[mythtv-users] MythTV Status in your MOTD

Ryan Pisani mythtv at frouse3.homelinux.com
Thu Nov 15 23:57:33 UTC 2007

> Andrew Ruthven wrote:
>> Gidday,
>> The other day I was recompiling some kernels during the day on our
>> MythTV backend, which at the time happened to be recording my wifes
>> favourite program (Grey's Anatomy, we discovered it part way through the
>> season, so the repeats are good).  It turns out the compiling caused
>> some issues with the recording (which reduced the WAF).
>> So to increase the WAF, I'm making sure this doesn't happen again.  I've
>> written a script that spits out the MythTV status which is then
>> displayed in the MOTD.
>> I've found this is a pretty effective way of letting me know of any
>> upcoming recordings and what is going to be happening on the system in
>> the next little while.  It is a whole lot easier than using the status
>> page on MythWeb.
>> I thought some of you might be interested. If you are, check out:
>>   http://www.etc.gen.nz/projects/mythtv/mythtv-status.html
>> Sample output:
>> MythTV status for localhost
>> ===========================
>> Status: Mon Oct 15 2007, 8:41 AM
>> Encoders:
>> cerberus (9) - Idle
>> cerberus (12) - Idle
>> Scheduled Recordings:
>> 2007-10-15 13:30:00 - Grey's Anatomy
>> 2007-10-15 18:00:00 - 3 News
>> 2007-10-15 20:30:00 - Mythbusters
>> 2007-10-15 22:00:00 - Flight Of The Conchords
>> 2007-10-16 13:30:00 - Grey's Anatomy
>> 2007-10-16 18:00:00 - 3 News
>> I run Debian, so there is a .deb.  For those not running Debian there is
>> a tarball (but the MOTD updating glue is Debian specific at the moment).
>> For those interested in hacking there is a git repository.
>> Hopefully I'm not the only one that finds this useful.
>> Cheers!
> I haven't tried your script yet, but it sounds like it (or a modified
> version of it) might be useful for something I've been meaning to do,
> which is to generate a text file version of all the upcoming recordings.
> I've had a couple of outages of my MythTV box recently, and I've
> becoming so reliant on it that I find it very hard to go back to
> 'normal' TV, i.e. looking in listings magazines and trying to remember
> which episodes of a show I have seen and which I haven't.
> I was thinking that if I could get Myth to log (or email me) a list of
> all upcoming recordings, that would be something I could use to guide my
> normal TV watching if necessary.

You could just cron a dump of upcoming recordings as listed by mythbackend:

mythbackend --printsched | mail you at yourmail.com


> I was thinking of a wget on mythweb, but a more nicely formatted text
> file output would be easier to read.
> Cheers,
> John
> --
> John Veness, MythTV user, UK, DVB-T
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