[mythtv] Re: Ticket #255: Improved scheduling of consecutive programs with pre-roll/overrecord

Bruce Markey bjm at lvcm.com
Tue Sep 27 08:25:19 UTC 2005

David Engel wrote:
> Personally, I'm happy with the status quo since I have reasonably
> accurate guide data and have no problems manually adjusting my
> recording scheduls as needed.


>   However, I am sympathetic with those
> users with less reliable guide data and their potential need for some
> form of "softer" scheduling.

What's always bothered me about this is that preroll serves a
useful purpose and the fact that this magic behavior is possible by
abusing it lead people to jump to the conclusion that this is what
they're supposed to do and the scheduler is therefore supposed to
take it into account.

I'm thinking now that if there is going to be some sort of "softer"
scheduling it should be just that, part of the schedule planning.
I think it would make more sense to have a pair of variables for
this, expressed in minutes, rather than usurping the preroll
variables. These could be applied to the schedule in the context
of scheduling and shown in the Upcoming Recordings (reclist) for
the users to fix whatever problems they create for themselves.

We should leave the preroll seconds out of it and limit their range
to 0-29  seconds to be applied by the recorder at record time as it
is now.

--  bjm

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