[mythtv] [PATCH] Internal DataDirect grabber functionality REVISEDVERSION USE THIS ONE!

Bruce Markey bjm at lvcm.com
Sun Apr 18 21:10:37 EDT 2004

Isaac Richards wrote:
> On Sunday 18 April 2004 05:29 pm, Bruce Markey wrote:
>>David Shay wrote:
>>>On Sunday 18 April 2004 12:31 am, Isaac Richards wrote:
>>>>I'd highly suggest not using this patch, as you're not going to have an
>>>>easy time switching to whatever goes into CVS eventually if you do.
>>>Can you please give some more guidance here?  Why is what's in this patch
>>>highly different that what will go into CVS eventually?
>>I think he just meant that the dbcheck stuff got changed in
>>clean up. If the the patch was used, it be more difficult
>>to sync up the schema.
> Yup, and I wasn't sure if I was going to get something into CVS this soon, but 
> I spent a good 5 or 6 hours last night fixing everything up so it could go 
> in.

Ya, and it cleaned up nicely ;-). I'd spent a couple hours
yesterday with the patch on a test DB taking notes and making
some tweaks. The checked-in version just worked. After an hour
or so of no show stoppers, I backed up my production DB and
installed it. There are some cosmetic things with categories,
movies and EPG colors that can be fixed. Categories, Movies
and New Titles on the Search page each have problems, again
mostly related to categorization and I'll try to fix those.
I also get a segv at the end of mythfilldatabase and I'll
send a bt if it doesn't turn out to be something obvious.

Overall it seems to function well enough.

One thing I'd anticipated is that dup matching won't work for
things with new longer descriptions. However, this only affects
things that have repeats AND use Sub&Desc or Description AND
there is a new longer description (sometimes they are the same).
I went thru my conflicts page and only found a handful. There
will be a few things that still will need to be marked "Never
record this episode" over the next few weeks and months but they
should taper off.

David, the most exciting thing about this is (finally!) having
the programid available. That along with originalairdate
could really help with accurate dup matching, identifying
generic episodes (zeros in the last 4 chars), identifying
first run shows (first week or month or whatever), correctly
identifying movies, specials and series (first 2 chars) so
that only the relevant record types need to be shown, etc.
Not having this info was the biggest drawback for myth's
scheduler compared to commercial DVRs. With the new scheduler
logic and some coding to take advantage of this extra info,
I think myth's scheduling can be better in every way than what
you can buy from the store.

Thanks for doing the hard work of making this data source

--  bjm

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