Schedules Direct URL Change

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Schedules Direct (SD) Changes

As some have heard, on November 1st, 2014, the existing SD service is changing. This Wiki is intended to be a short discussion of options for MythTV users.

What must users do prior to November 1st, 2014?

Nothing.

What must be done on November 1st (or can be done now.)

If running 0.27 or 0.28-pre, users need only keep their backends up to date.

Ideally, there would be a DNS change and the existing URL (which is hard-coded in the source) would be pointed to the new IP address and no action would be required by MythTV SD users. However, the owner of that URL (which is not SD) said that won't be done.

Users running 0.26 and below, see the followng section.

Is there anything users can do to try the replacement now?

Yes, perhaps the simplest is to make the following entry in the backend's /etc/hosts file:

54.84.32.205 docs.tms.tribune.com webservices.schedulesdirect.tmsdatadirect.com

The new server is working well. But the more users testing it, the better. (Better to discover any problems now than on 11/1.)

Is the hosts entry a proper solution. No, because it points the 'old' URL to one of two Load Balancers in front of the SD host. It's not bad, it's just not the best.

Are there any other sources of information about the change?

Yes.

The official announcement from SD.

List of open issues, also from SD.

The mythtv-users mailing list under the thread: Schedules Direct DataDirect replacement service testing. Or, it's archive). Please don't start new testing threads.

Discussions on the developer's channel.

What do the various names being mean?

Abbreviated Name URL Description
TMS-DD docs.tms.tribune.com webservices.schedulesdirect.tmsdatadirect.com Tribune hosted Datadirect Server (going away)
SD-DD dd.schedulesdirect.org SD hosted DataDirect Server


Can users that build from source make a change now?

Yes.

Locate the line to change with the following command and replace the URL with the new one above. Be prepared to remove the change when the official commit is pushed.

git grep webservices.schedulesdirect.tmsdatadirect.com