[mythtv] Ticket #3303: Mythweb Weather throws error when MSNBC unavailable

Stuart Morgan stuart at tase.co.uk
Sun Jul 8 20:23:42 UTC 2007

On Friday 06 July 2007 07:49:13 Billy Macdonald wrote:
> Maybe MythTV could require MythBrowser and could
> link to weather.com.  As for GPL concerns, the logos & icons don't
> necessarily have to be included with the distribution, they could be
> downloaded when going through the mythweather setup.

That's a non-starter. I don't want mythbrowser installed and frankly 
cluttering up mythweather with the required logos and links (I believe 3 is 
the number specified) just isn't ideal.

Mythweather was dead long before the changes at MSNBC and weather.com 
occurred. It was always planned that mythweather-revamp would replace it and 
using localised weather data sources is the preferred method.

> For US users, just using NOAA would be the most straightforward from a
> ToS standpoint, but that leaves intl users in the dark.  And having a
> different source for different countries government weather services,
> if they exist, would be quite a maintenance nightmare.

Xmltv works well this way and all it takes is for one or two users in each 
country to make a small contribution of their time. I do think there would be 
a practical benefit to making the creation and maintenance of weather 
grabbing scripts independent from mythtv in a similar way that the 
relationship between xmltv and mythtv works.
Stuart Morgan

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