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epgsearchuservars.conf - User defined variables

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epgsearchuservars.conf - User defined variables


In this file you can defines variables which then can be used in epgsearch in any play where variables are possible.


Variables looks like %Variablename%.
"Variablename" can be consist of any alphanumerical character. Space and special characters are not allowed.
The variable names are case-insensitive.
Examples for possible names:
 %Series% %DocuVar1% %ThemesSubtitleDate1%


 %Series%=New series~Thriller
The variable %Series% will be assigned with the string "New series~Thriller".
Assignments are always strings. Spaces stay spaces.
The variable %Path% gets the content of the variable %Series%.
You can do nearly everything:
The variable %Path% contains now the string "New series~Thriller~Lost".

Control structures

You can use simple "if then else" constructions.
These constructions cannot contain strings, only variables. Spaces are ignored.
 %Variable%=%Path% ? %Path% : %Foo%
If %Path% is not empty, assign the content of %Path% to %Variable%, otherwise the content of %Foo%.
"%Path% ?" means "not empty?". You can use other checks.
 %Variable%=%Path%!=5 ? %Path% : %Foo%
"%Path%!=5 ?" means "is %Path% equal 5?"
You can also compare variables.
 %Variable%=%Path%!=%Five% ? %Path% : %Foo%
Other possible checks:
 ==   equal
 !=   not equal

Calling a system command

You can call external commands. The returned string will be assigned to a variable
 %Result%=system(scriptname,%Variable1% %Variable2% -f %Variable3% --dir=%Variable4% --dummy)
Calls the script "scriptname" with the parameters "%Variable1%", "%Variable2%", etc. The result will be stored in %Result%.
You can use as many variables as you want.
If needed, epgsearch will quote the variable.
The script must return a string without line break!
If the script returns nothing, an empty string will be assigned to the Variable %Result%.

Possible variables

The following variables exist:
 %time%           - start time in format HH:MM
 %timeend%        - end time in format HH:MM
 %date%           - start date in format TT.MM.YY
 %datesh%         - start date in format TT.MM.
 %time_w%         - weekday name
 %time_d%         - start day in format TT
 %time_lng%       - start time in seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00
 %title%          - title
 %subtitle%       - subtitle
 %summary%        - summary
 %htmlsummary%    - summary, where all CR are replaced with '<br />'
 %eventid%        - numeric event ID
 %<epg-category>% - a value from the extended EPG categories, specified in
                    F<epgsearchcats.conf>, like %genre% or %category%
 %chnr%           - channel number
 %chsh%           - the short channel name
 %chlng%          - the 'normal' channel name
 %chdata%         - VDR's internal channel representation (e.g. 'S19.2E-1-1101-28106')
 %colon%          - the sign ':'
 %datenow%        - current date in format TT.MM.YY
 %dateshnow%      - current date in format TT.MM.
 %timenow%        - current time in format HH:MM
 %videodir%       - VDR video directory (e.g. /video)
 %plugconfdir%    - VDR plugin config directory (e.g. /etc/vdr/plugins)
 %epgsearchdir%   - epgsearch config directory (e.g. /etc/vdr/plugins/epgsearch)
See also "epgsearchcats.conf(5)".


 # Weekday, Date, Time
 %DateStr%=%time_w% %date% %time%
 # Themes or Subtitle or Date
 %ThemesSubtitleDate1%=%Subtitle% ? %Subtitle% : %DateStr%
 %ThemesSubtitleDate%=%Themes% ? %Themes% : %ThemesSubtitleDate1%
 # Calls this script to get a recording path


epgsearch(1), "epgsearchcats.conf(5)"

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Mike Constabel <epgsearch (at) constabel (dot) net>


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