[mythtv-users] Multiple Directories for Recordings

Harley Peters harley at hpeters.net
Fri Sep 22 17:59:27 UTC 2006

Lincoln Dale wrote:
> [i wasn't subscribed to mythtv-users but saw this thread in the mailing list
> archives.  hence reviving a 2 week old thread :)]
>  > was wondering if it is possible to spread TV show recordings across
>  > multiple directories or disks rather than a single directory.
> if you're prepared to run a SVN-head tree or patch MythTV, YES, this is
> possible.  i've been running a multiple-directories-recording patch now for
> over 5 months.
> the plan is for this to be (hopefully) incorporated into myth 0.21.
> see trac ticket #1744 (http://svn.mythtv.org/trac/ticket/1744).
> if you're up for applying patches,
> http://svn.mythtv.org/trac/attachment/ticket/1744/diff16.txt should do the
> trick.
>  > I would like to move older "do not delete" recordings to a NAS box,
>  > and free up space on my media box.
>  >
>  > Is this possible?
> the way the multiple-directory-recording patch works is it will record in
> all directories (comma-seperated) - choosing the directory that has the most
> free space.
> once a programme has been recorded, you are free to move it between your
> multiple recording directories as you wish ... the actual directory chosen
> for each recording isn't stored in the database, so you can move them
> around.
> deletion of media is as per the standard Myth expiration rules and doesn't
> change as a result of this patch.  i.e. if you mark a programme as "do not
> delete", it won't delete it.
> if you didn't want this patch to actually 'record' into your NAS box,
> perhaps you could add a quick "don't record to this directory" hack to it.
> or better yet, perhaps add a check for a file (e.g. .dontrecordhere) in each
> directory & have it take that into account.
> then you could manually move your recordings across to your NAS box & myth
> will look there (for playing) but won't necessarily record there on its own.
> cheers,
> lincoln.
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Why haven't they applied this patch to the trunk yet ?
It's been around for months and yet i haven't even heard a boo from a 
single developer about it.
For me anyway it's the best addition to mythtv in a long time.

Harley Peters

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