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    Any way to get MythRename to work?

    Is there any way to get MythRename to work again?

    I previously used it to rename all of my recordings but have since re-installed the OS and it no longer works. I would occasionally use it to rename the recordings and then remove my full recordings drive (for archiving) and put in a fresh blank drive for new recordings. Renaming the files made it easy so that I could know what file a show is even when hooking up the archived drive to another OS.

    I understand that Mythlink replaced MythRename because people had problems when files were renamed based on guide data. This was never a problem for me because I always do manual timers (I don't use a guide).

    Please help me, my drive is getting full and I'd really like to rename the recordings before removing the drive.

    Thanks,
    Todd

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    Re: Any way to get MythRename to work?

    No

    Use the intended replacement, mythlink

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    Re: Any way to get MythRename to work?

    Quote Originally Posted by nickrout View Post
    No

    Use the intended replacement, mythlink
    Is it possible to make Mythlink rename files instead of just make links?

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    Re: Any way to get MythRename to work?

    (I have deleted my original answer after checking by running

    mythlink.pl --help
    which I assume you can do too
    Last edited by nickrout; August 12th, 2010 at 08:33 AM.

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    Re: Any way to get MythRename to work?

    Quote Originally Posted by nickrout View Post
    (I have deleted my original answer after checking by running



    which I assume you can do too
    I don't have Mythlink installed but I found the help file on the Wiki and found:

    Renaming the recording files is no longer supported.
    Ugh! So the answer is no. I thought open source was supposed to be about choice...not lack of it. If anyone has an idea of how to rename these files, I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Todd
    Last edited by toddk111; August 13th, 2010 at 06:15 AM.

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    Re: Any way to get MythRename to work?

    it is no longer supported BECAUSE IT BREAKS THINGS to rename your files rather than create a link to them.

    If you have mythtv-backend installed, you have mythlink.

    Here's what mine tells me:

    --rename

    Rename the recording files back to their default names. If you had
    previously used mythrename.pl to rename files (rather than creating links
    to the files), use this option to restore the file names to their default
    format.

    Renaming the recording files is no longer supported. Instead, use
    contrib/exports/mythfs.py to create a FUSE file system that represents
    recordings using human-readable file names or use mythlink.pl to create links with human-readable names to the recording files.
    For your purpose, what is wrong with making a link on the drive, then removing it for archiving? The link will have a human readable name, and will point to the file with the cryptic name.
    Last edited by nickrout; August 13th, 2010 at 07:54 AM.

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    Re: Any way to get MythRename to work?

    Quote Originally Posted by nickrout View Post
    it is no longer supported BECAUSE IT BREAKS THINGS
    It never broke anything for me because I don't use the guide.

    Quote Originally Posted by nickrout View Post
    For your purpose, what is wrong with making a link on the drive, then removing it for archiving? The link will have a human readable name, and will point to the file with the cryptic name.
    From my understanding symlinks are OS specific. So, if I wanted to hook up the drive to a WinXP machine, I'm out of luck. Is this correct?

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    Re: Any way to get MythRename to work?

    Don't know, what if you are suing ext3 then there is a free ext2/3 driver for windows, whether it copes with symlinks I dunno

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