For example, the wiki leads off with
Down the page, it readsIf user mythtv is allowed to login and start the window manager, XMLTV can be configured through the Video Sources Setup page in mythtv-setup. Otherwise, follow the steps below and do the configuration from the command line.
OK -- so I think I wanna do command line. I know the password of my mythtv user and I can su to be that user. Then I read this:Information.png Tip: Setup of XMLTV via command line is less challenging and more consistent with XMLTV instructions/usage.
So ... it seems that one must first login to the desktop as mythtv user, run mythtv backend setup at least as far as setting the xmltv grabber, and then logout, hop back in via command line to finish the configuration?As long as you have selected your xmltv grabber in MythTV Setup you can perform some or all configuration via the command line.
My experience in running mythtv-setup is that it is full of hidden screens --> and the arrow down and tab sometimes to fill in a variable and at the end of adding and configuring a new video source I am rewarded with "exited with status 0" -- is that a good thing? No clue is given. It's only until you try and run mythfilldatabase you get to see the error that there was an unexpeted end of file, the grabber did not work, etc.
And I start over ... reading more carefully this time.
here is another nugget of wisdom regarding xmltv
You should obtain the latest version, since there have been recent changes. When you download the a more recent version, you must ensure your copies of the programs are found before the version provided for by your Linux distro - do this by placing ensuring you either replace the versions directly in /usr/bin, or adjusting PATH so that your downloaded version is found before the existing version in /usr/bin.
This is really what it says.
Oh yeah -- I need to adjust PATH, of course. Some other nix skill to learn, so I can someday bask in the glory of the improved v31 with my fellow greybeards.
I know I am not alone in my frustration over XMLTV. I will continue to read, google and hunt for a post like the venerable viewtopic.php?f=36&t=3114 which addresses the question HOW ON EARTH DO YOU GET IT WORKING?