            x86_64  1.13-1.el6                  atrpms                  102 k
 esound-libs                     x86_64  1:0.2.41-3.1.el6            base                     74 k
 fftw                            x86_64  3.2.2-14.el6                atrpms                  1.6 M
 freeglut                        x86_64  2.6.0-1.el6                 base                    171 k
 giflib                          x86_64  4.1.6-3.1.el6               base                     37 k
 glib                            x86_64  1:1.2.10-33.el6             atrpms                  133 k
 google-droid-sans-fonts         noarch  20100409-1                  atrpms                  2.5 M
 gsm                             x86_64  1.0.13-4.el6                base                     27 k
 gtk+                            x86_64  1:1.2.10-70.el6             atrpms                  835 k
 jack-audio-connection-kit       x86_64  0.116.1-6_1.el6             atrpms                  179 k
 libXaw                          x86_64  1.0.11-2.el6                base                    178 k
 libXpm                          x86_64  3.5.10-2.el6                base                     51 k
 liba52_0                        x86_64  0.7.4-7.0.1.el6             atrpms                   23 k
 libavcodec54                    x86_64  1.2.3-59.el6                atrpms                  2.9 M
 libavformat54                   x86_64  1.2.3-59.el6                atrpms                  618 k
 libavutil52                     x86_64  1.2.3-59.el6                atrpms                   84 k
 libcaca                         x86_64  0.99-0.9.beta16.el6         atrpms                  182 k
 libcrystalhd                    x86_64  3.10.0-3.99.el6             atrpms                   48 k
 libdca0                         x86_64  0.0.5-4.el6                 atrpms                   88 k
 libdvdread                      x86_64  4.1.4-0.3.svn1183.el6       base                     63 k
 libfaac0                        x86_64  1.28-6.el6                  atrpms                   36 k
 libfaad2                        x86_64  1:2.7-18.el6                atrpms                  141 k
 libfreebob                      x86_64  1.0.11-6.el6                atrpms                  130 k
 liblirc_client0                 x86_64  0.8.7-88.el6                atrpms                   18 k
 libmad0                         x86_64  0.15.1b-4.el6               atrpms                   54 k
 libmikmod                       x86_64  3.2.0-21.el6                atrpms                  134 k
 libmp3lame0                     x86_64  3.99.3-23.el6               atrpms                  129 k
 libmpcdec                       x86_64  1.2.6-6.1.el6               base                     26 k
 libmpeg2_0                      x86_64  0.5.1-5.el6                 atrpms                   39 k
 libmpeg2convert0                x86_64  0.5.1-5.el6                 atrpms                   12 k
 libmyth-0.27_0                  x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  1.6 M
 libmythavcodec54                x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  2.9 M
 libmythavdevice54               x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   43 k
 libmythavfilter3                x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  307 k
 libmythavformat54               x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  633 k
 libmythavutil52                 x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  100 k
 libmythbase-0.27_0              x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  520 k
 libmythfreemheg-0.27_0          x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  162 k
 libmythhdhomerun-0.27_0         x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   49 k
 libmythmetadata-0.27_0          x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  311 k
 libmythnzmqt0                   x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   54 k
 libmythpostproc52               x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   90 k
 libmythprotoserver-0.27_0       x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   91 k
 libmythqjson0                   x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   85 k
 libmythservicecontracts-0.27_0  x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   87 k
 libmythswresample0              x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   57 k
 libmythswscale2                 x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  116 k
 libmythtv-0.27_0                x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  3.1 M
 libmythui-0.27_0                x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  684 k
 libmythupnp-0.27_0              x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  258 k
 libmythzmq1                     x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   95 k
 libnemesi                       x86_64  0.6.9-0.1.20090422git.el6   atrpms                   70 k
 libopencore-amrnb0              x86_64  0.1.3-1.el6                 atrpms                   91 k
 libopencore-amrwb0              x86_64  0.1.3-1.el6                 atrpms                   46 k
 libpostproc52                   x86_64  1.2.3-59.el6                atrpms                   73 k
 libquicktime0                   x86_64  1.2.4-31.el6                atrpms                  190 k
 librtmp0                        x86_64  2.3-1.el6                   atrpms                   43 k
 libsysfs                        x86_64  2.1.0-7.el6                 base                     44 k
 libva-glx1                      x86_64  1.0.15-7.el6                atrpms                   15 k
 libva-x11_1                     x86_64  1.0.15-7.el6                atrpms                   18 k
 libva1                          x86_64  1.0.15-7.el6                atrpms                   32 k
 libvdpau1                       x86_64  0.7-5.el6                   atrpms                  7.7 k
 libvncserver                    x86_64  0.9.7-4.el6                 base                    159 k
 libvpx                          x86_64  1.0.0-1.el6                 atrpms                  197 k
 libwmf-lite                     x86_64       base                     51 k
 libx264_136                     x86_64  0.136-19_20130917.2245.el6  atrpms                  378 k
 libxavs1                        x86_64  0.1.51-2.el6                atrpms                  133 k
 libxvidcore4                    x86_64  1.3.2-15.el6                atrpms                  182 k
 live                            x86_64  2012.02.04-1.el6            atrpms                  294 k
 lksctp-tools                    x86_64  1.0.10-5.el6                base                     77 k
 lzo                             x86_64  2.03-3.1.el6                base                     55 k
 mailcap                         noarch  2.1.31-2.el6                base                     27 k
 mjpegtools                      x86_64  1:2.0.0-22.el6              atrpms                  734 k
 mpg123                          x86_64  1.15.4-1.el6                atrpms                  255 k
 mplayer                         x86_64  4:1.2-92_snap20130920.el6   atrpms                   14 M
 mplayer-fonts                   noarch                  atrpms                  1.0 M
 mplayer-skins                   noarch  4:1.0-16                    atrpms                   14 M
 mythtv-common                   x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  638 k
 mythtv-themes                   x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   13 M
 nas-libs                        x86_64  1.9.2-1.el6                 atrpms                   74 k
 netembryo                       x86_64  0.0.9-1.el6                 atrpms                   24 k
 openal-soft                     x86_64  1.12.854-1.el6              atrpms                  128 k
 orc                             x86_64  0.4.10-1.el6                atrpms                  141 k
 perl-Compress-Raw-Zlib          x86_64  1:2.020-131.el6_4           updates                  68 k
 perl-Compress-Zlib              x86_64  2.020-131.el6_4             updates                  44 k
 perl-DBI                        x86_64  1.609-4.el6                 base                    705 k
 perl-HTML-Parser                x86_64  3.64-2.el6                  base                    109 k
 perl-HTML-Tagset                noarch  3.20-4.el6                  base                     17 k
 perl-IO-Compress-Base           x86_64  2.020-131.el6_4             updates                  68 k
 perl-IO-Compress-Zlib           x86_64  2.020-131.el6_4             updates                 134 k
 perl-MythTV                     x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier   44 k
 perl-URI                        noarch  1.40-2.el6                  base                    117 k
 perl-libwww-perl                noarch  5.833-2.el6                 base                    387 k
 portaudio                       x86_64  19-6_4_20071207.el6         atrpms                   89 k
 python-MythTV                   x86_64  0.27-302.el6                mythtv-stephen-collier  310 k
 qt48                            x86_64  1:4.8.5-8.el6               mythtv-stephen-collier  4.3 M
 qt48-mysql                      x86_64  1:4.8.5-8.el6               mythtv-stephen-collier   31 k
 qt48-x11                        x86_64  1:4.8.5-8.el6               mythtv-stephen-collier   12 M
 qtwebkit                        x86_64  2.0-3.el6                   atrpms                  5.1 M
 schroedinger                    x86_64  1.0.10-1.el6                atrpms                  271 k
 svgalib                         x86_64  1.9.25-8.el6                atrpms                  413 k
 transcode                       x86_64  1.1.7-49.el6                atrpms                  1.3 M
 tslib                           x86_64  1.0-2.el6                   atrpms                   49 k
 twolame                         x86_64  0.3.12-2.el6                atrpms                   75 k
 xmms-libs                       x86_64  1:1.2.11-40.el6             atrpms                  273 k

Transaction Summary
Install     117 Package(s)

Total download size: 109 M
Installed size: 287 M

NVidia drivers

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                                        Arch        Version              Repository   Size
 nvidia-graphics319.49                          x86_64      319.49-160.el6       atrpms      3.5 M
Installing for dependencies:
 nvidia-graphics-devices                        noarch      1.0-6.el6            atrpms      2.4 k
 nvidia-graphics-helpers                        x86_64      0.0.30-33.el6        atrpms      6.4 k
 nvidia-graphics319.49-kmdl-2.6.32-358.el6      x86_64      319.49-160.el6       atrpms      3.2 M
 nvidia-graphics319.49-libs                     x86_64      319.49-160.el6       atrpms       22 M

Transaction Summary
Install       5 Package(s)

Total download size: 29 M
Installed size: 119 M

NVidia conflict with Nouvea driver

The nvdia driver would not load, hence X would not start. The dmesg error was:

kernel: nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
kernel: Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
kernel: NVRM: The NVIDIA probe routine was not called for 1 device(s).
kernel: NVRM: This can occur when a driver such as nouveau, rivafb,
kernel: NVRM: nvidiafb, or rivatv was loaded and obtained ownership of
kernel: NVRM: the NVIDIA device(s).
kernel: NVRM: Try unloading the conflicting kernel module (and/or
kernel: NVRM: reconfigure your kernel without the conflicting
kernel: NVRM: driver(s)), then try loading the NVIDIA kernel module
kernel: NVRM: again.
kernel: NVRM: No NVIDIA graphics adapter probed!
When manually loading the driver the error was:
# modprobe nvidia
FATAL: Error inserting nvidia_319_49 (/lib/modules/2.6.32-358.23.2.el6.x86_64/updates/drivers/video/nvidia/nvidia-319_49.ko): No such device
Adding a 'blacklist nouvea' to '/etc/modprobe.conf/*.conf' didn't help.

Add the following to the end of the kernel command line in '/boot/grub/grub.conf':


# aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: CK804 [NVidia CK804], device 0: Intel ICH [NVidia CK804]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 7: HDMI 1 [HDMI 1]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
# aplay -L
    NVidia CK804, NVidia CK804
    Front speakers
    NVidia CK804, NVidia CK804
    4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
    NVidia CK804, NVidia CK804
    4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    NVidia CK804, NVidia CK804
    5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers
    NVidia CK804, NVidia CK804
    5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    NVidia CK804, NVidia CK804
    IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output
    HDA NVidia, HDMI 0
    HDMI Audio Output
    HDA NVidia, HDMI 1
    HDMI Audio Output


Dependencies Resolved

 Package                             Arch         Version            Repository    Size
 lirc                                x86_64       0.8.7-88.el6       atrpms       552 k
 lirc-devices                        noarch       0.8-4.el6          atrpms       2.5 k
 lirc-kmdl-2.6.32-358.23.2.el6       x86_64       0.8.7-88.el6       atrpms        79 k
Installing for dependencies:
 libftdi1                            x86_64       0.16-7_1.el6       atrpms        12 k
 libirman0                           x86_64       0.4.5-7.el6        atrpms        12 k

Transaction Summary
Install       5 Package(s)

Total download size: 658 k
Installed size: 2.7 M

Storage VLAN Network

The NFS storage is provided via a non-routable VLAN interface with a private/ULA address only. The configuration file '/etc/sysconfig/network-script/ifcfg-eth0.200':


# IPv4

# IPv6
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