[mythtv] Re: [mythtv-commits] Ticket #537: playbackbox doesn't observe "Newest recordings first" checkbox when sorting by original air date.

John P Poet jppoet at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 21:50:52 UTC 2005

On 10/28/05, Bruce Markey <bjm at lvcm.com> wrote:
> My apologies. I accidentally hit the Send button...
> John P Poet wrote:
> > On 10/27/05, MythTV <mythtv at cvs.mythtv.org> wrote:
> >> #537: playbackbox doesn't observe "Newest recordings first" checkbox when sorting
> >> by original air date.
> ...
> > Actually, that was on purpose.
> I couldn't even begin to give examples of things done on purpose
> not being the best of all possibilities ;-).
> > Personally, I want the episode for a specific show sorted in ascending
> > order (by original air date), but I want the episodes listed under
> > "All Programs" to have the newest episodes first.
> I agree with Greg and this had bothered me when I first saw it
> but I was never going to use this so I didn't care until someone
> complained. Someone complained.
> Regardless of the order you want to see, it is true that it doesn't
> observe the option and returns the same order either way. I think
> "Newest recordings first" is unambiguous. What happens if there are
> some shows that always have original air dates and others that never
> have these dates? Worse yet, what if the same title has some with and
> without? I can understand wanting to sort by original air date but
> it should be consistent. I think the current behavior is unnecessarily
> confusing.
> > If you really want the episodes listed in reverse-original-air-date
> > order, I would make that a separate option.  In other words, have
> > "Original Air Date (ascending)" and "Original Air Date (descending)"
> > options.
> I think this would be a step further in the wrong direction. If
> you want the full list sorted in one direction and the title lists
> sorted in the other, maybe that should be the option but I think
> that is still obfuscated.
> I think the lists should be sorted by the originalairdate if available
> or the recording date if not, all in the same direction as the "Newest
> recordings first" flag suggests.

With the current code, if original airdate information is not
available, it uses the record date.  But your are right, it ignores
the "Newest recordings first" flag.

> I think this is in the best interest
> of anyone else in the public who wants to try this feature. Do you
> agree?

I agree that it is best not to confuse the average user.

> Can you work around this in your private production version
> if you feel strongly that you need the mis-matched order?

No problem.  My "update" script already applies a few "personal"
patches whenever I grab a new version from SVN.  The easiest way for
me to do this, is to get a copy of what ever patch you apply to "fix"
the issue, so I can setup an inverse in my personal tree.



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