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.

Ideally, there would be a DNS change and the IP for the existing hostname (which is hard-coded in the source) would be pointed to a new IP address and no action would be required by MythTV SD users. However, the owner of that hostname (which is not SD) could 'retire' that DNS record at any time.

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

Nothing.

What must be done on November 1st.

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

Users running 0.26 and below, should 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 /etc/hosts entry a proper solution? No, because it points the 'old' hostname 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.

Cast of characters (both of them.)

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 hostname with the new one above. Be prepared to remove the change when the official commit is pushed.

git grep webservices.schedulesdirect.tmsdatadirect.com