phpmyadmin is a very useful tool for administering a mysql server. If you ever run into something that you need to directly modify in the mysql tables, but don't want to go through the trouble of learning mysql commands by hand, phpmyadmin will help. It has a web interface that will allow manipulation of tables, backup, privilege admustment and almost everything done by CLI.

Once you install phpmyadmin, I would recommend you secure your root password for it from within the interface.

To install it,

  • sudo apt-get install apache2
    sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

If you haven't installed mythweb prior to phpmyadmin, you will also need to do install a php support library for apache. Mythweb depends on php4, by default. Either php4 or 5 may be used, however. To install the php5 library:

  • sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5

phpmyadmin will then be accessible by going to



Adding Channel Icons

Credit to plb from the forums. The original post is here:

1) Install xmltv.

  • sudo apt-get install xmltv

2) Obtain the script for making an iconmap.

  • wget "" -O

3) Start mythfrontend.

  • mythfrontend

4) Run the script.

  • perl

5) Add to your database.

  • mythfilldatabase --import-icon-map iconmap.xml --update-icon-map



A set of themes to customize mythfrontend are available in the  mythtv-themes  package:

  • sudo apt-get install mythtv-themes



  1. VNC

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One way to administer a frontend is to install a VNC server, although it's often easier to use MythWeb.


ACPI Shutdown & Wakeup

If your motherboard is capable, it is possible for MythTV to shut itself down when it is idle and wake itself up if there is a recording scheduled. One method is by using the built-in ACPI Shutdown/Wakeup via RTC alarm function of many motherboards. To see if this might be possible with your system and a guide on how you might get this working for you, visit: ACPI Shutdown Wakeup


Samba File Sharing

A very useful thing for a mixed windows/linux/mac network is setting up Samba on your MythTV machine. A couply of ideas you can use samba for:

  • Sharing your recordings via a centralized network share that is accessed through links for mythweb.
  • Copying pictures/dvds/videos back and forth among the machines from on the windows/mac machines
  • Mounting a windows/mac network share on your backend to access content stored on the windows or mac

See the Ubuntu guide for more information about setting up samba:



Given that this machine is a backend and frontend, the mythplugins metapackage can be used. This will install all of the misc. mythtv plugins available as well as dependencies.

sudo apt-get install mythplugins

This will properly install apache2 and php4 for mythweb. If you would like to use php5 instead, install it prior to installing mythweb. All of the plugins will work out of the box except for mythweb.


MythTV/Install/WhatNext/BackendFrontend (last edited 2011-04-09 01:50:34 by k.dejong)