[mythtv-users] Problem with mythrename.pl and DVB Radio Recordings

Ian Barton lists at manor-farm.org
Thu Jan 31 13:06:48 UTC 2008

>> I am not sure if this has always been a problem, or I have only just 
>> found out about it. I am running the latest svn of MythTV
> I'm assuming you mean the "latest" (which really means "recent" ;) SVN 
> trunk.
>>  and have noticed that mythrename was getting "stuck" on certain 
>> programs.
>> Running mythrename.pl --verbose --link /mylinks_dir
>> I can see that when it reaches a radio recording it simply "hangs", 
>> with no errors or other output. These are recordings made from UK DVB 
>> Freview radio channels.
>> If I delete the recorded radio programs, mythrename works as expected. 
>> It's not just one particular program, but seems to happen with any 
>> radio recording.
> What happens when you apply the attached patch to mythrename.pl?  Note:  
> It is not meant as a solution to your problem (thus the name), but 
> should help identify if the problem is what I think it may be.  It 
> simply disables the "filetype" check (which is currently performed using 
> mplayer).
> You should be able to apply the patch by going into the directory 
> containing mythrename.pl (or a copy of mythrename.pl) and issuing the 
> command:
> patch -Np1 -i /path/to/mythtv-mythrename_filetype_hack.patch
> Note that once the patch is applied all your links will have the ".mpg" 
> extension--even those that refer to NUV files.  This is unimportant 
> unless you're using the links with a broken OS that relies on filename 
> extensions to figure out a file's content type.
> If the patch allows mythrename.pl to succeed, please reply with the 
> output of:
> mplayer -v -v -v -v -nolirc -nojoystick \
>        -vo null -ao null -frames 1 \
>        -identify '/path/to/radio_recording.mpg' 2>&1 |
>  tee ~/mplayer_identify_radio_output
> This can be used to "fix" the bindings to work on radio streams.
> Thanks,
> Mike


The patch allowed mythrename.pl to run without stopping. The output from 
  the mplayer command is very large. I have appended what appears to be 
the relevant part from the start of the file. Let me know if you need 
any more.


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