[vdr] Impact in cDevice::GetDevice

L. Hanisch dvb at flensrocker.de
Wed Aug 25 17:49:51 CEST 2010


Am 25.08.2010 08:52, schrieb Rainer Blickle:
>> This impact algorithm has evolved over time and is a very fragile thing.
> Looks like only people have very deep insight in this algorithm should
> change it.
>> For alternate channel, wouldn't it be better to try all possible
>> channels one after the other until one succeeds? I would not expect
>> GetDevice to return a device for a different channel than requested.
> I have two different solutions in mind.
> The first one:
> Modify the cDevice::GetDevice method. It returns a device able to
> provide the same "semantic" channel as requested ("semantic channel" =
> channel with the same programme).
> Modify the cDevice::SetChannel method. If the requested channel
> couldn't be provided by the device, the method will try to provide the
> configured alternatives one.
> Pros: The user have the epg and the original channel number on the osd
> Cons: Modifies the methods in an unexpected way. Plugins and other
> parts of the vdr doesn't work anymore.
> The second one:
> When pressing CH+/- or selecting an channel directly (via 0-9) and the
> selected channel is not available, switch the channel explicit to an
> alternative one. (explicit = also display the channel number and the
> epg of the alternative channel).
> Pros: After switching to the new channel, the vdr is in a clean and
> consitent state.
> Cons: The vdr has switched to complete another channel when using CH+/-.
> Checking for timer conflicts won't work correctly in both ways
> (without changes), because this algorithm doesn't know about
> alternative channels. But it would be much easier to implement this
> when using the second approach.

  a third one (just comes to my mind, not deeply thought about):

  Write a device-plugin which provides a new source. Then you will have your own channels. In each channel entry you can 
configure which "real" channels are behind this and the plugin will attach a receiver to the next free "real" device and 
passes through the data. That would be a transparent way for recordings, live tv etc. and you don't have to patch vdr 
(hopefully). You only have to look where to get the epg but I think there's a "copy epg from one channel to 


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