[vdr] old recordings are not deleted

cedric.dewijs at telfort.nl cedric.dewijs at telfort.nl
Sat Oct 22 07:51:00 CEST 2011

Am 21.10.2011 20:47, schrieb cedric.dewijs at telfort.nl:
> I have installed VDR. It runs great, but it has one problem. It does not
> delete my old recordings. I have a lot of recordings, and they all have
> lifetime of 0. See also the following info file:
VDR deletes old recordings if
- Disk space on the root video directory is less than 1Gb (39 min)
- The recording is on the file system(s) of the root video directory
- The recording is not edited (does not start with %)
- The guaranteed lifetime has expired (99 never expires)
- In case of lifetime=0, the current recording needs higher priority
than the old recording

The first two rules about the root video directory do account for
everything within the usual /video.00, /video.01, etc. folders, but not
any directory trees mounted to sub-directories. So if you mount a disk
to /video/archive, disk space will not count there, and nothing will be



I see. I have 2 partitions, a / partition and a /storage partition. I would
like to record to /storage/video/video.00. I have edited /etc/default/vdr
so it reads:
# /etc/default/vdr
# See also /usr/share/doc/README.Debian
# Change to 1 to enable vdr's init-script
# Change this to 1 if you want vdr to be able to shutdown the
# computer
# Options that will be passed to vdr's commandline
# for example: OPTIONS="-w 15"
OPTIONS="-v /storage/video/video.00 -w 60"
# Set this to load only plugins with the correct patch level
# Locale which is used when running vdr

Still I get the error:

Oct 22 07:51:24 localhost vdr: [1579] low disk space while recording, trying
to remove a deleted recording...
Oct 22 07:51:24 localhost vdr: [1579] ...no deleted recording found, trying
to delete an old recording...
Oct 22 07:51:24 localhost vdr: [1579] ...no old recording found, giving up

What can I do?

Best reards,


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