[vdr] How to change channels.conf externally into a running vdr?

Alex Betis alex.betis at gmail.com
Wed May 27 10:16:48 CEST 2009

On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 5:21 AM, Seppo Ingalsuo <seppo.ingalsuo at iki.fi>wrote:

> Hi,
> In a setup with multiple vdr instances sharing the same dvb tuners it's
> practical to keep one as a master that upgrades channels.conf
> automatically and the other instances get periodically a new copy of the
> channels configuration. That allows manual editing of channels in the
> master vdr and running plugins like autosort there.
> I'm now killing my secondary vdr instances while the channels are copied
> by a cron job every night. It would be more practical for remote
> vdr-sxfe clients to keep vdr processes running to avoid loosing the
> streaming connection. Is it possible to signal somehow vdr to reread
> it's entire channels.conf when it has been changed externally? By SVDRP?

I'm not aware of such thing, but if someone is going to implement it, there
is a need for 2 commands, something like:
- Pause channels update
- Reload channels list + resume update

Otherwise there is a chance VDR update will overwrite the new channel list.

> Seppo
> PS. It would be nice if multiple displays with shared server related
> architecture improvements were on Klaus'  hidden roadmap  ;^) At the
> moment when running several vdrs there is a mess with channels
> synchronization, live tv pausing, live & recording dvb subtitles,
> generally problems due to pay-tv watching (CAID as zero) by preventing
> allowing pid updates on secondary clients, etc.
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