Setting Up MythTV in Debian 8 (or Armbian Jessie)

  • Boot Debian 8 Network Install CD (or Armbian Jessie image. If running Armbian with a USB harddrive, now would be a good time to run ‘nand-sata-install’ to boot off the HDD.)
  • Select “Install”.
  • Create “myth” user.
  • Choose separate “home” partition.
  • When prompted for software packages to install, unselect everything except “SSH Server” and “Standard System Utilities”.
  • Log in as “root” and run “apt-get install sudo”.  Then add “myth    ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL” to /etc/sudoers & log out.
  • Log in as “myth” and add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:
    • #deb-multimedia
    • deb jessie main non-free
  • Add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webmin.list:
    • deb sarge contrib
  • Create the following directories:
    • mkdir /home/myth/recordings
    • chmod -R 777 /home/myth/recordings
    • mkdir /home/myth/recordings/banners
    • mkdir /home/myth/recordings/fanart
    • mkdir /home/myth/recordings/coverart
  • Run the following commands:
    • wget
    • sudo apt-key add jcameron-key.asc
    • sudo apt-get update
    • sudo apt-get install deb-multimedia-keyring
    • sudo apt-get update
    • sudo apt-get upgrade
    • sudo apt-get install xauth webmin

      (Set Time Zone in Webmin. Time server is
    • sudo apt-get install mythtv mythweb
    • sudo service ntp start
    • wget
    • chmod a+x
      (Use Webmin to copy MythTV database backup to root folder)
    • ./ –drop_database –create_database –directory /home/myth –filename mythconverg-1317-20170223222314.sql.gz
  • Edit /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini to fix a bug in mythweb:
    • max_input_vars = 100000
  • Add the IP address of the computer to /etc/mysql/my.cnf:
    • bind-address =
  • Restart Apache and MySQL. Also, start Myth Backend and run mythtv-setup from a remote computer:
    • sudo service apache2 restart
    • sudo service mysql restart
    • sudo service mythtv-backend start
    • (from remote computer) ssh myth@ -X
    • (from remote computer) sudo nano /etc/mythtv/config.xml (copy database password)
    • (from remote computer) mythtv-setup (change the IP address to the IP address running MythTV and paste the database password).  You should now be able to finish setting up MythTV.
    • mythmetadatalookup –refresh-all-rules
    • mythmetadatalookup –refresh-all
    • mythmetadatalookup –refresh-all-artwork

Asterisk 10 (1.10) SMS (messaging or SIP Messaging) in action

[UPDATE: WORKS FLAWLESSLY WITH ASTERISK 11 TOO…On Asterisk 11, you can choose XMPP as well as the protocol, right now its just SIP:, imagine the possibilities. Also fixed the issue when failed message]

[ANOTHER UPDATE FOR Offline message – We all know when devices are offline, messages cannot be sent and it will be discarded by Asterisk. I’ve written another dialplan/solution to that here]

With Asterisk 10 comes a channel independent dialplan for handling SIP MESSAGING (and jabber if that’s configured) method. In other words, phones that support SIP Continue reading