[mythtv-users] rebalance deleted recordings

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Mar 25 11:06:13 UTC 2014

On 03/25/2014 06:43 AM, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 03/25/2014 04:05 AM, Stephen Worthington wrote:
>> I need to know the free space on a drive by drive basis on my mother's
>> MythTV box, as I have to use MythExport to copy over recordings I make
>> for her from my encrypted satellite subscription channels.  But I have
>> a bash script to tell me that information.
>> She usually has nearly full drives, then when things are about to
>> start being expired automatically, goes around and manually deletes
>> things to make space again so that she does not get the wrong things
>> expiring.
>> I keep track of my free space and usually just add a new drive or
>> replace an older drive with a bigger one when I run out.  Consider me
>> to be a TV hoarder.
>> Everyone uses things in their own different ways, so no one system
>> will suit everyone perfectly.
> Having per-filesystem available space (after Live 
> TV/Deleted/Auto-expirable recordings) reported requires a lot more 
> information than MythTV has, so won't happen for quite some time 
> (until a major change to MythTV and its database).
> "Soon" I'll add a "Space available after auto-expire" section (like 
> the one in the backend status page that people have said is available 
> through MythWeb) to the mythfrontend System Status screen so you can 
> get that information without using MythWeb.
> Note, too, that you can go into Watch Recordings and hit MENU|Change 
> Group Filter, then select Deleted and--depending on UI theme--see how 
> much space is taken by the Deleted recordings.

Oh, and I meant to say that you can set the "Time to retain deleted 
recordings (days)" to any value, then can go into Watch Recordings, 
change to the Deleted recording group (as above), and delete 
shows--which will remove them from disk immediately.  So just because 
you want to be able to figure out how much space is left after deleting 
some shows every once in a while when you're managing space, you don't 
need to keep the retention setting at 0.

You can even select the Deleted recording group in the left column of 
Watch Recordings, then MENU|Add this Group to Playlist, then 
MENU|Playlist Options|Delete to remove all the Deleted recordings in one 
fell swoop.


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