Hi all, I would like to submit the improved alternative channel patch for vdr 1.4.0. There was a problem with uninitialized variables with 0.0.2 which should be solved by taking directly the channel id instead of storing the channel id-string.
What's the patch for: This patch add to vdr the function of an alternative channel for recordings. With this patch vdr will use the alternative channel for a recording whenever the original channel is not available (for example another recording on the same card on another transponder is running) What's the benefit: Now you can add an alternative record channel for a assumed better channel regarding the quality. In my case I use this for DVB-C channels and add as an alternative analogue channels. There is no recursive function in this patch! How to use the patch: Untar the attachement. There you will find two files. The patch an the configuration file for this feature. You have to put the configuration file to vdr's configuration directory (same directory, where the channels.conf is stored) and rename it to channel_alternative.conf. The next step is to patch the vdr-source like this: patch < vdr-1.4.0_AlternativeChannelPatch_0.0.3.diff There should be no rejects. After this you have to adapt the configuration file in the following manner: Add a line for each "alternative channel"-pair like this channel id of the original channel;channel id of the alternative channel The Patch will not affect live TV - at least at the moment. !!! ATTENTION !!! This patch manipulates directly the recording behaviour of vdr! Be careful and check your first recordings when you use alternative recording channels. Have fun. Regards, Jochen
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