[mythtv-users] Standard way to give real names to recording file names?
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Fri Apr 25 12:34:28 UTC 2008
On 04/25/2008 07:57 AM, Ronald Frazier wrote:
>> Make sure you specify the --link argument, though. Otherwise, you're on your
>> own with the problems that can occur when you actually rename the files.
> I've seen this mentioned several times. If running it without the
> --link parameter is so bad, shouldn't the default for the script be to
> assume the --link parameter unless something like a --nolink parameter
> is given? Seems like a terrible idea to have a script that gives the
> typically undesirable result by default.
Not everyone believes that running without --link is so bad. Those who
run it with a format that will always result in a short enough filename
(was 127 characters, including extension, now 255 characters--i.e. who
don't include description or whatever) and who don't use spaces (i.e.
who specify --underscores) and who don't have non-ASCII characters
(really non-latin1 characters) in the resultant filenames (and probably
some other criteria I'm forgetting) don't see the problems. And,
really, someone who does change the names is likely to run for a long
time before noticing any problems.
So, basically, mythrename.pl without the --link argument is a rope you
can use to hang yourself. And, to make it even easier, we've even
affixed that rope to a nice gallows and made a nice hangman's knot on
the end (by making the user type --link).
However, unlike most nooses (neese?), the mythrename.pl noose has an undo:
mythrename.pl --format "%c_%Y%m%d%H%i%s"
which will put all the filenames back to their original (correct) format.
I just happen to believe that users shouldn't mess with the MythTV files
directly. Using links to make a view is much better, anyway. I have my
system run mythrename.pl --link 5 times per half hour (could use a user
job, but it doesn't take that much resources***) to create multiple
views sorted by start time, title/start time, recording group/title,
category/title, title/original airdate (see attached wrapper script at
http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/330781#330781 ). Try
to do that (make 5 differently-sorted views) by running mythrename.pl
without the --link argument.
Besides, if we change the way things work after many MythTV releases
containing mythrename.pl, I'm sure a lot of people would be upset. :)
***Now, I'm starting to get motivated to add some single-instance and
"last-run" support to the wrapper script to make it useful for a user job.
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