[mythtv] File Size Limitations

Eric eric at cisu.net
Sat Aug 2 14:10:50 EDT 2003

Dear Jerk.
	Why so harsh? It's people like you that make me not want to contribute my 
experiences and input into open source products. I took the time to send in 
my opinion and all I get is a lame e-mail response making me sound like a 
jerk.  It's their product, they can ignore or implement my suggestions as 
they please. If you don't like my suggestions than just butt out instead of 
acting all high and mighty about it. 
	I'm sure you don't care because you can hide behind some anonymous name and 
number. Just know if you ever said anything like this to me in person I would 
punch you in the face.

On Saturday 02 August 2003 12:56 pm, DanM wrote:
> Eric, your email probably hasn't recieved the reception you would have
> hoped for, so I have taken the liberty of translating your email so that
> Isaac and the others can more effectively understand what you want:
> Using my leet skillz to debug why mythbackend was dying, I discovered
> that my filesystem doesn't support file sizes larger than 2gb.  Now, I
> know you have spent like a bazillion hours working on this program, but
> if you spent another billion, it would be so much more to my liking.
> Here is how I would like you to fix it for me:
> 1)  Because I'm using a lame filesystem, please develop the esp module
> for mythbackend so it can properly detect the lame filesystem, and split
> the files when they get bigger then 1mb.
> 2) Please have the esp module for mythbackend warn cluebies (such as
> myself) that using FAT32 for large files is utterly insane; but please
> be gentle with the message. . . I don't want it to damage my fragile
> ego.  After all, I am a Certified Microsoft whore.
> 3) You know that esp module I asked you to write, well I need you to do
> some more work on it some more. . . I want it to open up a black hole
> and envelop my entire computer when it detects its reached the limit of
> the filesystem I have so intelligently choosen to use.
> In closing, because you are all geeks and don't mind spending the rest
> of your lives in a dungeon, I would like you to solve all my problems.
> Its getting kind of late, my mommie makes me go to bed a nine o'clock;
> so my email confuses even myself.
> Eric wrote:
> >I spent a while figuring out why my mythbackend suddenly gave out on me
> > after 10 minutes and it was hitting file size limitations. I am using
> > kernel 2.4.21 and FAT32 to store file. I know its a bad choice for this
> > but its a general purpose storage disk that WinXP must get along with.
> > Anyways, I have some suggestions on this subject:
> >	1) Handle filesize limitations gracefully. Mythbackend quit very suddenly
> >hanging frontend when 2GB hit- automotically split files when it reaches
> > the FS limit instead of aborting.
> >	2) Gently remind people of some common limitations of filesystems so they
> >(like me) don't make silly mistakes. A table in the FAQ/Docs would be
> > nice. I am aware of FS limitations but am kinda sketchy on what
> > FS/Kernels support what. It's easy enough to figure out, but a table
> > would speed things up and (again) prevent me and others from doing stupid
> > things.
> >	3) Maybe some sort of autodetection. File splitting and max file sizes
> > could be autodetected and hard set so mythbackend doesnt quit suddenly.
> > Also User configuration of file size handling. I know there is a live
> > buffer setting....but more options for file size handling. There could be
> > an option for MAX buffer size and SPLIT file size. For example it could
> > use 10GB but split at 2GB giving you 5 buffer files.
> >
> >I hope this helps development..as the FS limit is kinda frustrating me.
> > It's kinda late so if this post confuses anyone or they want me to
> > explain just cc me.
> >----------------------
> >Eric Bambach
> >Eric (at) CISU (dot) net
> >----------------------
> >
> >
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Eric Bambach   
Eric (at) CISU (dot) net 

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