I have been getting the error message
Unable to access MythTV Perl API. Try with –verbose to find out why.
on MythTv running on Ubuntu 8.04. It wasn’t bothering me too much because the TV guide was still being updated. Also I believe this is something to do with MythTV-Status only which prints out in the console what is being recorded (if any), next up coming recording and the amount of available space.
The problem is the MythTv-Status program is ran on a schedule and is requires the config.xml in the ~/.mythtv directory to be copied or a symbolic link in /root/.mythtv Run the following commands to solve the problem:
$ sudo mkdir /root/.mythtv
$ sudo ln -s ~/.mythtv/config.xml
$ sudo /etc/init.d/mythtv-status reload
The last command will run MythTv-Status to read the new configuration XML file and run without any errors.
The only problem it has caused is that it does not say how many days worth or TV guide it has where as before this fix it specified it with errors.