[vdr] [ANNOUNCE] VDR developer version 1.3.47

Klaus Schmidinger Klaus.Schmidinger at cadsoft.de
Mon Apr 17 17:06:58 CEST 2006

VDR developer version 1.3.47 is now available at


A 'diff' against the previous version is available at


Except for a few version numbers in the man pages etc., this
is pretty much what will become the final version 1.4.

Those who have translated the OSD texts should please check whether
there are any untranslated texts in their language left, and send
me a patch (diff -u) against this version of the i18n.c file.

Please test this version intensively and report bugs as soon as
possible to this list, or directly to me via email.

The changes since version 1.3.46

- Updated the Finnish OSD texts (thanks to Rolf Ahrenberg).
- Fixed a crash when setting the time transponder in the Setup menu, caused by the
   new 'noneString' in cMenuEditChanItem (reported by Thomas Günther).
- Added NULL checks to some strdup() calls in menuitems.c (suggested by Darren
- Removed the unnecessary 'value' member from cMenuEditItem.
- Fixed the initial setting of the time transponder setup parameter (reported
   by Thomas Günther).
- Fixed unnecessary Set() calls in cMenuEditIntItem::ProcessKey().
- Allowing a tolerance for symbol rate values that are off by one (thanks to
   Richard Lithvall).
- Added VBITeletextDescriptorTag, TeletextDescriptorTag, LocalTimeOffsetDescriptorTag
   and PremiereContentTransmissionDescriptor to 'libsi' (thanks to Marco Schlüßler).
- Using geteuid() to check whether VDR is running as user 'root' (suggested by
   Tobias Grimm).
- Added a missing "Key$" in skincurses.c (reported by Darren Salt).
- Reintroduced the log message "deleting plugin: ..." when shutting down VDR (upon
   request by Ville Skyttä, as in the initial patch from Christoph Haubrich).
- Fixed the vdr.1 man page (a single DVB card can record and do live tv).
- The preferred audio language is now automatically selected when starting replay.
- Updated the Danish OSD texts (thanks to Mogens Elneff).
- The new function cPlugin::Active() can be used by a plugin to indicate that it
   is still busy and the system should not shut down or restart (based on a patch
   from Peter Dittmann). See PLUGINS.html for details.
- Fixed setting the 'Delta' parameter when calling the shutdown script with
   no active timer (reported by Helge Lenz).
- In order to make sure that plugins are compiled with the same DVB driver header
   files as VDR itself, the definition of DVBDIR has been removed from the VDR
   Makefile. If you are using a driver version that has its header files at a location
   other than /usr/include/linux/dvb, you can define DVBDIR in the Make.config
   file (see also INSTALL). Any reference to DVBDIR should be removed from all
   plugins' Makefiles, like this:

   --- PLUGINS/src/hello/Makefile  2005/11/11 13:20:14     1.10
   +++ PLUGINS/src/hello/Makefile  2006/04/15 11:58:46     1.11
   @@ -20,7 +20,6 @@

    ### The directory environment:

   -DVBDIR = ../../../../DVB
    VDRDIR = ../../..
    LIBDIR = ../../lib
    TMPDIR = /tmp
   @@ -40,7 +39,7 @@

    ### Includes and Defines (add further entries here):

   -INCLUDES += -I$(VDRDIR)/include -I$(DVBDIR)/include
   +INCLUDES += -I$(VDRDIR)/include


   Thanks to Marco Schlüßler for pointing out this problem.
- Implemented kNext and kPrev keys (based on a patch from Peter Juszack).
   See MANUAL for details.
- Implemented kChanPrev (from a patch from Darren Salt).
- The "Update channels" parameter in the "Setup/DVB" menu has been extended to
   allow updating only the PIDs (see MANUAL for details). When updating to this
   version of VDR, please verify that the setting is as you want it to be, because
   the values have been shifted.
- The new APIVERSION (see config.h) now allows existing compiled plugins to be
   used with newer versions of VDR, as long as there have been no changes to the
   VDR header files since the last APIVERSION. Existing plugins' Makefiles should
   have all references to VDRVERSION changed to APIVERSION, like this:

   --- PLUGINS/src/hello/Makefile  2006/04/15 11:58:46     1.11
   +++ PLUGINS/src/hello/Makefile  2006/04/16 09:03:50     1.12
   @@ -28,9 +28,9 @@

    -include $(VDRDIR)/Make.config

   -### The version number of VDR (taken from VDR's "config.h"):
   +### The version number of VDR's plugin API (taken from VDR's "config.h"):

   -VDRVERSION = $(shell grep 'define VDRVERSION ' $(VDRDIR)/config.h | awk '{ print $$3 }' | sed -e 's/"//g')
   +APIVERSION = $(shell grep 'define APIVERSION ' $(VDRDIR)/config.h | awk '{ print $$3 }' | sed -e 's/"//g')

    ### The name of the distribution archive:

   @@ -67,7 +67,7 @@

    libvdr-$(PLUGIN).so: $(OBJS)
           $(CXX) $(CXXFLAGS) -shared $(OBJS) -o $@
   -       @cp $@ $(LIBDIR)/$@.$(VDRVERSION)
   +       @cp $@ $(LIBDIR)/$@.$(APIVERSION)

    dist: clean
           @-rm -rf $(TMPDIR)/$(ARCHIVE)
- If a timer is newly created from within the "Schedule" menu, and its event is
   already running or has its start time within the next two minutes, it now goes
   directly into the "Edit timer" menu in order to allow the user to make further
   changes to timer parameters before the actual recording starts (inspired by
   Christian Wieninger's "epgsearch" plugin).
- Added format check to syslog_with_tid().
- Updated the INSTALL file's section about non-VDR files in the video directory
   (since version 1.3.38 disk access is done in a separate thread, so the watchdog
   timer won't hit).
- Changed the behaviour of the "Use small font" setup option to *always* use the small
   font if set to '3' - even if it would have been a fixed font (suggested by Ronny
- No longer using characters 0x01 and 0x02 for mapping single quote and slash in
   recording names (thanks to Patrick Fischer for reporting that this was a problem
   with XML). The single quote is not mapped at all, and the slash is interchanged
   with the tilde. Existing recordings will be handled like before, so there is
   no need to actually rename them.
- The cRemote::CallPlugin() function now has a boolean return value that tells
   the caller whether initiating the plugin call was successful (suggested by
   Reinhard Nissl). If it returns false, another plugin call is currently pending
   and the caller should try again later. This also means that the SVDRP command
   PLUG can now return an error code is the call fails.
- The new function cPlugin::MainThreadHook() can be used by plugins to perform
   actions in the context of the main program thread. Use this function with great
   care and only of you absolutely have to! See also PLUGINS.html.

Have fun!


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