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    AndyInNYC is offline MythTV Friend
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    I have had to redo my machine on several occassions. MythTV now thinks it has several recordings for which there are no recording files. If I attempt to delete the program from the mythweb interface, the immediately pop back up on a refresh.

    So, how do I remove these entries - or how do I remove all entries (I can delete any recordings I presently have) and 'start fresh'?



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    Digicrat is offline MythTV Rookie
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    Have you tried deleting it from the frontend? I've had phantom recordings due to lack of reception in the past which would give a "no file found" error if I tried to play it, but the frontend had no difficulty deleting it.

    To delete records manually, you can use PHPmyAdmin and look at the "recorded" table in the mythconverg database and delete entries as desired. See http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Recorded_table. If your not familiar with mySQL, be careful and backup your database first


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    Please do not tinker in the database on your own. There were some deletion problems in the original 0.23 release that lead to a change in the protocol and a 0.23.1 point release. If you are still on 0.23, try updating and see if that resolves your issue. If you are running 0.24, you can use find_orphans.py to clean up orphaned database entries and your recording folders.


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    AndyInNYC is offline MythTV Friend
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    Is there an easy way to check which version (.23 v .24) I'm running? I've done several install/tear downs getting my system up and running with the capture boards I'm using. Back end status doesn't tell the version.

    Additionally, if I'm at .23 I won't be upgrading to .24 (I had issues with whichever version I'm not running).

    The front end tells me that removing a program doesn't actually delet it - this proved true when I went back to mythweb and saw the same shows.

    So, if .24 is on my system, what do I do with the script? I save is via nano (after pasting the info) and then I'll need to set it to executable (how?) and then run (from where)?

    Thanks for the assistance here.

    Andrew


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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyInNYC View Post
    Is there an easy way to check which version (.23 v .24) I'm running?
    mythbackend --version

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyInNYC View Post
    So, if .24 is on my system, what do I do with the script? I save is via nano (after pasting the info) and then I'll need to set it to executable (how?) and then run (from where)?
    'chmod +x find_orphans.py', and then './find_orphans.py' from any machine with the python bindings installed. All operation is done over backend protocol calls, rather than local filesystem access, so you don't have to run it on the specific machine holding the files.


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    AndyInNYC is offline MythTV Friend
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    I'm running .23 - and it works. .24 was flaky in various ways and wouldn't record, tune, etc. and locked up. I'll eventually upgrade again, but only when I have time to reinstall .23 if things go badly again.

    Given that I have .23, what options do I have? Will the script work on .23 or is it .24 specific.


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    wagnerrp is offline Cornerstone of the Community
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    The script will only work with 0.24. Have you tried upgrading to 0.23.1 to see if it resolves your deleting issues?


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    mythbackend --version reports:

    Please attach all output as a file in bug reports.
    MythTV Version : 26437
    MythTV Branch : branches/release-0-23-fixes
    Network Protocol : 23056
    Library API : 0.23.1.201000710-1
    QT Version : 4.7.0
    Options compiled in:
    linux debug using_oss using_alsa using_pulse using_jack using_pulseoutput using_backend using_dvb using_firewire using_frontend using_glx_proc_addr_arb using_hdhomerun using_hdpvr using_iptv using_ivtv using_joystick_menu using_libudev using_lirc using_mheg using_opengl_video using_opengl_vsync using_qtdbus using_qtwebkit using_v4l using_x11 using_xrandr using_xv using_xvmc using_xvmc_vld using_xvmcw using_bindings_perl using_bindings_python using_opengl using_vdpau using_ffmpeg_threads using_libavc_5_3 using_live using_mheg


    So I am running (at least) .1

    Any other thoughts on how to fix the phantom?


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    AndyInNYC is offline MythTV Friend
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    Solved -
    pressing D from the recordings menu is the part I was missing. All is well.



    ok, i still have 2 phantom programs; I'm running .23 with the details above.

    I don't know how to delete recordings from the front end - it specifically states that programs removed aren't deleted.

    I'd really like to get rid of these 2 items - any help?

    Andrew
    Last edited by AndyInNYC; 02-24-2011 at 04:36 PM.


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