[mythtv-users] Please explain

Jay R. Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Wed Dec 14 17:18:51 EST 2005

On Wed, Dec 14, 2005 at 05:01:27PM -0500, Isaac Richards wrote:
> I don't see how that's any different than just autoexpiring things, though.  
> As long as the backend is running and the user has not individually disabled 
> autoexpire for every recorded program, the disk will never be completely 
> full.

If I correctly apprehend the issue, I see two potential problems, of
differing import:

1)  If the disk is full of live recordings which will conviently expire
to get out of the way of more important stuff, then you'll never know
how much free space you really have.  Myth could, I suppose, do the
math internally for it's own display, but being able to use something
as lightweight as df(1) has it's advantages.  (cron scripts, for

2) depending on how far in advance the programs are expired, and what
OS/filesystem is in play, the delete itself may take a notable amount
of processor horsepower, increasing the minimum requirements of the

-- jra
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