[mythtv-users] Interesting mythfilldatabase failure mode

Nick Morrott knowledgejunkie at gmail.com
Fri May 18 11:18:12 UTC 2007

On 18/05/07, David Kramer <david at thekramers.net> wrote:
> Mythfilldatabase would run manually just fine, but wasn't running
> automatically, even though the configuration screen looked right.
> The problem turned out to be this: The config field "mythfilldatabase
> Log Path" was set to "/data/mythtv/logs"  Apparently it was expecting a
> filename.  "Path" is rather ambiguous.  Sometimes it means the directory
> something is/should be in.  Sometimes it's the directory and filename.

I'd suggest setting the field text to "mythfilldatabase logfile" so
that it's more consistent with the --logfile description from
mythbackend CLI options. Consistency is paramount IMO. The descriptive
text could show "filename (including path) for mythfilldatabase
ouptut" to make it clear what the field is requiring.

I don't think it's useful to see two potentially separate options,
such as "Log" and "Path" when it's not immediately obvious that only
one value is required. Perhaps if the field itself will not be
changed, it should at least be altered to "Log_Path" to make it clear
the field requires a *single* entry, and that "Log" and "Path" both
refer to the same value.


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