[vdr] Minimal VDR install
magnus at alefors.se
Mon Jan 12 21:34:29 CET 2009
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:
> 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
> 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.
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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).
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