CFT: vdr ports (watch/record/stream tv, works with xbmc too :)

Juergen Lock nox at
Fri Dec 10 22:09:11 UTC 2010

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 09:37:19PM +0100, Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, 09 Dec 2010 19:06:01 +0100
> Juergen Lock <nox at> wrote:
> > Btw you can also symlink /video there. (as I also mentioned under 1.
> > in the original message, maybe not prominently enough...)
> Yes, you did, however, I prefer not to "litter" my system with
> unnecessary files, symlinks and whatnot when I am only testing
> things. :-)
> >  Even if you only see `No signal' you should still be able to do
> > stuff in the on-screen display (osd), try hitting the tab or
> > insert key for the menu, see the XKeySym.* entries in
> > /usr/local/etc/vdr/remote.conf for the rest of the keybindings.
> > (see also under 4.)
> Aha, I didn't know about the tab or insert keys. Just shows that I must
> spend more time with vdr, if I want to learn how it works.
> One thing: the files section in the vdr man page doesn't tell you the
> default location of the files (/usr/local/etc/vdr/). It isn't mentioned
> anywhere in the man page, if I haven't missed it.
 Ah I didn't notice, guess I should patch that... (manpage still says

	-c dir, --config=dir
	      Read config files from directory dir (default is  to  read  them
	      from the video directory)

> >  I think all you need to do is make sure the tuner(s) are working
> > and accessible to the vdr user (starting with /dev/dvb/adapter0/*)
> > and that vdr has an initial /usr/local/etc/vdr/channels.conf for
> > whatever sat position/networks/etc the tuner(s) can receive.
> > (see my notes about w_scan -o7 under 5.)
> I just realized one thing: the man page for vdr (and your notes) says
> that vdr needs a DVB card. This means that it won't work with my
> (analogue) PVR-500. Is that correct?
 Yes.  Actually there are plugins for analogue tv (that I didn't port)
but I'd say they all expect the Linux v4l interface i.e. /dev/videoX
(with appropriate ioctls) so they wouldn't work with FreeBSD's pvr
drivers, or at least not w/o major surgery...

> >  Oh and if you absolutely can't get your tuner to work yet for
> > whatever reason you can also try adding the example web stream iptv
> > entries in /usr/local/share/examples/vdr_plugin_iptv/channels.conf.iptv
> > to your channels.conf and test using the iptv plugin.  (as also
> > mentioned under 5.)
> Good idea, I'll try that.
> >  I'm sorry my notes are so long that its so easy to miss stuff, I
> > just don't know what to omit... :)
> No, your notes are fine (I'll take long an detailed over short and
> brief any day), and my posting was not in any way a complaint on them.
> Its just that I need some more time to figure out how stuff works in
> vdr.

 Ok.  Good luck, :)

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