[vdr] Minimal VDR install

Chris Silva 2manybills at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 00:49:04 CET 2009


On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 8:34 PM, Magnus Hörlin <magnus at alefors.se> wrote:
> Chris Silva wrote:
>> Hi, folks.
>>
>> My current vdr is instaled over "normal" ubuntu desktop since forever.
>> Now I want to try something similar starting with ubuntu server and
>> reducing installed packages to the minimum.
>>
>> I found a similar ideia at this link:
>> http://kuparinen.org/martti/comp/vdr/vdr.html
>>
>> Now for the questions:
>>
>> - Anyone with similar approach?
>> - What is the minimum xorg needed?
>> - Recommended settings?
>>
>> The ideia is to have a lightweight system installed on a usb pen
>> (almost all files are read only, so no problem) and add one or more
>> HDD drives to perform the recording. Those drivers will only work when
>> a recording is scheduled. Thus reducing noise to the minimum.
>> Currently I have almost no dB coming from my vdr box, except for the
>> disks.
>>
>> I need to take in account other applications xorg needs. Like xine,
>> mplyer, whatever.
>>
>> I really want to end up with a minimal/no noise fully working system.
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
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> I run "minimal" diskless ubuntu setups on a vdr server and three
> clients. The basic "cli" install of ubuntu desktop is <600MB and on the
> server there's not very much to add, just what's needed to compile vdr
> and an nfs server. On the clients I just install xinit and xorg-driver
> plus what's needed to compile xine. Then I start X with startx and
> vdr-sxfe/xbmc/performous with the remote using .xinitrc/irexec. No gdm
> or window manager, except for on my desktop client. And with a picoPSU
> the clients run at <30W so they're silent all right. The server with
> three hdd's and raid5 use a bit more but it's hidden away in the attic
> so I can't hear it anyway.
> I usually start by installing the latest version of ubuntu on one
> computer and then duplicate that directory  for every client. Then it's
> just to boot that install for every client and add the rest of the
> packages needed for that hardware (I have one intel, one nvidia and one
> amd client so I can follow their respective X driver progress).
> /Magnus H
>

Ubuntu desktop under <600MB? My standard Ubuntu install uses more than 1Gb.

Do you have a non standard install procedure?

Chris



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