[mythtv-users] Can't seem to permanently delete channels

Gabe Rubin gaberubin at gmail.com
Thu Dec 30 17:56:25 UTC 2010

On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 9:47 AM, Michael T. Dean
<mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
>  On 12/30/2010 12:16 PM, Eric Sharkey wrote:
>> I'm having some trouble deleting channels.
>> For background, I have one HD STB dedicated for MythTV usage.  It's
>> connected to the backend in two ways, both with firewire and also via
>> composite into a PVR-150.  My goal is to have the channels available
>> over firewire record over firewire and those that aren't record
>> through the PVR-150.  I have two channel lineups.  Source 4 is for
>> firewire and source 6 is for the PVR-150.  I initially set up the
>> channels as the same, and planned to delete from source 4 any channels
>> typically unavailable over firewire.  The problem is, they keep coming
>> back.
>> I first tried deleting channels through the channel editor in
>> mythtv-setup.
> This is the correct way.
>>   This appeared to work, but I noticed some time later
>> that I was still getting failed recordings for the channels I deleted.
>>  I checked again and the channels were still there.
> Because mythfilldatabase re-added the channels because you did not remove
> them from your Schedules Direct lineup (the same would have happened if
> using XMLTV and you didn't remove them from your XMLTV configuration).

There are several ways to resolve this.
One is to deselect the channel from your schedules direct lineup.
Another is to have mythfilldatabase use the --remove-new-channels flag
when it runs (there is an option in either mythtv-setup or the
settings in mythtv to add flags for mythfilldatabase to use).
The final option is to just hide the channel using the channel editor
in mythweb (and presumably elsewhere).

Note that if you do the first option, these channels likely won't be
available to your other tuners, so that is not a good option.  If you
use the second option and your lineup adds channels, they won't
automatically get added to your database.  This is why I use the third

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