In my last 2 MythTV posts, I explained how to get mythbackend running on boot, and how to get mythfrontend started automatically when you start X.
Now I’m going to explain how to get X to startup and login on boot.
This essentially makes your MythTV setup completely operational from powerup, without user intervention.
Definate WAF in that…
This is how I did it on my Debian machine.
I’m running my MythTV as the user ‘mythtv’ on my machine.
First, you’ll need rungetty installed
apt-get install rungetty
Then open your inittab config in your favourite editor
Look for the line that starts all your getty’s. It looks something like this
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1
You’ll have to change it to this
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/rungetty tty1 --autologin mythtv
That’ll make it automatically log in to the mythtv user on tty1
Now, you’ll want to automatically start X whenever the mythtv user logs in to tty1
Its nice to constrain it to run, when the user logs in on tty1 only. That way, you can change tty’s and login without having X trying to start up automatically.
Edit your .profile for your mythtv user
Put the following in it
if [ -z "$DISPLAY" ] && [ $(tty) == /dev/tty1 ]; then while [ 1 == 1 ] do startx sleep 10 done fi
That’ll start up X as soon as the mythtv user logs in, and if X dies, it’ll wait 10 seconds and then restart it.