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

Stephen Boddy stephen.boddy at btinternet.com
Wed Dec 21 21:40:32 EST 2005

On Thursday 22 December 2005 02:01, Greg Estabrooks wrote:
> > Been out all day, so I've only just caught up on this thread. My God! You
> > "'mericuns" don't half make things complicated!!!
>  *Cough* I'm Canadian, but some of our channels are American based ;)

They might as well put "But I'm Canadian!" on my flaming headstone. I never 
fail to mistake Canadians for Americans. Sorry, but I'm crap at accents, and 
to be fair there weren't really many clues that you're from north of the 
border as you were only talking about us icons :-)

>  Plus I've been doing some tests against a few American friends channels
> lists.
> > 3. Attempt a (fuzzy?) match against the callsign of a channel.
>  I'd definately see this as a big one as it is likely to find most
> channels, at least in North America, maybe falling back to a name match if
> nothing is found.
> > 4. Add a "Processing web pages, please wait..." message.
>  You might also consider putting a "Item 13 of 26" type marker next to the
> name or callsign being checked.  If only to tell a user just how much more
> they have to go through :)
>  One thing I also found was that hitting s to skip was a bit of a pain when
> you are comparing several hundred channels..... maybe enter/blank moves on
> to the next comparison? Even if a user accidentily hits enter more than
> they ment they can just run the app again.

Both good suggestions. Added to my list.

> > situations. i.e. the command line parameter is a comma seperated list of
> > master lists that are all loaded at once. Any thoughts guys, as this is a
> > feature you need, not me?
>  That sounds good to me.
> > I can just see me trying to figure this little lot out with a belly full
> > of turkey and "several" beers inside of me 8-P
>  Sounds like a good time to me...well the turkey anyway :)
>  One thing I tripped across tonight is something I completely forgot about.
> There is a callsignnetworkmap and networkiconmap table in the mythconverg
> database That can be populated with mappings of callsign to URL so that
> mythfilldatabase will try to download the icons for you for any callsign
> you have in your channel list. I think a little script to take the data
> I've gathered and import it into those tables would make it much easier for
> most as myth will pull in the icons for them. And of course the more
> comprehensive that data is the less people will have to do manually.
>  I see this tool as a great way to come up with that data. Might be
> more work for me, but should make it much easier for others.

Okay, so the callsign in the channel table is looked up in the 
callsignnetworkmap table, and then the network is looked up in the 
networkiconmap table. Two areas of concern:
1. What would network be set to? Something similar to the name field in the 
channel table???

2. I don't know if or how mythtv utilises these tables, so I'm a bit wary of 
changing them. Are these dominant or recessive over the icon field in the 
channel table? Are these tables used to update the icon field?

I'm not sure if you're asking for a feature added to mythalsig, or just 
pointing out how mythalsig is useful for obtaining the raw data to get 
inserted into these tables.
Steve Boddy

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