[mythtv] Autoexpire doesn't remove LiveTV files

Joseph A. Caputo jcaputo1 at comcast.net
Thu Dec 15 08:54:42 EST 2005

On Thursday 15 December 2005 1:34, BP wrote:
> Chris Pinkham wrote:
> > 
> > You can't disable AutoExpire anymore, that setting went away.
> > If you don't want normal recordings autoexpiring, then don't turn
> > on autoexpire on your scheduled recordings.
> > 
> Yeah, this is a very old thread...been very busy lately.
> Anyhow, what is the reason for forcing people to use AutoExpire?

The new LiveTV architecture treats everything as a mini-recording.  Each 
time you change channels, it creates a new recording.  Unless you want 
to be "forced" to manually delete every little recording that collects 
in your directory while you're channel surfing, auto-expire must be 

> Now I  have to go through all my existing recordings and make sure 
> they do not have the flag set?  And then go through all my recording 
> profiles and disable it there as well?  That's 200+ recordings and 30+ 
> recording profiles.

As Chris mentioned elsewhere in this thread, this is easily done with 2 
SQL statments.

> Thankfully Mythtv is open source and I can patch out AutoExpire.

Yes, you can, but I don't recommend it.  Use the SQL statements to turn 
it off for your existing recordings, and default it to "off" for new 
recordings in the setup.

> Just  seems silly for something of this nature.

We ridicule what we don't understand... I hope I've explained it 


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