[mythtv-users] Using XMLTV and EIT [help!]

David Kubicek foceni at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 21:43:39 UTC 2010

On 01/20/2010 05:23 PM, Mike Perkins wrote:
> Works, and is probably quite common. I have a DVB-T installation. The TV
> channel guide info comes via XMLTV (Radio Times), but there are radio
> channels not covered by XMLTV, so I switch on EIT for those.
> You just have to make sure that every channel that has an xmltvid
> assigned has the EIT switched off, and vice-versa.

OK, I just switched from EIT to XMLTV. Everything is setup correctly 
AFAIK, the grabber, ID's, mythfilldatabase, BUT a big ugly problem surfaced.

I have a XMLTV file with all available channels - for both satellites 
(Video Sources). I have to run mythfilldatabase with --file 1 tv.xml and 
then --file 2 tv.xml, because it wants me to specify a *valid* Source ID 
for it to work. The problem is that both mythfilldatabase runs *create* 
all channels (in mythconverg.channel) that are found in the XML. I 
repeat, it *creates* new "ghost" channels behind the scenes for each 
channel found in the XML.

That's the big issue. Scheduler went nuts, because it sees non-existent 
channels and basically everything has gone tits up. Does this happen to 
anyone else? I mean how come mythfilldatabase is creating new channels, 
just because they're in the XML? It should only take listings matching 
*existing* channels, right? What's the point in creating new *broken* 
channel definitions for the rest?

I think if I had a separate XMLTV file for specific channels on each 
Source, it would work, but I seriously doubt other people do the same. I 
would be a mess. I believe having one XMLTV file with all channels is 
pretty standard thing. I must have a mistake somewhere, be doing 
something wrong...

Any ideas? Thank you!

David Kubicek

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