[mythtv] MythTV Usability Report

Joe Votour joevph at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 9 05:28:12 UTC 2006



--- Michael Freeman <mlfreeman at gmail.com> wrote:

> here's one useability suggestion that would require
> some v4l
> support...autodetect / enumerate all cards (and then
> of course allow
> deletion of individual sources via mythtv-setup).

This isn't a bad idea.  But, I do think that it is
better to force the user to set the card up because
card enumeration is tricky and prone to error (and
imagine what could happen if the detection was wrong).

> second, more tightly integrate mythfilldatabase into
> mythtv-setup...the
> setup tool should be able to know if you're the
> backend or not and know when
> you last ran mythfilldatabase...and it should let
> you run it from the gui.

This doesn't work for a lot of people.  There are
people who need to manually fetch their listings using
one of the XMLTV grabbers, and then run
mythfilldatabase manually.  They typically do this via
a script, therefore mythfilldatabase has to be
seperate from the backend and mythtv-setup.

> also, since myth effectively has its own scheduling
> engine (for obvious
> reasons), how about making an option to have
> mythbackend handle scheduling
> mythfilldatabase runs?
> 

I don't know if the backend or frontend handles this,
but there is an option in the frontend to enable
mythfilldatabase to be run within the context of
MythTV.  This is in SVN, and I think (but am not 100%
sure) that it is in 0.18.1.

> those are just two ideas that came to me off the top
> of my head.
> 
> 
> On 1/9/06, Tom E. Craddock Jr. <sigtom at sigtom.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > f-myth-users at media.mit.edu wrote:
> > > If MythTV had fewer usability issues, it would
> probably decrease mail
> > > volume on the -users list at least, and also
> lead to a lot less wasted
> > > time by newbies trying to set it up and/or use
> it, and less time by
> > > more-experienced users trying to help them.
> > >
> > > But improving MythTV usability is currently a
> giant Catch-22.  Why?
> > >
> > > (g) What new user is going to run SVN?  For one
> thing, it takes a
> > >     large committment to do so having not even
> tried the product at
> > >     all, and for another, it requires monitoring
> both -dev and -commit
> > >     (and maybe -users), all incredibly
> high-volume, before even
> > >     starting to compile anything, much less use
> it.
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> > The OP is already a member of -dev...they posted
> thier "USE"ability
> > report, not on the -user list, but on -dev; and
> they are not running
> > SVN.  Am I the only one who thinks this is Bass
> Ackwards?
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-- Joe


		
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