[linux-dvb] GUI version of tzap

Simon Kilvington s.kilvington at eris.qinetiq.com
Wed Dec 7 10:38:12 CET 2005

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Michael Krufky wrote:
> Andy-
> Sorry for double email, I forgot to cc linux-dvb the first time.
> On 12/6/05, Andy Burns <linux-dvb at adslpipe.co.uk> wrote:
>>Hi there,
>>I'm just getting my htpc built, having used scan and tzap of course,
>>before using xine for display so far.
>>Currently the PC is connected to a fairly poor aerial, which of course
>>complicates things, while I found tzap or femon could give useful
>>information, reading a stream of hex digits while pointing an aerial and
>>   fiddling with an amplifier isn't necessarily the easiest thing to do,
>>so I've cooked up gtzap which is a GTK version of tzap, with progress
>>bars used as "meters" for signal/snr/ber which are easier to look at ;-)
>>see http://adslpipe.co.uk/linuxhtpc/images/gtzap1.png
>>It got me thinking, is there a wider need for a decent gui frontend
>>which can guide a user through initial DVB setup? Or have I missed the
>>fact that such a utility already exists ?
>>It could handle detecting cards, channel scanning, either a full (slow)
>>autoscan, or taking "seed" values like scan currently does, or perhaps
>>even looking up tuning details from a central transmitter database which
>>can be updated more frequently than the util/scan/dvb* files from CVS
>>and displaying status information from the tuner.
>>I'm happy to have a go at building such a utility, grabbing whatever
>>bits are need from existing utilities where possible ...
> Screenshot looks great to me.... Does your program depend on tzap to run, or
> did you merge the tzap code into your own code?
> Can this gui be adapted (or does it need to be) to support azap, czap and
> szap?
> It would be best if it could somehow use the code already present in Xzap,
> and only behave as a frontend to the Xzap utility...  Is this what you're
> already doing?
> I think your proposal is a good one... Many dvb newbies (myself included,
> when I first got started) don't know how to go through the process of
> scanning for channels, and proper testing methods...  I think you're onto
> something good, and I don't think there is any easy-to-use utility already
> out there... Does anybody else know different?
> Cheers,
>  Michael Krufky

MythTV is pretty easy to set up now (as of 0.18) - it detects your DVB
cards and has a channel scanner built in - of course, it only sets up
MythTV - you'll have to extract the info you want from its database to
use it in other apps

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