[mythtv] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #1520: Don't automatically add new channels in mythfilldatabase

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed Apr 26 15:04:48 UTC 2006

On 03/16/2006 07:47 AM, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 03/15/2006 04:00 PM, MythTV wrote:
>> #1520: Don't automatically add new channels in mythfilldatabase
>> DataDirect likes to automatically add new channels added by the 
>> provider to one's lineup. When it comes to satellite providers, these
>>  are almost always channels you don't subscribe to. It's a pain to 
>> have to go to DD to unflag the channels and then delete them in 
>> mythtv-setup every time this happens.
>> This new commandline option to mythfilldatabase, "--no-new-channels",
>>  makes it ignore any channels DD adds without your knowledge. It has 
>> the side-effect that you have to manually run mythfilldatabase 
>> without this option whenever you really want to add new channels to 
>> your listings in Myth.
> It also has the side-effect that many (most?) users will /never/ go to 
> http://labs.zap2it.com/ to remove unwanted channels from their lineups. 
>   That will mean that the DD servers will have to process (= more CPU 
> time) and send (= more bandwidth) larger datasets to these users.  Since 
> TMS has been fighting exactly these resource issues, this may not be A 
> Good Thing.

Well, Daniel did /all/ the work to write the code to make removing 
channels from DD lineups possible and has committed a change which 
enables it for analog users with a command-line option (he made it the 
default for digital users since they need to configure their channels).  
So, if you're constantly removing new channels from your DD lineup(s), 
feel free to try SVN head (r9803+) and if your analog lineups get new 
channels (i.e. satellite and/or cable STB users, etc.) add the option 
"--remove-new-channels" to your MythFillDatabaseArgs in frontend setup:

mythfilldatabase Arguments
Any arguments you want passed to the mythfilldatabase program.

Please make sure you go to http://labs.zap2it.com/ and update your 
lineup once more to ensure you're only downloading the channels you want 
(i.e. that you haven't hidden any unwanted channels) so you're not 
wasting processor time/bandwidth for your downloads.  That will help out 
Zap2It, which will make their DD service more likely to succeed.

Enjoy, and thanks for all the code, Daniel.  :)


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