[vdr] Best practices for running vdr-xine

Simon Baxter linuxtv at nzbaxters.com
Tue Apr 28 22:20:23 CEST 2009

I've recently taken a different approach altogether.

I use MyMediaSystem (mms) as the "front end" to my pvr for dvd, movies, 
pictures, music, weather, radio etc etc and TV.  When you select TV, it 
launches vdr-xine.

I wanted a high quality graphical (open-gl) look - and the ability to play 
music playlists while cycling through my photo collection.

VDR, vdr-xine and mms seem to work very well together too....

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter" <zelts at ruksis.com>
To: "'VDR Mailing List'" <vdr at linuxtv.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:13 AM
Subject: Re: [vdr] Best practices for running vdr-xine

> 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?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VDR User [mailto:user.vdr at gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 5:13 PM
> To: VDR Mailing List
> 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
> mplayer.sh(.conf)?
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