[vdr] [ANNOUNCE] VDR developer version 1.3.44

Klaus Schmidinger Klaus.Schmidinger at cadsoft.de
Sun Feb 26 17:08:13 CET 2006

VDR developer version 1.3.44 is now available at


A 'diff' against the previous version is available at


*** IMPORTANT NOTE **************************************************
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*** This version changes the handling of the "summary" and "flag" ***
*** fields in timer definitions. So in case you are using an      ***
*** external tool for programming timers, which uses that field,  ***
*** please wait until the author of that tool has adapted it to   ***
*** the new handling.                                             ***
***                                                               ***

The changes since version 1.3.43:

- Fixed setting the audio language codes in 'Transfer-Mode' (reported by Rolf
   Ahrenberg). The actual problem was the call to the Transferring() function in
   cDevice::AttachPlayer() before assigning the player.
- Fixed removing the '-' when entering a channel number where there is no other
   one that fits the input (thanks to Joachim Wilke).
- Fixed the 'libsi' function CharArray::checkSize(), which made a previous workaround
   in libsi/descriptor.c obsolete (thanks to Marcel Wiesweg).
- The "Ok" key in the "Jump" mode of the replay progress display now confirms the
   jump instead of closing the display (thanks to Christoph Haubrich).
- The 'summary' field of a timer definition has been renamed to 'aux', and is now
   only used for external applications to store auxiliary information with a timer,
   which has no meaning whatsoever to VDR itself.
   The contents of the 'aux' field of a timer is copied into the recording's
   'info.vdr' file, using the tag character '@'.
- The description of a recording is now taken exclusively from its related EPG
   data. If an application wants to use a different description it needs to set
   it with SVDRP/PUTE and use table ID 0x00, so that it won't be overwritten (as
   a side effect, however, this also disables VPS for such an event).
- There is no more "Summary" menu when pressing "Ok" in the "Timers" menu.
   The "Ok" key now always opens the "Edit timer" menu.
- The upper 16 bit of a timer's "flags" are no longer treated specially when a timer
   is modified in the "Edit timer" menu. If an external application needs to know if
   a timer was modified, it has to keep a copy of the timer's data and compare that
   to the actual data.
- The new function cRecordingInfo::ChannelID() can be used to retrieve the ID of
   the channel a recording was made from.
- The 'info.vdr' file of a recording now also contains the 'E' and 'V' records of
   the EPG event used when creating it.
- The option "Setup/OSD/Sort timers" has been removed. Timers are always sorted
   by their start time and priority.
- The "Blue" key in the "Timers" menu now displays the EPG info of the event the
   selected timer will record (if available). The "On/Off" function has been shifted
   to the "Red" button. Editing a timer is done by pressing "Ok".
- When determining which event a timer is going to record, all available events
   in the future are now taken into account (no more limit to 4 hours in the
   future). This has been done so that the event info is available in the "Timers"
   menu when pressing the "Blue" button. In order to avoid unnecessary work, each
   timer now has its own timestamp to control whether its schedule has changed
   since the last time its event has been set.
- Fixed setting events to timers in case a non-VPS event has expired.
- There is now a log message "timer ... set to event ..." when defining a timer
   from the EPG menu.
- Lines tagged with '#' in the 'info.vdr' file of a recording are now silently
   ignored when reading that file (suggested by Peter Bieringer). Such lines can
   be used by external tools to store arbitrary information.
- The 'event id' in EPG data has been extended to 32 bit, so that external tools
   can generate ids that don't collide with those from the DVB data stream
   (suggested by Matthias Schniedermeyer).
- The DrawBitmap() function now has a new parameter 'Overlay' that allows a bitmap
   to be drawn with a transparent background (thanks to Alexander Hans).
- Fixed cSchedule::GetFollowingEvent() in case there is currently no present event
   running (thanks to Pekka Mauno).

Have fun!


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