[mythtv-users] Great source for channel icons (was --> "http://www.lyngsat-logo.com")

Stephen Boddy stephen.boddy at btinternet.com
Tue Dec 20 16:33:33 EST 2005

On Tuesday 20 December 2005 20:57, Stephen Boddy wrote:
> On Tuesday 20 December 2005 20:21, Greg Estabrooks wrote:
> > > UK. Let me know if you have probs (or even better, fixes) and I'll help
> > > out where I can. It's not commented, and probably fragile in places,
> > > but it works
> >
> >  I just tried this out and the first thing I noticed was that the loop to
> > go through the list of channels/icons doesn't actually skip the rest if
> > you hit "." as you are resetting the end variable before the while loop
> > starts again. Moving the "end=0" to just before the for loop worked for
> > me.
> >
> >  Now if only we can get the name matches to find more of them. For me
> > it takes a while with a few hundred channels :)  Or better
> > come up with a master list(s) for each country that could be distributed
> > with it? Maybe check the master list for a match, if no match then try
> > the fuzzy match?
> Rats. I was play around with the flow since I had that bit working. I was
> so focused on testing the fuzzy stuff that I never tested that again. It's
> actually exit=0 that needs to move, but thanks for catching that one. I
> also changed the text for the f option. The program replaces the string
> that is used for the fuzzy match, and the prompt now better reflects that.
> I like the idea of the master list, and I'll have a think of the best way.
> Probably have to be seperated by country in case there are equivalent
> channel names with different logos.
> In my case my channel names come from a DVB scan, so the chances are good
> for getting exact matches. If people have assigned there own names it's
> likely to be somewhat ineffective.
> The only other concern I have is having read the Disclaimer on their site,
> I'm not too sure of the right or wrong of using their icons in the first
> place. I know the wikipedia has a lot of the UK channel logos, but from
> what I've seen they would be harder to make use of, as the pages wouldn't
> be so easy to parse.
> BTW, what's the policy on attachments to the mail list? Don't want to be on
> the receiving end of an Isaac lashing <:-(

Okay Greg, I've got the bones of a master list set up. The first time you run 
the script, uncomment the last pprint statement. This gives you the 
fundamentals of the master list for your provider (assuming constant names). 
Still needs a little massaging, but it's not hard.

The question is when to use the master list. Now I don't want it to download 
all icons every time, So I suggest using the master only if there is 'none' 
in that field. This way, those of us with hundreds of channels don't hammer 
the LS server everytime we run the script. If you want to do a full fresh 
icon retrieval, set all your icon fields to none.

To get around stepping through all assigned channels, I'm thinking of an 
option to skip all entries that have something assigned, be it from the db, 
or allocated by the master list (i.e. only stop when icon is 'none' and no 
entry exists in the master list). That should speed up entry once the master 
lists start getting fuller.
Steve Boddy

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