[mythtv] [Q]: EIT giving overlapping time slots

dekarl dekarl at spaetfruehstuecken.org
Fri Sep 30 16:48:21 UTC 2011

Hi Manu,

>>> I have developped a little app that gets the EIT when myth is offline
>>> and outputs an xml file. But I discovered that mythfilldb refuses some

We call these apps "xmltv grabber", like tv_grab_dvb or epgsnoop. (first two hits
when I searched for "EIT to XMLTV")

>>> programs which are overlapping: there is on beginning at 19h30 when the
>>> previous one ends at 19h35 and it does not get stuffed into the DB. Is
>>> there something that can be done (I could probably hack the xml
>>> generation to get this particular program in, but I guess I have others
>>> that suffer from the same problem).

>>That sounds like invalid data, so I wouldn't be surprised to see MythTV reject it.  In fact, rejection sounds best to me, so that no one gets false assurances.
>>After all, how is anyone or anything at all to know what to believe, let alone do, from listings data like that?

>Yes I understand that but I would like to override this rejection if possible, because this is all the data I can get (its for local channels on the sat here in the FWI).

You are doing it wrong.

The only one who knows what to do with these overlapping programs is you and your grabber.
You *must* decide to pick either start or stop time as "good time" and adjust the other one.
This is nothing that some "mythical dice throwing algorithm" can decide.

Of course you can let your grabber make educated guesses based on which channel, time of day,
etc. the overlap occurs. (or even fudge known bad start times)


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