[mythtv-users] How to correctly use 'mythfilldatabase'?

David Watkins watkinshome at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 11:25:24 UTC 2007

On 31/01/07, Eduard Huguet <eduardhc at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>     Maybe I'm a little dumb or just I haven't understood the whole purpose
> of mythfilltabase, but there's no way I can make it work correctly.
> My situation is the following:
>     Currently I have a Hauppauge Nova-T 500 card that works fine with
> MythTV. Well, nearly fine, as I'm unable to do any scanning from within
> MythTV, but doing it from the outside using dvbscan and importing thev
> resulting " channels.conf" file works fine for me. I think it's a problem of
> antenna (my building antenna lacks some of the required amplifiers for
> DVB-T) or driver, but that's not the purpose of this message. As said, using
> an external-generated channel configuration I can watch TV without problems.
>     The problem is that I want to use one of the two XMLTV grabbers
> available for Spain (tv_grab_es and tb_grab_es_laguiatv), but there's no way
> I can associate the info downloaded with them to my existing channels in
> MythTV. First of all: ┐is it possible? I mean, ┐how can I tell MythTV that
> the XMLTV channel 'X' corresponds to my DVB-T channel 'X'?

Hi Eduard,

I'm in the UK, using tv_grab_uk_rt.

When I configured xmltv it asked me for the channels that I wanted to
include.  When I finished choosing channels it created a file in
~/.xmltv/ called:


containing a line for each channel that I had selected.  eg.

channel london.bbc1.bbc.co.uk

So, in the mythtv channel editor, for BBC1, I entered
london.bbc1.bbc.co.uk in the xmltv_id field.

I don't know whether the spanish grabbers are configured in the same
way, but maybe this will help you.


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