[mythtv-users] MythTV Image Gallery questions

Jerome Yuzyk jerome at supernet.ab.ca
Thu Jan 17 18:53:32 UTC 2019

On Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:24:31 AM MST Bill Meek wrote:
> On 1/17/19 9:58 AM, Jerome Yuzyk wrote:
> > On Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:23:25 AM MST Stephen Worthington wrote:
> >> On Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:27:39 -0700, you wrote:
> >>> [0.28 FE/BE on Fedora 24]
> >>> 
> >>> I'm interested in using MythTV Image Gallery to run a slideshow of my
> >>> collected images.
> >>> 
> >>> My images would come from several pools distributed across a number of
> >>> directories, so I thought I'd just create 1 new directory, maybe in
> >>> ~mythtv, and fill it with softlinks from the all the image directories,
> >>> which I can do with a script.
> >>> 
> >>> I can't see from the Wiki or anywhere else that the Gallery will follow
> >>> softlinks. Does it?
> >> 
> >> There is actually no need to use soft links.  The new Image Gallery
> >> code uses storage groups, so you can just use mythtv-setup to point a
> >> storage group entry at each location for your picture files.  You need
> >> to restart mythfrontend to get it to see new storage group directories
> >> in a scan.
> > 
> > Well there is, actually - I have a dozen or so different directories and
> > don't want to have to add them all (and others as they are created) when
> > a script to make 1 directory of softlinks would do the job much more
> > elegantly.
> You can use the Services API from a script:
> curl --data GroupName=Photographs --data DirName=/whereEverYouLike --data
> HostName=yoursHere yourBackend:6544/Myth/AddStorageGroupDir
> RemoveStorageGroupDir works with the same parameters.

Yes, after a morning coffee that seems eminently sensible! Thanks to you and 
Ian. I prefer my API-fu over my SQL-fu since I have more practice with the 

Now, suppose a fella wanted to control _which_ images were available from that 
cluster... My thought with the Pile o' Softlinks was that my script would be 
somewhat selective in the links it made (like ignoring photos of gallery cards 
in a directory of 500 shots from an art gallery). Come to think of it, I may 
have much more than a dozen directories to add....

Is softlinks support actively avoided (because of the circularity problem) or 
on the queue?

I may need to use something external and just have a main menu entry for it, 
like I do for YouTube.

I'll definitely try the API though.

A little of Jerome's MythTV World: http://mythtv.bss.ab.ca

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