[mythtv-commits] Ticket #8535: Add ability to filter recording schedules by season

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Mon Jun 7 13:28:27 UTC 2010

#8535: Add ability to filter recording schedules by season
 Reporter:  Jason Musits <jmusits@…>          |        Owner:  gigem      
     Type:  patch                             |       Status:  closed     
 Priority:  minor                             |    Milestone:  unknown    
Component:  MythTV - Scheduling               |      Version:  Unspecified
 Severity:  medium                            |   Resolution:  invalid    
  Mlocked:  0                                 |  
Changes (by mdean):

  * status:  new => closed
  * resolution:  => invalid


 program.syndicatedepisodenumber does not contain any usable information
 for filtering by season (see below).  The syndicatedepisodenumber is a
 string whose format is decided by the producers of a show--there is no
 standard for its construction.  Therefore, parsing the
 syndicatedepisodenumber to determine season or episode information is
 unreliable, at best.  And, the syndicatedepisodenumber may not be provided
 for a large percentage of users.  The only users for which the
 syndicatedepisodenumber is generally usable are those XMLTV users whose
 listings providers specify an "xmltv_ns" episode-num (versus the
 "onscreen" episode-num values, which is what syndicatedepisodenumber is
 designed to hold--see the documentation for episode-num at
 http://xmltv.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/xmltv/xmltv/xmltv.dtd ).

 Anyone wanting to be able to use ordinal season and episode information
 should not attempt to parse such information from any existing fields
 (syndicatedepisodenumber, programid, ...), but should instead add columns
 to the database for season and episode numbers and modify XMLTV, EIT, and
 DataDirect (Schedules Direct) grabbers to properly (directly) pull such
 information from listings, when present, and save it directly to the

 Furthermore, we're actually in the process of removing extra information
 from ProgramInfo, not adding new information.  Also, when adding
 additional information to ProgramInfo, it should be added to the end, not
 inserted randomly into the middle--where inserting into the middle
 requires a significant amount of changes so that all users agree on the
 meaning of each field.

 Below is a random sampling of syndicatedepisodenumber values, just to show
 they're not parsable.

 If you choose to use syndicatedepisodenumber in your recording rules,
 anyway, you should do so using a "Custom Recording Rule"/"Power Recording

 Thank you for the patch.  If you have any additional questions about, for
 example, how to add the season and episode ordinals to program, please
 follow up on the mailing lists.

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