Opened 21 months ago

Closed 21 months ago

Last modified 17 months ago

#13546 closed Patch - Bug Fix (fixed)

Hardcoded call to 'python' from mythtv-programs for lyrics

Reported by: rcrdnalor Owned by: Bill Meek
Priority: minor Milestone: 31.0
Component: Plugin - MythMusic Version: Master Head
Severity: medium Keywords: python3
Cc: Ticket locked: no


MythTV is on the way to switch to python3. But some programs use to call 'python <script-name> <options>' for grabbing lyrics for the MythTV-Music plugin (note the hardcoded 'python' call).

Note: Pythons PEP 394 states that "The python command should always invoke Python 2".

But python2 is not available on modern linux installations, because python2 is deprecated and EOF starting with January 1st, 2020.

Latest releases of various linux distributions do not install python by default, only python3 (like Ubuntu 19.10).

Use the following command to identify those hardcoded calls to python:

$ grep -nHIrF --include=*.cpp -- QString\(\"python
mythtv/programs/mythutil/musicmetautils.cpp:494:        p.start(QString("python %1 -v").arg(;
mythtv/programs/mythutil/musicmetautils.cpp:538:        p.start(QString("python %1 --artist=\"%2\" --album=\"%3\" --title=\"%4\" --filename=\"%5\"")
mythtv/programs/mythbackend/mainserver.cpp:6951:        p.start(QString("python %1 -v").arg(;

Once these lyric scripts are able to speak python3 as well (see #13545), we can use the configured python version (i.e.: either python2 or python3).

The attached patch uses the configured python version to call these lyric grabber scripts.

Note: This patch is compile time tested only.

Attachments (1)

hardcoded_call_to_python_master.patch (2.5 KB) - added by rcrdnalor 21 months ago.
Patch to use configured python version

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Change History (5)

Changed 21 months ago by rcrdnalor

Patch to use configured python version

comment:1 Changed 21 months ago by rcrdnalor

Tested on Ubuntu 19.10 on current master. There is only python3 installed, no python or python2 is available.

I have this album already in the database ( imported by mythutil --scanmusic )

Artist: Angélique Kidjo
Album:  Black Ivory Soul
Title:  Ces Petits Riens

$ mythutil --findlyrics --songid 22

results to 


with content

  <artist>Angélique Kidjo</artist>
  <album>Black Ivory Soul</album>
  <title>Ces Petits Riens</title>
  <lyric>Mieux vaut ne penser à rien, que de ne pas penser du tout</lyric>
  <lyric>Rien c'est déjà, rien c'est déjà beaucoup</lyric>

Also tested via Gui

Media Library
Listen to Music
Add title to playlist
Play title
select M (Menu) and Lyrics

and it works also with a new title, which has no lyrics in the database:

Title: Iemanja
Artist: Angélique Kidjo
Album:  Black Ivory Soul

The lyrics lines are displayed on the screen during playback.

Note: The affected code belongs to MythTV, but is used by the MythMusic plugin only. Therefore, the configured python version is the one configured for MythTV, not for MythPlugins?.

comment:2 Changed 21 months ago by Bill Meek

Owner: changed from paulh to Bill Meek
Status: newaccepted

comment:3 Changed 21 months ago by Roland Ernst <rcrernst@…>

Resolution: fixed
Status: acceptedclosed

In 186e24a018/mythtv:

Python Bindings: use configurable "python" choices

Replaces hardcoded "python" with PYTHON_EXE developed in ./configure

Requires distclean.

Closes: #13546

Signed-off-by: Bill Meek <billmeek@…>

comment:4 Changed 17 months ago by Stuart Auchterlonie

Milestone: needs_triage31.0
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