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DvbCronRecording Usage

Remember that you need to press "Activate" to generate the crontab entries. The default assumes that it should not write the /etc/cron.d/* files directly (you need to copy the dvbcronrecording-update-change.cron to /etc/cron.d/dvbcronrecording-update-change.cron once to allow it work) but you can also use a config item in the admin panel to select that it should be written directly.

Note that the system grew out of some local command-line scripts that would convert a list of recording times, channel info and program title into a matching recording script along with a Crontab entry. Transforming it into a Trac-Plugin allows for easier installation on a remote recorder box as well as sharing the recorder by multiple persons with just a web access to the recorder box. This script / plugin is in no way comparable to the advanced multi-media stations like MythTV and LinVDR but on the other hand it is far easier to install.

Installation

The only complex part is in the DvbCronRecordingInstallation - the actual usage of trac plugin should be quite obvious.

Activate!

You can add new recording entries in the recording list as you wish. However remember that any of those changes will NOT change the recorder configuration immediately - instead you need to press "Activate!" to have update the cron recording files.

Each entry has a "prio" attribute to select the priority. This is used so that you can have some regular recordings of low importance while you just add a blockbuster movie with higher priority. If the two recording entries overlap the the entry with lower priority will be shortened or removed. You can see the resulting real recording times by looking at the button "recording plan".

The normal setup assumes you are recording a series - for a single blockbuster movie be sure to enter a "date" so that the recording will only be run on a single day. The date is give just be day-and-month (no year!) since cron would not understand a year description anyway.

The "extra time" is the usual style with non-government TV stations which usually start a little later then announced the end of the broadcast is a little later than announced as well. So if you do not want to miss the end of the blockbuster video then be sure to add a few minutes.

Further Development

The plugin is prepared to manage multiple DVB cards with some channels being even present on multiple input cards. But that does not work at the moment - you need to give the same channel a different name for a different input feed and you need to explicitly set the input channel for a recording entry.

The "extra time" feature was meant that the recording start/end times may be synchronized with a TV station list while the extra time would stay. However that synchronization with an external time source is not in place here.

Permissions

Note that the plugin has quite a number of permission options - may be you do not want some family members to just erase stuff. This can be configured including the option that some access is read-only (or "view-only"). However the initial situation that access is forbidden for everyone and the main task of trac administration revolves around granting permissions to new (non-admin) users.

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