[mythtv] Some bugs, suggestions

Leandro Dardini ldardini at tiscali.it
Wed Mar 26 19:56:22 EST 2003


It is hard, it is hard because it is boring. Error checking and
documentation are the boriest thing of programming.

Leandro

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Hurliman" <jhurliman at myrealbox.com>
To: "Development of mythtv" <mythtv-dev at snowman.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 7:37 PM
Subject: Re: [mythtv] Some bugs, suggestions


> How hard would it be to implement some error checking to prevent these
> segfaults? Are segfaults a generally accepted way of telling the user
> that he has something configured wrong?
>
> John Hurliman
>
> Cedar McKay wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >> 1) mythbackend segfaults way too easily. At first I couldn't get it
> >> to run at all, because all it did was segfault when I tried to start
> >> watching live TV. It turned out there were two problems, both of
> >> which caused it to crash horribly with no indication of what is
> >> wrong. 1) the directory I told it to write video to had the wrong
> >> permissions and was therefore not writable. 2) The vbi device was set
> >> to use /dev/vbi but that device didn't exist (it was actually called
> >> /dev/vbi0). This last one bring me to another bug...
> >
> >
> > does it still seg fault now that you have the vbi device and write
> > permissions worked out?
> >
> >>
> >> 4) Even after running mythfilldatabase to refresh the listings, it
> >> didn't delete the no-longer-available channels. I had to do that
> >> manually by connecting to mysql.
> >
> >
> > I think if you re-run setup there is an option to clear the listings.
> >
> >> 1) There doesn't seem to be any way to change channels and stay in
> >> the EPG. Maybe I'm missing a key? (this relates somewhat to #4 as well)
> >>
> >> 2) Volume control doesn't work in the EPG screen
> >>
> >> 3) I can't find a definitive list of keys/functions for each mode.
> >
> >
> > keys.txt in the MC directory.
> >
> >
> >>
> >> 4) It doesn't seem as if the key controls are really oriented towards
> >> remote control usage. For example, the arrows are
> >> fastforward/rewind/chanup/chandown AND do the menu movement. I'm
> >> planning to buy a TiVo remote control (unless anyone has a suggestion
> >> for a better one!) on ebay and use that with my system so it would be
> >> really nice if the keys were one-function enough to work with a real
> >> remote. It makes sense to have multi-use keys on a keyboard, not so
> >> much on a remote control where the buttons have specific labeled
> >> uses. (so, i'd want the chanup/down keys to always function as
> >> chanup/chandown, not menu movement in epg). Perhaps a configurable
> >> keyboard binding system would help.. of course, I'd prefer if it just
> >> had good bindings by default. :)
> >
> >
> > I completely disagree. A keyboard has lots and lots of keys, therefore
> > it is fine to have lots of buttons that do different things. Remotes
> > have limited number of keys, and everyone's remote is different, so I
> > would want as much key re-use as possible. Right now there are
> > bindings to a lot of specific keys, for instance 'e' goes to edit mode
> > and 'm' goes to epg while watching tv. Also as is I control myth
> > without looking at the remote b/c I can do most things with 6 buttons.
> > If we seperated out functions, for instance channel up down from menu
> > up down for some reason I would have to start looking at my remote a
> > lot more to find keys. Folks are talking about a popup menu system so
> > you can just hit a single "menu" button, and a list of possible
> > actions from any particular context would pop up. That would make it
> > possible to do _everything_ with up, down, left, right, enter/space,
> > esc and the number buttons. That sounds sweet to me. We could keep
> > individual buttons for maniacs like you ;-) who need a different
> > remote button for everything.
> >
> >>
> >>
> >> 6) The menu icons seem extraordinarily slow to draw... my computer is
> >> an Athlon 1600+, which is plenty fast enough to do live TV even
> >> underclocked at 1Ghz, yet the menu interface takes about 2 seconds to
> >> draw the options. Can something be done about that?
> >
> >
> > You have some sort of problem. Draws fast for me.
> >
> >
> >
> > this should probably move to myth-users now.
> >
> >
> > Cedar
> >
> >
> >
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