[vdr] Best practices for running vdr-xine

Peter zelts at ruksis.com
Tue Apr 28 18:13:57 CEST 2009

Thanks for the tv script tidbit! However that wont help if vdr backend restarts while xine frontend is active.

My mplayer works just fine with softdevice, but not with vdr-xine: I get no video (but audio is fine). Maybe I have to run vdr backend inside X session as well?

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From: VDR User [mailto:user.vdr at gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 5:13 PM
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Subject: Re: [vdr] Best practices for running vdr-xine

On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 12:56 AM, Peter <zelts at ruksis.com> wrote:
> I have a bit of a problem running xine frontend – it will not reconnect if
> vdr backend restarts. Also, my vdr can take 10-15secs just to start up, and
> xine frontend will bail out during that time, too. Since frontend is being
> run on unattended TV box (read: no keyboard) it is cumbersome to restart
> xine every time this happens.

In my tv script I do this before starting xine:
until [ -e "/tmp/vdr-xine/stream" ]; do sleep 1; done

This waits until vdr-xine has started before loading xine itself and
resolves the problem of delayed startups.

> Second problem: xine does not work with vdr mplayer plugin (mplayer cannot
> access X, hence no video). Are there any alternatives?

I'm using VDR-1.7.6 with xine-0.9.1 and the mplayer plugin just fine.
Maybe you're missing the required

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