- Configuration of the
additional EPG information
Some EPG providers deliver additional EPG information like the type of event,
the video and audio format, cast,...
Using tvm2vdr or epg4vdr you can import this into vdr. To use this information
with search timers one has to configure it with the file epgsearchcats.conf in
your plugins config directory.
Sample files for epgsearchcats.conf
are delivered with the plugin in the
Simply copy the one that fits for you to your plugins config directory with
filename epgsearchcats.conf and then have a look to the search timers edit
menu (after a restart of VDR).
Since setting up a new epgsearchcats.conf
is a lot of work, I've added a
small tool 'createcats', that makes the biggest part of the job. It should
have been compiled with the plugin and exists in the sources directory.
See createcats(1) for information about how to use it.
epgsearch scans the summary of an event for the category name
followed by ': ' for all categories that have a corresponding value set in the
search timer. The search is case sensitive regarding the category name as also
ID|category name(,format)|name in menu|values separated by ','(option)|searchmode(option)
- 'ID' should be a unique positive integer
(changing the id later on will force you to re-edit your search timers!)
- 'category name' is the name as delivered by the EPG provider, e.g. 'Genre'
you can optionally provide a format specifier for numeric values, e.g.
- 'name in menu' is the name displayed in epgsearch.
- 'values' is an optional list of possible values
- 'searchmode' specifies the search mode:
0 - the whole term must appear as substring
1 - all single terms (delimiters are ',', ';', '|' or '~')
must exist as substrings. This is the default search mode.
2 - at least one term (delimiters are ',', ';', '|' or '~')
must exist as substring.
3 - matches exactly
4 - regular expression
10 - less
11 - less or equal
12 - greater
13 - greater or equal
14 - equal
15 - not equal
(Lines are shortened for correct displaying)
Example for EPG from HXrzu, downloaded from epgdata.com with tvmovie2vdr.
9|Rating|Bewertung|GroXartig besonders wertvoll,Annehmbar,Schwach|2
epgsearch(1), "epgsearchcats.conf(5)", createcats(1)
Mike Constabel <epgsearch (at) constabel (dot) net>
Bug reports (german):
Copyright (C) 2004-2010 Christian Wieninger
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