[mythtv] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #13135: Previously recorded list

David Engel david at istwok.net
Thu Sep 28 14:28:43 UTC 2017

On Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 07:26:17AM -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 09/27/2017 04:06 PM, MythTV wrote:
> > #13135: Previously recorded list
> ,,,
> >   The previously recorded list can become huge. There is a limit of 20000,
> >   which reduces its usefulness. Scrolling through thousands of entries is
> >   not optimal.
> > 
> >   As a solution, add a search menu to the previously recorded list, with
> >   options for searching on title and date range. The search will apply at
> >   the sql level.
> > 
> >   With this change, I may reduce the default number of entries, perhaps to
> >   10000, to improve performance and reduce memory usage. Entries that are
> >   not reached because of the limit can be accessed with an appropriate
> >   search. The number of entries returned can be overridden with a setting.
> > 
> >   I will also add a notification to inform the user if the limit has been
> >   reached and some entries are not shown.
> Peter,
> There had been discussion before about making Previously Recorded into a
> 2-column list, like Watch Recordings, such that the user sees a list of all
> the titles/recording group/category/..., then can scroll to a one to see the
> episodes for that title.  It could differ slightly, if necessary, for
> performance--such as using lazy loading (get only the
> titles/recgroups/categories, then after the user scrolls and selects
> one--with SELECT or RIGHT or whatever--load the episodes or whatever).  This
> might be easier than a search function that requires typing with an
> on-screen keyboard (at least I generally do all I can to avoid the on-screen
> keyboard use with my remote, but maybe others are more adept at their use).
> It also has the benefit of allowing us to do similar to what we do with
> Playlists in Watch Recordings (though the wording should be different
> here)--allowing the user to add all items in group to list, then with list
> options, delete items from history or allow rerecord or ...
> David Engel probably has the most-thorough plan--I'm pretty sure it was on
> his TODO list (though not near the top).  Anyway, just wanted to mention
> another idea and suggest talking with David.

I just checked said [long, ignored] TODO list and there's nothing
there about this.  In addition, anything that was saved in less
volatile memory has long since rotted away.

FWIW, I still see a lot of value in having a single list of recent(*),
recording history in reverse, chronological order.  I go in about once
a week and delete things like news and sporting events that have no or
very little historical value.  That being said, there is also a need
to more easily get to the list for a particular title.

(*)With a 2-column screen, perhaps the "All" selection could just show
the last few months, and the title-specific selections could show all


> Oh, and FWIW, thank you for taking this on.  It's been a pain to use the
> Previously Recorded screen, and I'm looking forward to a day when it's
> finally easy to use.
> Mike
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David Engel
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