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6.2a zipper DTivo to 6.4a w/slice - how to save all data?

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by FredThompson, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. FredThompson

    FredThompson New Member

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    The speed test for FTP transfers on the other board discuss the risk of overloading the system. I wonder if adaptable speed is possible.

    I've been up for a little over a day. Stable so far.
     
  2. FredThompson

    FredThompson New Member

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    2 days 13 hours of uptime. Next milestone is the 2/week reboot.

    The only mods I've done to the "stock" zipper 6.4a install from InstantCake are:

    6.4 superpatch
    two 90 second delays in the author file
    TivoWebPlus 2.1 b3 110622

    single hard drive - dual always failed for me

    To find/create:

    TWP smart todo killer (title/year blacklist)
    TWP smart NPL killer (3 possible settings per identical series/episode
    option 1 = do nothing (default)
    option D = keep 4 largest identical series/episode/broadcastdate entries
    option K = keep 4 largest identical series/episode entries
    TWP DailyMail Module
    TWP logo palette sorter for PNGs to make "missing" logos
     
  3. sbourgeo

    sbourgeo Hepcat Daddio

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    I've also been having good luck since I crashed my HDVR2 with ftp. My environment is slightly different because I didn't want to depend on paid products from DVRupgrade/Weaknees since they seem to have abandoned all support after acquiring them from PTVupgrade.

    I have:

    • My own MFSLive 6.4a backup instead of InstantCake
    • My own 7.1.1 killhdinitrd'd kernel instead of the one from the LBA48 Boot CD version with Enhancements
    • Superpatch 1.2 patched to 1.15 for 6.4a support
    • Two 90 second delays in the author file as per zorro255
    • TivoWebPlus 2.1.b3 090121 (waiting on successor to 20120803 before upgrade)

    Current uptime is 2 days 19 hours going into the scheduled reboot tomorrow.
     
  4. FredThompson

    FredThompson New Member

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    Have you looked at stream integrity with TyTool? I'm seeing lots of audio mismatches and holes, even on national stations.

    If there are any other DTiVo stream analysis methods, I don't know of them.

    I also just realized that the ToDo kill list I mentioned above can be done with Global Blocklist which is inside the Zipper installs. The only part which is missing is automagically generating the page then hitting the delete button to kill the matches. Would be nice to do that on the DTiVo itself but maybe there's a script-based automation tool to be run from a PC with much shorter development. Don't see where TWP saves the pages it creates. It seems to create them as a stream and commands get parsed back to the TiVo.

    NPL kill list as I mention would probably need to be external, possible a client to access via tserver or ftp.

    Maybe the "best" solution is to use something like AutoIt and make a combined killer that gets run daily by Windoze's scheduler. Shame Windoze, Linux and Mac don't have a common web/ftp scripting method.
     
  5. FredThompson

    FredThompson New Member

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    I just had an idea:

    The old ToDo list from TWP includes the cancel button at the bottom and the global blocklist module.

    It would be trivial to modify that code so the button function is executed automatically when the page finished being displayed then a jump to another page such as the info page to prevent risk of a loop.

    This modified code should have a different URL on the TiVo and NOT be easily accessed from TWP's main menu.

    That would leave only a trigger. Would it be possible to use cron to send a page display request to TWP? If so, do it every 12 hours but then there needs to be some host to execute the Javascript. An external trigger might be the solution, either from a machine on the local net or possibly a free webspace page with a small script.

    Best would be to keep it entirely internal.

    Hmmm...wonder if the TWP NPL list can be modified to display file size so a similar method could automatically delete under-sized dupes so only n copies would remain. This would be a way to get the highest quality of a repetitive episode or show. There are a lot of these; cooking, how-to, gaming, religious, etc. which sometimes span networks.

    (Yes, I know I have a habit of editing a post after I've saved it.)
     
  6. sbourgeo

    sbourgeo Hepcat Daddio

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    I have not. I will probably play around with mfs_ftp/tyftp this week though.

    Also haven't looked under the hood of twp much since my tcl scripting skills aren't much to brag about, so you'd probably have to ask around at ddb to get better info. :D
     
  7. sbourgeo

    sbourgeo Hepcat Daddio

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    I'm up to a 5 day 18 hour uptime on my zippered HDVR2 since the soft reboot didn't happen yesterday due to a scheduled recording. It has been very stable, but one weird parental controls/suggestions related issue has been a bit puzzling. I have parental controls and suggestions turned on and when I try to play a recorded suggestion I get prompted for the parental controls password even if the recorded program is TV-G (general audience). When I try to enter the password, it is never accepted and I get stuck in the password screen until it times out to live tv. Also, little TiVo guy icons are displayed as the password digits are typed instead of the asterisks used elsewhere. Very odd...

    Also, I've been playing around with tyftpd v1.8 and MovieLoader v0.17c and have been impressed with how easy it is to set up and use. If nothing else, tyftpd is still actively being developed and is so much easier to deal with than mfs_ftp since you don't have to manually install so many patches to get the thing up and running.
     
  8. FredThompson

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    I'll be interested in know about tyftpd if it works out. tserver kept breaking on small files. It seems there was some real stream problems over the past couple of days. Maybe that is related to the hurricane moisture. I'm NE of that area but we've had lots of rain. I really like the way TyTool shows recording size which is a great way to know which dupes to kill. So many shows have repeats that I like to get dupes and kill the smaller ones before watching the largest on the TV. TWP doesn't show file size in the NPL. I've also noticed the kill list in old ToDo gets reset at times. Considering combining code from both ToDo displays because the newer one doesn't show original broadcast year. I tested ty from TWP and it's slow as can be. Lots of MPEG problems in the small streams. Looks like smearing, as if the pointers are intact but data to which they point is missing. Lots of holes in the streams, too. Wish there was an on-box stream health scan.
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    I'm now looking at tyStreamJ. Don't know if it supports deleting or if the retrieved list includes broadcast DTG and size. Maybe the best option for my auto-kill IS to run it through a browser for Javascript support. tyStreamJ has CLI support so maybe the NPL auto-kill could be written as a Java app and run with a scheduler on a Windoze, Mac or *nix box. Wonder if there is a CLI method to retrieve the ToDo and delete from it. That would be nice. A combined NPL/ToDo killer as a standalone Java app which can be run automatically would be nice. To illustrate, I've got the DVDs for past episodes of some shows which are still running new episodes. The TiVo should get set to get all episodes of such a series. The kill app, run daily, would remove those for which I have. TiVos "new only" setting won't work unless you have ALL the past episodes. It also won't work for wishlists. I've started to use them since special eps frequently aren't in the series. For example, look at "Good Eats" and you'll see the series is running on Food and Cooking but the special about BBQ is NOT in that list. There was a Closer special a few years ago which happened this way, too. I'm not planning RegEx killlist, I just want something more powerful than the TiVo standard.

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    tySuiteJ appear to list length only in megabytes. I'm looking for a way to list the recording time as well. Would be nice to know (and pre-select for deletion) recordings which are truncated. A 30-minute show which is only 24 minutes in length is incomplete. You can see this on-screen. Need a way to see this by computer.
     
  9. sbourgeo

    sbourgeo Hepcat Daddio

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    I had another "Activity Phone strayed!" reboot overnight like this one after fakecall.tcl was run from cron. Based on some reading I'm wondering if this is because the scheduled reboot on Monday didn't happen due to a scheduling recording at the same time?
     

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