Easier to use pyTivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Dan203, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. cp2k

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    Dan I have this issue as well. My drive has 700GB free, but even after copying a few small files I get this message before every one. Would it be possible to add an option to "disable" the space check all together? Thank you for your continued work on this. I'm fortunate to live in an area where our Cable Company hasn't gone overboard on copy protection. Only the major "Premium" channels are copy protected, so I record & transfer extensively from my TiVo. I'm sitting on two Roamios with the old interface just to ensure I don't lose this capability.

    EDIT: To answer your questions about the space issue.. the file sizes for the files being transferred does show correctly, as does the "Free Space" on the settings screen.
     
  2. Mikeguy

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    So here's a suggestion, Dan, for a tweak*: would it be possible to enlarge or otherwise make more prominent the icon used for pyTivo Desktop? On my Win10 taskbar, the pyTivo Desktop icon is significantly smaller and less-noticeable than all of its neighbors. By now I have it/its location memorized, but otherwise it could be a bug smashed on a windshield. ;)

    * Yes, I know that this is going to sound ridiculous, but here goes, anyway.
     
  3. Dan203

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    Can you try the update and tell me if it fixed this issue? It looks like I had already made a change for this but never released it, so it's possible that yesterday's update already has a fix for this.
     
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Looks normal size to me...

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  5. Snacko

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    I did download Metagenerator 3 this morning but couldn't figure it out. So I just took another look and was able to figure it out..

    I did a title search for Northern Exposure and it found the series and episodes. When I viewed the episodes the seriesID was blank. So I just entered SH71383 and saved it with a folder.jpg image button. It added all of the actors and other data, and changed my seriesId to SH0000071383. I did that for both episodes and then transferred them over to the tivo. All of the new data (actors/directors/etc..) came over. They did not group into a folder and the folder.jpg was not used.

    I would at least like to verify the correct seriesID before I give up. The pyTivo wiki says the seriesID should be 6-8 digits, but the only one I could find (on TVDB.com and TVTime.com) is 5 digits long. And Metagenerator 3 makes it 10 digits long?
    And a search on Zap2it.com for Northern Exposure finds nothing?
     
  6. Mikeguy

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    Perhaps it's the space for both the feet and the antennae, as well as the dark colors in the icon that tend to blend into the background, but for me, it just comes across as smaller by impression and quick glance, and less-readily recognizable. (And now that you say this, I seem to recall that I had tried to make the icon larger earlier, but came across the barrier you mention.)
     
  7. Dan203

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    You get one icon that is used for the program everywhere. So while it may be hard to see that blue background and border on the taskbar, it's easy to see on the desktop and start menu. So I really don't want to change it. Sorry.
     
  8. Dan203

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    The series ID stuff got all messed up when they switched to using Rovi data a few years ago. So someo of the information you're finding might be out of date or incorrect. Even TiVos themselves had issues with the transition and TiVo had to create a huge database of ID changovers that didn't all work. I say if you can get them to group at all then just leave it and move along.

    The custom jpg file for the folder hasn't worked since the old, old, UI used on the Series 2 systems, so that's too be expected. Just be lucky this works at all. On the new Edge TiVoToGo transfers both TiVo to PC and PC to TiVo are broken and presumed never to be fixed. So this could be the end of the line for this feature anyway.
     
  9. Snacko

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    Well, thanks for your help anyway Dan. I cannot get them to group at all. And I'm not going to dump 100 episodes in the root of My Shows. So I guess I'm done. This is my first time with this stuff, and it would be sweet if I could group them.

    Northern Exposure was NEVER released in reruns. It was a very popular show, but they didn't want to pay royalties to all the music. Which may be why I can't get it to work... IDK.
     
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  10. Dan203

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    I'm not sure what would cause this. Basically every time you add a new file to the queue, or one completes, the desktop app sends a request to the pyTivo server asking for info on the disk. It then adds up the size of all the files in the queue, subtracts them from the free space reported by pyTivo, and then stores that value as the free space. When you try to add a new file it compares the size of the file you're trying to add to the calculated free space and prompts you if there is less space than needed to hold the file.

    The change I made that I mentioned above is that I changed the default values for the free space and total space in the python code to really large numbers. That way if the actual python check fails for some reason then those huge numbers will be returned instead 0 and should make it appear as if you have plenty of space.

    Other than that I'm not sure what I can do. I originally didn't have the warning and I got complaints from people saying they added stuff to the queue and then it would fail because the drive ran out of space. I added this prompt as a warning against that.
     
  11. Dan203

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    It's possible this show is simply not in TiVos database. If Metagenerator 3 isn't adding a Series ID that's likely the case. Unfortunately the way TiVo's grouping works you can only ever group a show if it can match the series ID to something in it's database. There use to be a generic one you could use to group misc stuff, but that went away with the Rovi changeover.

    Have you considered just using Plex?
     
  12. Snacko

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    I tried searching MG3 for Gunsmoke, Longmire, Friends, and Seinfield, and none of them returned a SeriesID. After I disconnected from Spectrum and cut the cable I just wanted to use my Tivo to store my videos. So I ran a Tivo Reset to clear out the todo list and channel listings. I wonder if that deleted this database. I don't even have a cablecard anymore. I can stream Northern Exposure from my PC to the Roku, but I thought it would be nice to have on my Tivo with all of the episode descriptions and it would keep track of the episode I was on. I have not used Plex, but I will give that a look.
     
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  13. elprice7345

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    Thanks for the fix!

    Testing with 1.6.19:
    • pyTivo Desktop shows VRD version matching my installed version
    • Deregistered v5 and pyTivo still works with QSF
    • Uninstalled VRD5, rebooted, and pyTivo works with QSF
    • Still has the same free space issue. The free space shown in pyTivo Desktop settings matches what I see in Windows Explorer. Almost 1.5TB free.
    FWIW, pyTivo Desktop doesn't generally give the free space error when I click the download all shows in a folder button the first time. Even if I have 10 shows in a folder, I don't get the free space warning. However, when I click the next folder or show I get the error.

    BTW, thanks for looking into my other suggestions. Not nagging, just wanted them on your radar if they're doable.

    You said changing the filenames would be difficult, but you didn't respond to the OAD sorting. Any chance of this happening?
     
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  15. mlippert

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    Northern Exposure was great. I really should rip my DVDs at some point!

    I swear I'd been able to make up a reasonable seriesId at some point and get things I pulled from pyTivo to group, but that was long ago.

    I've mostly been just using my Plex server and my Roku Plex client. It's not as nice an interface for watching stuff (no ff or rew, or slow motion, and no instantaneous skip back 8 seconds, skip forward 30) but then I don't have to spend the time to transfer the shows. I just transfer shows from the Tivo to the NAS my Plex server looks at.

    Since you build the .txt files by hand I thought maybe some piece is missing. Here's an example of the .txt file created by kmttg for an episode of Supergirl
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    title : Supergirl
    seriesTitle : Supergirl
    description : Supergirl tries to find out who is behind the recent attacks from a new villain who is under arrest at the DEO. Meanwhile, Andrea and Lena think back on their tumultuous past.
    time : 2019-11-11T02:00:00Z
    isEpisode : true
    iso_duration : PT1H1M59S
    originalAirDate : 2019-11-09T00:00:00Z
    episodeTitle : Confidence Women
    isEpisodic : true
    showingBits : 135169
    tvRating : x4
    episodeNumber : 506
    displayMajorNumber : 611
    callsign : WLVIDT
    seriesId : SH0331260538
    programId : EP0331260538-0414508746
    vActor : Benoist|Melissa
    vActor : Brooks|Mehcad
    vActor : Leigh|Chyler
    vActor : Jordan|Jeremy
    vActor : Flockhart|Calista
    vActor : Harewood|David
    vActor : Wood|Chris
    vActor : Lima|Floriana
    vActor : McGrath|Katie
    vActor : Gonzalo|Julie
    vActor : Nair|Staz
    vExecProducer : Berlanti|Greg
    vExecProducer : Kreisberg|Andrew
    vExecProducer : Adler|Ali
    vExecProducer : Rovner|Robert
    vExecProducer : Schechter|Sarah
    vAdvisory : VIOLENCE
    
    Obviously you don't need any of the v* properties, but I wonder if you need both title and seriesTitle and if you need some programId.
     
  16. reneg

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    Tried starting the VRD batch manager and it made no difference. Also, tried reinstalling VRD 5 and it made no difference. When I go back to version v1.6.16, everything works fine.

    Where does this show up? I think my install of v1.6.19 does not show this. Would it be displayed here?
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    In the past, I have installed v6 of VRD, but uninstalled it due to issues with the early releases of VRD 6 and went back to VRD 5. I don't understand why v1.6.16 works fine, but not v1.6.19.
     
  17. jakryk

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    I still can't get pyTiVo to work. I downloaded the update and hoped that would fix things, but I still have the same problem. When I try to open the desktop it looks like it is loading and then the Settings window opens. Everything looks fine: it recognized my TiVo box and has the correct amount of space used. If I click Save, it says pyTivo is opening and then the Setting window opens again. If I just close the Settings page it says it is downloading the show list, but nothing ever downloads. Like, I leave it running overnight and when I go back the My Shows page is still blank and the cursor just shows it is still loading. Any suggestions would be welcomed
     
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  20. Dan203

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    It's just the little button. Which sucks because I pointed all the links, except that one, to a PHP script a while back just to get an idea of how many downloads I get. That button wasn't logging them. It'll be fixed in a few minutes.
     
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