VDR client for Motorola VIP: Release 0.27

Added by tv-user over 2 years ago

New version with lots of changes and updates.
  • Finnish translation by Tomas Nybondas
  • Weather info from
  • News from (nl), (en/de), (en/de)

See history file for more details.

vdr: VDR developer version 2.3.1 (1 comment)

Added by tadi almost 3 years ago


This is a developer version. Even though I use it in my productive
environment, I strongly recommend that you only use it under controlled
conditions and for testing and debugging.


The main focus of this developer version is on the new locking mechanism
for global lists, and the ability to handle remote timers.
Any plugins that access the global lists of timers, channels, schedules
or recordings, will need to be adjusted (see below for details). Please
do initial tests with plain vanilla VDR and just the output plugin you

Known bugs/problems:

  • After deleting the last recording in a sub folder, the cursor may not
    be positioned correctly.
  • Instant recordings and pausing live video don't (yet) use the default
    SVDRP host for recording.

From the HISTORY file:

Version 2.3.1

  • The new function cOsd::MaxPixmapSize() can be called to determine the maximum size
    a cPixmap may have on the current OSD. The 'osddemo' example has been modified
    accordingly. Plugin authors may want to use this function in case they use pixmaps
    that are larger than the full OSD size. The default implementation sets this limit
    to 2048x2048 pixel.
  • The Setup/CAM menu now displays which device an individual CAM is currently
    assigned to (suggested by Frank Neumann).
  • Added detection of 24fps (thanks to Thomas Reufer).
  • Added a note about the VDR User Counter and VDR's facebook page to the README file.
  • The dvbhddevice plugin is no longer part of the VDR source archive.
    You can get the latest version of this plugin from the author's repository at
  • The dvbsddevice and rcu plugins are no longer part of the VDR source archive.
    You can get the latest versions of these plugins from
  • Added a section about Output Devices to the INSTALL file.
  • Fixed setting the source value of newly created channels, in case the NIT is
    received from a different, but very close satellite position (reported by Daniel
    Ribeiro). The code for handling different NITs has been removed from nit.c, because
    according to the DVB standard table id 0x40 carries only the NIT of the actual
  • Added some comment to cPixmap about the relation between OSD, ViewPort and DrawPort
    (suggested by Thomas Reufer).
  • Improved syncing on sections when parsing the NIT and SDT.
  • Fixed scaling subtitles (their areas could sometimes extend outside the actual OSD).
  • Reduced the priority of the "video directory scanner" thread (suggested by Thomas
    Reufer) and checking cIoThrottle::Engaged() when it is running.
  • The script that gets called for recordings is now also called right before a
    recording is edited, with the first parameter being "editing" (suggested by
    Dieter Ferdinand).
  • The new setup option "OSD/Default sort mode for recordings" can be used to define
    how recordings shall be sorted by default (either by time or by name, with "by time"
    being the default). If a particular sort mode has been selected for a folder by
    pressing '0', the default no longer applies to that folder. Repeating timers no
    longer write a ".sort" file into a recordings folder to have the recordings sorted
    by time.
  • The command line option D now accepts the value '' (as in D), which prevents
    VDR from using any DVB devices (suggested by Dietmar Spingler).
  • The -V and -h options now list the plugins in alphabetical order (suggested by
    Dietmar Spingler).
  • Fixed a compiler warning in font.c.
  • Commented out the line
    in device.h. If a plugin doesn't compile with this version of VDR, you can uncomment
    this line as a quick workaround. In the long run the plugin will need to be adapted.
  • The function cOsd::GetBitmap() is now 'protected'. If a plugin doesn't compile with
    this version of VDR, you can uncomment the line
    in osd.h as a quick workaround. In the long run the plugin will need to be adapted.
  • The -u option now also accepts a numerical user id (suggested by Derek Kelly).
  • The SVDRP port now accepts multiple concurrent connections. You can now keep an
    SVDRP connection open as long as you wish, without preventing others from
    connecting. Note, though, that SVDRP connections still get closed automatically
    if there has been no activity for 300 seconds (configurable via
    "Setup/Miscellaneous/SVDRP timeout (s)").
  • The SVDRP log messages have been unified and now always contain the IP and port
    number of the remote host.
  • SVDRP connections are now handled in a separate "SVDRP server handler" thread,
    which makes them more responsive. Note that there is only one thread that handles
    all concurrent SVDRP connections. That way each SVDRP command is guaranteed to be
    processed separately, without interfering with any other SVDRP commands that might
    be issued at the same time. Plugins that implement SVDRP commands may need to take
    care of proper locking if the commands access global data.
  • VDR now sends out a broadcast to port 6419/udp, which was assigned to 'svdrp-disc'
    by the IANA. VDRs listening on that port will automatically initiate an SVDRP
    connection to the broadcasting VDR, and in turn send out a broadcast to make
    other VDRs connect to them. That way all VDRs within the local network will
    have permanent "peer-to-peer" SVDRP connections between each other. The
    configuration in the svdrphosts.conf file is taken into account when considering
    whether or not to respond to an SVDRP discover broadcast.
  • The new SVDRP command PING is used by automatically established peer-to-peer
    connections to keep them alive.
  • The new function GetSVDRPServerNames() can be used to get a list of all VDRs
    this VDR is connected to via SVDRP.
  • The new function ExecSVDRPCommand() can be used to execute an SVDRP command on
    one of the servers this VDR is connected to, and retrieve the result.
    The helper functions SVDRPCode() and SVDRPValue() can be used to easily access
    the codes and values returned by ExecSVDRPCommand().
  • The cTimer class now has a new member named 'remote', which holds the name of the
    remote server this timer will record on. If this is NULL, it is a local timer.
  • Timers from other VDRs that are connected to this VDR via SVDRP are now
    automatically fetched and stored in the global Timers list. In order for this
    to work, all of the channels used by timers on the remote VDR must also be
    defined on the local VDR (however, not necessarily in the same sequence).
    Automatic channel syncing will be implemented later.
  • The main menu of the LCARS skin now displays a small rectangle on the left side
    of a timer if this is a remote timer. The color of that rectangle changes if
    the timer is currently recording on the remote VDR.
  • Accessing the global Timers list now has to be protected by proper locking,
    because SVDRP commands are now executed in a separate thread.
    The introduction of this locking mechanism required the following changes:
    • The new classes cStateLock and cStateKey are used to implement locking
      with quick detection of state changes.
    • cConfig::cConfig() now has a parameter that indicates whether this list
      requires locking.
    • The global lists of Timers, Channels, Schedules and Recordings are no longer
      static variables. They are now pointers that need to be retrieved through
      a call to cTimers::GetTimersRead/Write(), cChannels::GetChannelsRead/Write(),
      cSchedules::GetSchedulesRead/Write() and cRecordings::GetRecordingsRead/Write(),
    • References from/to link channels are now removed in cChannels::Del() rather
      than cChannel::~cChannel(), to make sure the caller holds a proper lock.
    • cChannel::HasTimer() has been removed. This information is now retrieved
      via cSchedule::HasTimer().
    • Several member functions of cChannel, cTimer, cMarks and cRecording have
      been made 'const', and some of them are now available as both 'const' and
      'non-const' versions.
    • The cChannel::Set...() functions are now 'bool' and return true if they have
      actually changed any of the channels's members.
    • cChannels::SetModified() has been renamed to cChannels::SetModifiedByUser().
    • cChannels::Modified() has been renamed to cChannels::ModifiedByUser(), and
      now has a 'State' parameter that allows the caller to see whether a channel
      has been modified since the last call to this function with the same State
    • The macros CHANNELSMOD_NONE/_AUTO/_USER have been removed.
    • cMarks now requires locking via cStateKey.
    • cSortedTimers now requires a pointer to the list of timers.
    • cEvent::HasTimer() no longer scans the list of timers to check whether an event
      is referenced by a timer, but rather keeps score of how many timers reference
      it. This was necessary in order to avoid having to lock the list of timers from
      within a cEvent.
    • The new class cListGarbageCollector is used to temporary store any objects deleted
      from cLists that require locking. This allows pointers to such objects to be
      dereferenced even if the objects are no longer part of the list.
    • cListBase::Contains() can be used to check whether a particular object is still
      contained in that list.
    • Outdated events are no longer "phased out", but rather deleted right away and thus
      taken care of by the new "garbage collector" of the list.
    • Deleted cRecording objects are no longer kept in a list of "vanished" recordings,
      but are rather taken care of by the new "garbage collector" of the list.
    • cSchedules::ClearAll() has been removed. The functionality is now implemented
      directly in cSVDRPServer::CmdCLRE().
    • tEventID has been changed to u_int16_t in order to make room for the new member
      numTimers in cEvent.
    • cSchedule now has a member Modified(), which can be used with a State variable
      to quickly determine whether this schedule has been modified since the last call
      to this function with the same State variable.
    • cSchedulesLock has been removed. Locking the list of schedules is now done via
      the cList's new locking mechanism.
    • The 'OnlyRunningStatus' parameters in cEpgHandler::BeginSegmentTransfer() and
      cEpgHandler::EndSegmentTransfer() are now obsolete. They are still present in
      the interface for backward compatibility, but may be removed in a future version.
      Their value is always 'false'.
    • The constant tcMod is no longer used in cStatus::TimerChange(). The definition is
      still there for backward compatibility.
      Plugins that access the global lists of Timers, Channels, Recordings or Schedules
      will need to be adapted as follows:
    • Instead of directly accessing the global variables Timers, Channels or Recordings,
      they need to set up a cStateKey variable and call the proper getter function,
      as in
             cStateKey StateKey;
             if (const cTimers *Timers = cTimers::GetTimersRead(StateKey)) {
                // access the timers

             cStateKey StateKey;
             if (cTimers *Timers = cTimers::GetTimersWrite(StateKey)) {
                // access the timers

      See timers.h, thread.h and tools.h for details on this new locking mechanism.
    • There are convenience macros for easily accessing these lists without having
      to explicitly set up a cStateKey and calling its Remove() function. These macros
      have the form LOCK_*_READ/WRITE (with '*' being TIMERS, CHANNELS, SCHEDULES or
      RECORDINGS). Simply put such a macro before the point where you need to access
      the respective list, and there will be a pointer named Timers, Channels, Schedules
      or Recordings, respectively, which is valid until the end of the current block.
    • If a plugin needs to access several of the global lists in parallel, locking must
      always be done in the sequence Timers, Channels, Recordings, Schedules. This is
      necessary to make sure that different threads that need to lock several lists at
      the same time don't end up in a deadlock.
    • Some pointer variables may need to be made 'const'. The compiler will tell you
      about these.
  • cSectionSyncer has been improved to better handle missed sections.
  • Added a missing initialization of 'seen' in cChannel's copy constructor.
  • Background modifications of channels, timers and events are now displayed immediately
    in the corresponding menus.
  • cEIT now checks the version of the tables before doing any processing, which saves
    a lot of locking and processing.
  • If a timer is newly created with the Red button in the Schedule menu, and the timer
    is presented to the user in the "Edit timer" menu because it will start immediately,
    it now must be confirmed with "Ok" to set the timer. Otherwise the timer will not
    be created.
  • Recordings and deleted recordings are now scanned in a single thread.
  • The new SVDRP command POLL is used by automatically established peer-to-peer
    connections to trigger fetching remote timers.
  • You can now set DumpSVDRPDataTransfer in svdrp.c to true to have all SVDRP
    communication printed to the console for debugging.
  • Added a missing 'const' to cReceiver::Receive(), to protect the given Data from
    being modified.
  • The SVDRP commands that deal with timers (DELT, LSTT, MODT, NEWT, NEXT and UPDT)
    as well as any log messages that refer to timers, now use a unique id for each
    timer, which remains valid as long as this instance of VDR is running. This means
    that timers are no longer continuously numbered from 1 to N in LSTT. There may be
    gaps in the sequence, in case timers have been deleted.
  • The Timers menu now displays the name of the remote VDR in front of the timer's
    file name, if this is a remote timer.
  • The new options "Setup/Miscellaneous/SVDRP peering", ".../SVDRP host name" and
    ".../SVDRP default host" can be used to configure automatic peering between VDRs
    in the same network. Peering is disabled by default and can be enabled by setting
    "SVDRP peering" to "yes".
  • The function cTimer::ToText() no longer returns a newline character at the end of
    the string. The newline is now added by the caller as necessary. This was changed
    because cTimer::ToText() is now also needed in a context where the terminating
    newline can't be used. Consequently, cChannel::ToText() and cMark::ToText() have
    been modified accordingly.
  • All timer related response strings from SVDRP commands now use the channel ID
    instead of channel numbers.
  • The "Edit timer" menu now has a new parameter "Record on", which can be used to
    select the VDR on which this timer shall record. Timers can be freely moved
    between connected VDRs by simply selecting the desired machine in this field.
  • The SVDRP command DELT no longer checks whether the timer that shall be deleted
    is currently recording.
  • The character 0x0D is now stripped from EPG texts (reported by Janne Pänkälä).
  • The EPG scanner no longer moves the dish if there is a positioner.
  • The 'newplugin' script now creates the 'po' subdirectory for translations (thanks
    to Thomas Reufer).
  • Skins can now implement cSkinDisplayMenu::MenuOrientation() to display horizontal
    menus (thanks to Stefan Braun).
  • Fixed a possible stack overflow in cListBase::Sort() (thanks to Oliver Endriss).
  • Changed the description of the --chartab option in the INSTALL file to refer to
    "DVB SI table strings" instead of "EPG data".
  • The width and height of the OSD are now limited to the actual maximum dimensions
    of the output device, taking into account the top and left offset.
  • The new setup option "Recording/Record key handling" can be used to define
    what happens if the Record key on the remote control is pressed during
    live tv (suggested by Dietmar Spingler).
  • Empty adaptation field TS packets are now skipped when recording (thanks to
    Christopher Reimer, based on the "AFFcleaner" by Stefan Pöschel).

vdr: VDR version 2.2.0

Added by tadi over 3 years ago

VDR version 2.2.0 is now available.

A summary of all the major changes since the last stable version 2.0.0 can be found at

When updating from an earlier version of VDR please make sure you read the INSTALL
and MANUAL files that come with the VDR source before doing so!
Please make sure you have backup copies of all your configuration files,
and verify carefully that your timers will be set to the correct channels
after switching to this new version.

Thanks to the many people who have contributed in the making, testing and
debugging of this new version of VDR, and also to all users who have been
enjoying VDR over the past 15 years!

Please also visit the VDR homepage at

and VDR's facebook page at

Have fun!


From the HISTORY file:
  • Updated the Lithuanian OSD texts (thanks to Valdemaras Pipiras).
  • Updated the Macedonian OSD texts (thanks to Dimitar Petrovski).
  • Updated the Romanian OSD texts (thanks to Lucian Muresan).
  • Updated the Estonian OSD texts (thanks to Arthur Konovalov).
  • Updated the Italian OSD texts (thanks to Diego Pierotto and Nino Gerbino).
  • Updated the Finnish OSD texts (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg).
  • Updated the Swedish OSD texts (thanks to Magnus Sirwiö).
  • Updated the Hungarian OSD texts (thanks to István Füley and Albert Danis).
  • Modified the German translations of the OSD texts regarding "adaptive skipping".
  • Fixed pausing replay at the last editing mark (reported by Stefan Herdler).
  • Updated the Polish OSD texts (thanks to Tomasz Maciej Nowak).
  • Updated the Ukrainian OSD texts (thanks to Yarema Aka Knedlyk).
  • Fixed using the default sort mode in a video directory without a ".sort" file
    (reported by Stefan Herdler).
  • Improved the German translations of "EPG bugfix level"", "StreamId" and "T2SystemId"
    (thanks to Albert Danis).
  • Updated the Czech OSD texts (thanks to Ales Jurik).
  • Updated the Slovak OSD texts (thanks to Milan Hrala).
  • Updated sources.conf to reflect the fact that Thor 5/6 and Intelsat 10-02 are
    actually in two separate positions.
  • Updated the French OSD texts (thanks to Régis Bossut).
  • Updated the Spanish OSD texts (thanks to Gabriel Bonich).
  • Fixed leading/trailing/multiple blanks in the translation files.
  • Bumped all version numbers to 2.2.0.
  • Official release.

VDR Skin flatPlus: Version 0.5.1

Added by Martin1234 over 3 years ago

2015-02-14: Version 0.5.1
- [fix] topbar number recordings
- [fix] recording menu, total count size
- [fix] timer widget
- [fix] only draw widgets if enabled
- [fix] stop dimm on pause when jump between marks
- [fix] weather widget update_weather.php - config file path
- [fix] subtitles does not use title
- [update] timer widget
new options to select which timer to show (recording, active)
- [update] timer widget
remote timer support. If you have remote timers installed and activate it in setup you'll get local timer with 'L' and remote timer with 'R'.
Remote timers will be refreshed every 30 minutes. Every refresh cost several seconds when opening main menu.
You can adjust the time with the hidden setting 'MainMenuWidgetActiveTimerShowRemoteRefreshTime' in setup.conf
- [update] add 15:11 aspect in displaychannel and replay
- [update] disk usage icons with 16 sections instead of 8
- [update] widgets: system_information.g2v, temperatures.g2v, temperatures.default
- [update] widgets: weather text size of temperature in long view
- [add] support for message text with parse tilde and extra text color
- [add] provide support for new SetMenuSortMode function, to show sort in menus
- [add] recording menu, progressbar icon to show how much seen from the recording
- [add] option to allways show date in schedule menu. 'Plugin settings' -> 'Menu settings' -> 'Menu event view allways with date'

vdr: VDR developer version 2.1.10 (2 comments)

Added by tadi over 3 years ago

From the HISTORY file:

Version 2.1.10

  • Updated the Finnish OSD texts (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg).
  • Updated the Macedonian OSD texts (thanks to Dimitar Petrovski).
  • Updated the Romanian OSD texts (thanks to Lucian Muresan).
  • Updated the Ukrainian OSD texts (thanks to Yarema Aka Knedlyk).
  • Added "#REMOTE=LIRC" to Make.config.template (suggested by Martin Dauskardt).
  • Updated the Estonian OSD texts (thanks to Arthur Konovalov).
  • Increased the width of the left text column in the Setup menus to avoid cutting
    off German texts.
  • Added an empty target to the Makefile to make sure the sub-make for libsi is always
    called (thanks to Sören Moch).
  • Updated the Italian OSD texts (thanks to Diego Pierotto and Nino Gerbino).
  • Updated the Lithuanian OSD texts (thanks to Valdemaras Pipiras).
  • The new options "Setup/Replay/Skip distance with Green/Yellow keys" and
    "Setup/Replay/Skip distance with Green/Yellow keys in repeat" can be used to
    configure the number of seconds to skip when pressing these keys once or pressing
    and holding them (based on a patch from Matthias Senzel, originally from Tobias
  • The new option "Setup/Replay/Use Prev/Next keys for adaptive skipping" can be used
    to change the behavior of these keys during replay. They normally jump between
    editing marks, but with this option set to 'yes' they will do adaptive skipping.
  • The new command line option --chartab can be used to set the default character
    table to use for strings in the DVB data stream that don't begin with a proper
    character table indicator (suggested by Christopher Reimer). The old mechanism
    of using the environment variable VDR_CHARSET_OVERRIDE still works, but is now
    deprecated and may be removed in a future version. The value given in the --chartab
    option takes precedence over that in VDR_CHARSET_OVERRIDE.
  • cOsd::RenderPixmaps() now returns a pointer to cPixmap instead of cPixmapMemory
    (suggested by Thomas Reufer). This is necessary to allow plugins with derived
    cPixmap implementations to use this function. Plugins that use this function
    with cPixmapMemory now need to add a dynamic cast to the call, as in
         cPixmapMemory *pm = dynamic_cast<cPixmapMemory *>(RenderPixmaps()));
    They also need to call DestroyPixmap(pm) instead of "delete pm" to properly release
    the resulting pixmap after use.
    The dvbhddevice plugin has been modified accordingly.
  • A cPixmap with a negative layer no longer marks any portion of the OSD's view port
    as "dirty" when drawing on it. This may improve performance when drawing on a
    hidden pixmap, because it avoids unnecessary refreshes of the OSD.
  • Added a missing initialization of "panning" to the constructor of cPixmapMemory.
  • Updated the Dutch OSD texts (thanks to Erik Oomen).
  • Updated the French OSD texts (thanks to Régis Bossut).
  • Fixed the German translation of "Zap timeout".

vdr: VDR developer version 2.1.9

Added by tadi over 3 years ago

From the HISTORY file:

Version 2.1.9

  • Fixed a memory leak in case of broken Extended Event Descriptors (thanks to Lars
  • Fixed the German translation of "Binary skip timeout (s)" (thanks to Matthias
  • Fixed the German translation of "VDR will shut down later - press Power to force".
  • Fixed the Finnish translation of "Binary skip timeout (s)" (thanks to Rolf
  • Updated the Lithuanian OSD texts (thanks to Valdemaras Pipiras).
  • Added SDNOTIFY to Make.config.template (suggested by Christian Richter). Also
    added NO_KBD and BIDI.
  • Added code from the "jumpplay" patch that makes the recording still be considered
    unviewed when stopping replay within RESUMEBACKUP seconds of the first mark.
  • The new option "Setup/Replay/Alternate behavior for adaptive skipping" can be used
    to make adaptive skipping only halve the skip distance when the direction changes.
    That way you can reach the desired point in a recording even if you make one too
    many skips in a certain direction (see MANUAL for details).
  • Fixed cCamSlot::Assign(), so that it actually ignores the value of Query if Device
    is NULL (as described in the header file).
  • Added a missing VDRDIR="$(CWD)" to the clean-plugins target of the Makefile, to
    avoid error messages regarding the missing vdr.pc file.
  • Updated the Finnish OSD texts (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg).
  • Updated the Estonian OSD texts (thanks to Arthur Konovalov).
  • Updated the Ukrainian OSD texts (thanks to Yarema Aka Knedlyk).
  • Updated the Romanian OSD texts (thanks to Lucian Muresan).
  • Updated the Hungarian OSD texts (thanks to István Füley).
  • Fixed switching channels in the Schedule menu after going through various Now and
    Schedule menus for different channels (reported by Matthias Senzel).
  • Fixed setting the Blue button in the Schedule/Now/Next menus, so that it only shows
    "Switch" if the selected event is on a different channel.
  • Added "NORDIG" to the list of "DVB/Standard compliance" options and using it to
    restrict the LCN (Logical Channel Numbers) parsing to networks that actually use
    this non-standard feature (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg).
  • In the "Edit recording" menu the '0' key can now be used on the "Name:" field to
    remove the name of the recording and replace it with the last element of the
    recording's folder path name (suggested by Christoph Haubrich). See MANUAL, section
    "Managing folders" for details.
  • Updated the Italian OSD texts (thanks to Nino Gerbino).
  • The "Select folder" menu now adds the folder names of all existing recordings to
    any names that have been predefined in "folders.conf" (suggested by Sören Moch).
  • Updated the Italian OSD texts (thanks to Diego Pierotto).
  • Fixed the German translations of "latitude" and "longitude" (they were swapped).
  • Updated the Hungarian OSD texts (thanks to Mario Fenneis).
  • Modified runvdr.template to improve compatibility with the "bash" and "dash" shells.
  • Changed the German translations if the texts related to "binary skipping" (based
    on a suggestion by Thomas Reufer).
  • Updated sources.conf to reflect the fact that Astra 4A and SES5 are actually in
    two separate positions (thanks to Arthur Konovalov).
  • Fixed cMarks::GetNextBegin() and cMarks::GetNextEnd() (thanks to Stefan Herdler).
    The behavior of these two functions is now exacly as described in the header file.
    Editing marks that are placed at exactly the same offset in a recording are now
    preserved in the cutting process.
  • Changed the naming of "binary skip mode" to "adaptive skip mode" (suggested by
    Rolf Ahrenberg and Derek Kelly).
  • cDvbPlayer and cReplayControl now use the same list of editing marks. This avoids
    inconsistent behavior with the "Skip edited parts" or "Pause replay at last mark"
    functions when the editing marks are manipulated during replay.
  • Fixed setting an empty recording name or folder to a blank in the "Edit recording"
    menu (reported by Christoph Haubrich).
  • Added a confirmation before renaming a recording to its folder name (suggested
    by Christoph Haubrich).
  • Modified EntriesOnSameFileSystem(), so that it returns 'true' if either of the given
    files doesn't exist (to avoid any actions that might be triggered if files are on
    different file system), and changed handling the 'error' variable in cDirCopier, so
    that it is initialized to 'true' and will only be set to 'false' if the entire
    copy process has been successful (problem reported by Christoph Haubrich).
  • Added the UPDATE-2.2.0 file.

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