Automatic Parental Control Settings - Mythvideo hack/feature request
A quick db hack that enforces Parental Control levels based on a set of rules. This is for advanced users willing to put the fate of their video metadata into their own hands.
Hack: Rule based parental control
While the parental level controls in MythVideo are rudimentary, they are at least enough and get the job done and I'm quite grateful that they are in place. However, when trying to set the levels of large collections of files, the video-by-video nature of the feature is just too cumbersome. The following is an initial hack of the MySQL tables to automatically set the parental control levels based upon filename matching rules.
Let the parental control levels be automatically set for files in specific locations or for files with specific naming conventions.
You should already know how and be able to log into your database from the mysql text console with permissions to administer your MythTv tables. See Category:MySQL for details and answers about the database itself.
Warnings & Caveats
This is the section where I make scary statements and relieve myself of responsibility for anything that might go wrong and of the responsibility to teach anyone how to use MySQL and database tools.
I categorize this as being for advanced users only because I am advising direct database alterations. If you are confused about what I'm talking about in describing what to do or how the hack works don't just keep plugging along. If you are lost with what is described, please read up on basic database and trigger concepts and how to use the mysql text console.
</scary-section> It's really not that scary if you're at all familiar with the MySQL tools and concepts. Plus, we're dealing with the video metadata which isn't crucial for basic operation. Mythvideo is willing to repopulate the information if it is totally lost, but that won't happen since you backed everything up first :)
The automatic control setting is accomplished with a small number of additions to the mythconverg database:
BEFORE INSERTtrigger named
BEFORE UPDATEtrigger named
- function named
- table named
Triggers are configured snippets of SQL that get executed when certain events occur. So by registering a
BEFORE INSERT trigger, every time data is about to be put into the
videometadata table, the registered SQL snippet gets a chance to alter the data before it is put into the table. Likewise the
BEFORE UPDATE trigger allows the registered SQL snippet to similarly massage the incoming data about a movie.
The triggers both call the added
getVideoAutolevel function with the video's filename. The function masks off the configured video root and then looks for an entry in the added
videoautolevel table. If a match occurs, the associated parental control level is returned. For multiple matches, the highest level is returned. If no match occurs, zero is returned. Return values of zero indicate that the parental control level should not be changed.
Mythvideo stores the full filename for each video in the metadata, but since they are all located in the same root directory, there's no need to also repeat the root portion for the rules.
The initial named patterns set in
videoautolevel are as follows:
|Pattern Name||Directory Pattern||Control Level|
Some example video file names and how each would be rated with the default rating rules. For clarity, the video root value for the sample file paths has not been included in the examples below.
|File Path||Control Level Set|
|cartoons/Return of the Smurfs.avi||untouched|
- Matches are NOT case sensitive.
- If a video's location does not match anything in the table, the showlevel (the parental level) isn't touched.
- If multiple patterns apply to a video's filename, the highest parental control level is used.
- New patterns can be added to the table as one sees fit, but I've not provided a way to do it other than through direct database manipulation. In fact I'm hoping someone runs with this and creates a more user-friendly mode of operation that ties into the larger platform naturally.
- Simple database wildcard matching is being performed for the matches. In SQL, the wildcard is '%' not '*'. Knowing this, one could create a rule like '%/rated/r/' to automatically set control levels for nested directory structures such as 'movies/rated/r/restricted.mpg'.
- Rules can be written to ignore directory structure. In this case, the match is against all of the text of the filename itself, but matching this generally can get tricky and isn't as intuitive. The rule '%simpsons' would match all filenames that contained the text 'simpsons' in it such as:
- Once installed, only videos that are altered or added will have their control level automatically set. The installation process does not examine preexisting entries. (If you want to do this, see the 'Tips & Tricks' section below)
See this page. Feature_Wishlist_(Plugin_Addons)_mythvideo_autolevel_script
Tips & Tricks
Various SQL statements to manage matching rules.
Add a rule
To add a new rule where all files located in the 'coolVideos' directory to be set to level 2. Here's the SQL to do it:
INSERT INTO videoautolevel(name, path, showlevel) VALUES('cool vids', 'coolVideos/', 2);
This can be saved into a file (coolRule.sql for instance) and executed like this (assuming 'root' can log in and doesn't require a password):
mysql mythconverg -u root < coolRule.sql
or just entered at the mysql command line:
~$ mysql -u root mythconverg -A ... mysql> INSERT INTO videoautolevel(name, path, showlevel) VALUES('cool vids', 'coolvideos/', 2); Query OK, 1 row affected (0.02 sec) mysql> exit Bye
Delete a rule
To delete the 'cool vids' rule added above:
DELETE FROM videoautolevel WHERE name='cool vids';
List all rules
To list all rules, here is the SQL statement:
SELECT * FROM videoautolevel;
Adjust all existing video entries
To retroactively set levels according to rule definitions (Note that this will only alter entries that match against the current rules, you can't for instance remove a rule, run this and get back to where you were before the rule existed):
UPDATE videometadata SET showlevel = getVideoAutolevel(filename) WHERE getVideoAutolevel(filename) > 0 ;
(Yes, I'm calling the function twice, if someone knows how to do this more efficiently AND more succinctly, I'm all ears :) )
- This could easily be extended to do things like look at the 'rating' of the movie (such as what is entered via IMDB entries) or other criteria to set the showlevel. A non-hacked approach would be to make the showlevel value be explicitly a computed value with user-settable overrides.