[mythtv-users] Duplicate matching doesn't seem to work

Stephen Robertson stephengrobertson at gmail.com
Tue Nov 6 18:09:36 UTC 2007

I understand the logic that if there is no subtitle and no description then it must assume they are different episodes  but if they have different descriptions but just each have a blank subtitle surely it would make sense to ignore the fact there are no subtitles and check the descriptions.

Thanks for your very quick reply, I appreciate your help.

-----Original Message-----
From: "Brett Kosinski" <fancypantalons at gmail.com>

Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 10:59:08 
To:"Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Duplicate matching doesn't seem to work

> Thanks for your replies.
> Not sure I've explained myself very well.

No, I got it the first time. :)

> What I'm seeing is that if the subtitles are the same but non empty
> then it uses the description alone to successfully differentiate the
> episodes, however if they are both empty then it will schedule both
> episodes.

Yes, that's correct.  Again, in the absence of any description, MythTV
will assume that they may, in fact, be different episodes, and record
both.  For example, in my lineup, The Daily Show and The Colbert
Report *never* have descriptions, even for new airings.  Clearly, this
is a deficiency in the guide data, so Myth assumes, in the absence of
info to the contrary, that the episodes may in fact be different, and
records them both, regardless of any duplicate detection settings.

> Actually just come across a posting from ages ago
> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/52712#52712
> that suggests that what I think I am seeing was a problem a very long
> time ago but has been fixed.
> What I am wondering is there an option buried somewhere to telly myth
> to treat empty fields as identical.

Not that I'm personally aware of, though I admit I've never actually
gone looking for one.  Certainly that thread you identified suggests
it's possible, though (however, there is no per-recording option... I
just checked mythweb, and I see nothing relevant).

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