[vdr] RfC: add encryption and compression to VDR

Klaus Schmidinger Klaus.Schmidinger at tvdr.de
Fri Nov 12 17:20:58 CET 2010

On 12.11.2010 17:04, Christian Tramnitz wrote:
> Right now when the needs of a vdr extension goes beyond core SVDRP
> capabilities a different approach is being used by the each extensions.
> Prominent examples are:
> - vdradmin (using native SVDRP and suffering from its performance,
> optional use of direct file access to epg data)
> - live-plugin (integrating into vdr as plugin)
> - vdr iphone remote (using native SVDRP and due the bad performance and
> encryption capabilities an optional web-based interface)
> (and I'm sure there are more)
> While this is not bad per se there is obviously room for improvement. So
> my idea was to introduce a new standardized interface to VDR (either as
> plugin or native SVDRP commands) to plugins/extensions offering:
> - encryption (to be able to use it remotely in a more secure fashion)
> - compression (to overcome performance limitations especially when large
> amount of epg data have to be transferred)
> - and optionally authentication for obvious reasons
> Now I would like to start a few discussions related to this topic, the
> ones that come to my mind mind first are:
> - Should this be implemented as plugin or in core vdr as svdrp extension?
> - Would Klaus accept patches if this will be native SVDRP?

No. If at all, this has to go into a plugin.

> - Are developers/maintainers of current or feature plugins/extensions
> interested in such a solution?
> - What technical implementation would make most sense?
> - Who would be willing to contribute to such a project?
> For the first step I was thinking about adding a "STARTTLS" command to
> core vdr (as patch) handling encryption and maybe also tranparent
> compression. This taks should be fairly easy as we could borrow ideas or
> even code from existing projects using STARTTLS (like mail servers).
> Authentication however would require a major redesign as far as I can tell.

Definitely no authentication or encryption stuff in core VDR.


> German version of this discussion can be found here:
> http://www.vdrportal.de/board/thread.php?threadid=101357

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