[mythtv-users] feature request - mail interface

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Wed Jun 22 04:15:28 UTC 2016

On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 3:41 PM, George Nassas <gnassas at mac.com> wrote:

> On Jun 21, 2016, at 3:55 PM, Douglas Sargent <dbsargent at gmail.com> wrote:
> > on a trip away from home, and wanted to check on the status of Mythtv.
> Since I don't have the router open, there is no way of checking to see if
> its alive and recording. So I thought it could be cool if we could email it
> and get it do do stuff:
> This isn’t very hard to do: create a unique email address somewhere, like
> one of the free email services, and have a regular myth job that polls for
> new emails and replies with info. I did something like that for a friend
> who gets tons of private youtube links to videos of nieces and nephews
> doing cute things. She forwards those to the magic email address and my
> script picks them up, scans for youtube links, downloads, and sticks them
> into myth as recordings. That’s more complication than you need but the
> magic email address and myth polling is the part you’re interested in.
> > features:
> >     - backend status
> >     - upcoming recordings
> >      - recording programs
> These are trivial. There is already an endpoint in myth’s internal
> webserver that returns nicely formatted html showing current & upcoming
> recording activity, machine status, and disk space. It’s easy to send that
> out as html mail. Andrew’s script is a good approach too.
> >      - create a recording schedule
> This sounds difficult. Parsing freeform input is tough and requiring
> strictly formatted emails is onerous. Plus without listings how do you
> supply accurate titles etc. Better to create a way to initiate a secure
> connection to the myth box and use mythweb. But, it would be cool if you
> pulled it off so don’t let me discourage you.

Cool would be to schedule recordings in, say, google calendar.

I have seen people use google calendar for things like scheduling air
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