[vdr] [ANNOUNCE] VDR developer version 1.7.25

Klaus Schmidinger Klaus.Schmidinger at tvdr.de
Sat Mar 3 13:16:27 CET 2012

VDR developer version 1.7.25 is now available at


A 'diff' against the previous version is available at


MD5 checksums:

a3fd482a3dd8027706d4f32a88c6bd13  vdr-1.7.25.tar.bz2
f34adcdc0cdab378431d8946872d6b59  vdr-1.7.24-1.7.25.diff


This is a *developer* version. Even though *I* use it in my productive
environment. I strongly recommend that you only use it under controlled
conditions and for testing and debugging.

The changes since version 1.7.24:

- The fps value for channels where it differs from the default is now set correctly
   when pausing live video.
- Increased the average character estimate for calculating tab positions in skins,
   to better suit wide fonts (reported by Rudi Hofer).
- Fixed getting the subsystem ids of DVB devices in case they have been rearranged
   via udev rules.
- Added several cTimer::Set...() functions (suggested by Alexander Rieger).
- Changed the return value of cTimer::SetFile() to 'void'.
- Revoked "Fixed a possible deadlock in time shift mode" because it caused trouble with
   output on vdr-xine and dxr3, and also short glitches when replaying on any output
- Updated the Estonian OSD texts (thanks to Arthur Konovalov).
- Updated the Finnish OSD texts (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg).
- Fixed handling subtitle color palettes on channels where subtitles appear
   "word by word" (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg).
- Fixed upscaling cBitmaps with anti-aliasing (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg for reporting
   a problem with color palettes in subtitles).
- Fixed getting the video aspect ratio for scaling subtitles.
- Removed the "PrimaryLimit". Old "full featured" DVB cards can be run with the
   --outputonly option to avoid problems with recording high bandwidth channels.
   Besides, with HDTV becoming ever more popular those cards are pretty much obsolete
   by now (the TT S2-6400 has no problems recording and replaying high bandwidth
   channels simultaneously). And, last but not least, people using software players
   won't notice this change, anyway.
- Since cReceivers can have priorities between -99 and 99, the priority
   for an unused device has been changed from -1 to -100.
- If the first event in a schedule has a table id of 0x00, any incoming EIT data for
   that schedule from the DVB stream will be completely ignored. This way an external
   EPG source can fill the schedules with EPG data that will not be messed up with
   that from the DVB data stream. Note, though, that this means VDR can not do VPS
   controlled recordings with such events!
- Added some typecasts to silence gcc compiler warnings (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg).
- Fixed handling overlapping timers in case a VPS timer with higher priority needs
   to interrupt a timer with lower priority.
- The code for the RCU remote control unit has been moved into a separate plugin
   named "rcu".
   The REMOTE=RCU option in the 'make' call for VDR is now obsolete.
   The command line option --rcu is now obsolete. Use -Prcu instead. If you have
   used --rcu with a device path, use -P"rcu -d<device>".
- Added support for automatically selecting subtitles when playing old PES
   recordings made with the subtitles plugin (thanks to Anssi Hannula).
- Revised priority handling to allow receivers with a priority that is lower than
   that of live viewing (with suggestions from Frank Schmirler):
   + An idle device (one that is not used for live viewing and has no receiver
     attached to it) now has priority IDLEPRIORITY (-100).
   + An unused CAM slot now has priority IDLEPRIORITY.
   + The default priority of a cReceiver is now MINPRIORITY (-99).
   + A device that is used only for live viewing (no matter whether it's in Transfer
     Mode or real live mode) now has priority TRANSFERPRIORITY (-1).
   + The function cDevice::Receiving() now returns true if there is any receiver
     attached to the device. Its boolean parameter has no meaning any more.
   + The default value for the Priority parameter of the function cDevice::ProvidesChannel()
     has been changed to IDLEPRIORITY.
- Added a Query parameter to cDevice::GetDevice(), so that devices can be queried
   without side effects when zapping.
- Replaced min(max()) calls with the new function constrain().
- Fixed handling OSD color button texts in case a menu item has texts of its own
   (reported by Rolf Ahrenberg). If a plugin creates derived cMenuEditItems that set
   color button texts, these should not set the texts directly by calling
   cSkinDisplay::Current()->SetButtons(), but rather call the new member function
- Moved the call to cStatus::MsgChannelSwitch(this, 0) to the beginning of
   cDevice::SetChannel(), so that any receivers that have been attached to the
   device by plugins may be detached before the final call to GetDevice().
   This actually reverts "Only calling cStatus::MsgChannelSwitch() if a channel
   is actually going to be switched or has actually been switched successfully"
   which was made in version 1.1.10, so please report if this has any unwanted
   side effects.

Have fun!


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