[mythtv-users] Does MythWeb assume your Poster directory is in your home directory?

Greg Grotsky spikeygg at gmail.com
Sat Nov 28 06:58:16 UTC 2009

On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 10:44 PM, Michael T. Dean
<mtdean at thirdcontact.com>wrote:

> This is just plain broken.
> I /really/ think someone should take the time to write a user interface
> that allows users to change settings without having to directly edit the
> database.  After all, if you expect users to directly edit the database, it
> would be /extremely/ easy for someone to forget to edit
> VideoArtworkDir--assuming they know what it means--or to just not know what
> it means and, therefore, not realize they need to edit it.
> I propose someone creates some sort of settings application.  Then we could
> create some sort of text edit setting widget that has a label, "Directory
> that holds movie posters," and some help text, "This directory must exist,
> and the user running MythVideo needs to have read/write permission to the
> directory," and we could give a a default value of $HOME/.mythtv/MythVideo .
>  Note how the description/help text even allows us to provide /more/
> information than could be conveyed by a short setting name, like
> "VideoArtworkDir," and more than even a good label, like "Directory that
> holds movie posters."  For example, the one I suggest tells the user that
> the directory needs to exist and that read /and/ write permissions are
> required.
> Then, we could create a means for a user to enter this settings
> application--something like Utilities/Setup|Setup|Media Settings|Video
> Settings|General.  Then, people who want to configure their MythVideo video
> settings would know exactly where to go and would see all the relevant
> settings in that location.
> Making the users directly edit settings in the database is just plain
> broken.  WAF--.  It's just plain lazy for the devs to not provide a settings
> application.
> Oh, wait...
> Moral of the story: don't edit the settings directly in the database.
>  Instead, go to the appropriate area of settings, where you'll find all
> relevant settings.
> Mike


I know, it was stupid.  I didn't want to interrupt my better-half
watching/using the TV and I was trying to do everything ... incognito, over
SSH.  Funny story to prove your sarcastic point: while trying to hack the
changes in I forgot to make my mysql UPDATE statement very specific and
ended up trashing all the settings entries for my database!  Luckily, I had
just created a backup minutes before and did a safe restore of it but it
scared the crap out of me.

Anyway, I probably would have changed it in the menu system if I had known
it was the same thing as what I needed.  I knew mythweb was truncating the
actual filename and appending stuff to create the url.  I found
"VideoArtworkDir" by looking through Video.php in the mythweb plugin
directory, this was the important line:
 $this->cover_url = 'data/video_covers/'.substr($this->cover_file,
strlen(setting('VideoArtworkDir', hostname)));
Then I looked up my "VideoArtworkDir" and found that it needed to be
changed... so I changed it.

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