[mythtv-users] documentation for "Commercial Flagger, command" setting in myth-settings

Chris Pinkham cpinkham at bc2va.org
Wed Sep 26 02:31:20 UTC 2007

* On Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 09:40:35PM -0400, Tom Metro wrote:
> You seem a bit more certain about the behavior in this comment than in 
> the earlier message.

Probably has more sleep when I wrote the other one. :)

> If this is correct, then I guess the answer is that MythTV applies some 
> magic to that field, but only if it hold one of two specific values. I'm 
> unclear as to why that route was chosen. What was the benefit to not 
> showing the literal command with the arguments on the default setting? 
> (Such an approach should have been simpler to code.)

It's a lot easier to tell someone "clear out that field and let the
JobQueue do it's job" than to tell them "ok, you broke it, you need to
type in exactly this to get it working again... blah blah blah".

> In any case, this really need to be covered in the wiki. If you don't 
> have time to do, I'll add it, but I'd like a suggestion as to where to 
> put it. The user manual section on the back-end setup seems to devolve 

To be honest, I hate documenting things. :|  I'd just put a brief
explanation of the fields in the manual section and link to the
User Jobs page:  http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/User_Jobs

You could just say you can leave this field empty or put in a full
command including all arguments necessary to flag or transcode a
particular show.  You can give the two examples that I gave in the
post in this link showing how to use ionice to nice mythcommflag and


> pile of fields with none. But maybe it'll help encourage others to flesh 
> out the rest.

Yeah.  Somebody has to start. :)

> > I think you can even put multiple commands in the "Commercial Flagger
> > command" setting as long as they are separated by a semi-colon.
> Once the basics are documented on the wiki, I'll add a note about 
> multiple commands after I try it.



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