[linux-dvb] GUI version of tzap

Andy Burns linux-dvb at adslpipe.co.uk
Tue Dec 6 18:50:56 CET 2005

Hi there,

I'm just getting my htpc built, having used scan and tzap of course, 
before using xine for display so far.

Currently the PC is connected to a fairly poor aerial, which of course 
complicates things, while I found tzap or femon could give useful 
information, reading a stream of hex digits while pointing an aerial and 
   fiddling with an amplifier isn't necessarily the easiest thing to do, 
so I've cooked up gtzap which is a GTK version of tzap, with progress 
bars used as "meters" for signal/snr/ber which are easier to look at ;-)

see http://adslpipe.co.uk/linuxhtpc/images/gtzap1.png

It got me thinking, is there a wider need for a decent gui frontend 
which can guide a user through initial DVB setup? Or have I missed the 
fact that such a utility already exists ?

It could handle detecting cards, channel scanning, either a full (slow) 
autoscan, or taking "seed" values like scan currently does, or perhaps 
even looking up tuning details from a central transmitter database which 
can be updated more frequently than the util/scan/dvb* files from CVS 
and displaying status information from the tuner.

I'm happy to have a go at building such a utility, grabbing whatever 
bits are need from existing utilities where possible ...


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