This page explains how to compile and install VDR on your linux system (if you don't want to have it done for you by your distro's package manager).
For the DVB driver in kernel 2.6 create a symbolic link
ln -s /usr/src/linux $SOURCEDIR/DVB
or use your distribution's kernel headers package.
For everything concerning the DVB driver see DVB installation.
Also the JPEG library has to be present on the system. In a typical distribution, the library and the development headers are in separate packages; to be able to compile VDR, you need both (though to run it, you need only the library). If you want or need to install it from source:
cd $SOURCEDIR tar -xvzf jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz cd jpeg-6b ./configure --prefix=/usr/local make make install ldconfig
First of all a recent version of VDR is required. There are two releases to choose from, the stable release with an even version number (like 1.2.x) and the developer release with a odd version number (like 1.3.x).
Which version to choose? The developer release has more features, but for the stable release more plugins are available. Both stable and development packages can be downloaded from 
The source is decompressed in the $SOURCEDIR and a symbolic link to VDR is created
cd $SOURCEDIR tar -jxvf /path/to/vdr-<VERSION>.tar.bz2 ln -s vdr-<VERSION> VDR cd VDR
Now a simple
The VDR build can be customised, using one of the following option with the make command
|"Remote Control Unit", a purpose-build for VDR infrared receiver (see )
|"Linux Infrared Remote Control". Infrared receiver for Linux (see )
|If the video directory is a Windows VFAT partition or should be shared via samba, this parameter is needed
|disables keyboard control
With this the make command could look like this
make VFAT=1 REMOTE=LIRC
If the plugins should also be compiled, use this
make VFAT=1 REMOTE=LIRC all plugins
But see plugin installation for more information on this.
All the parameter can be put into a Make.config file in the VDR directory for convenience
cp Make.config.template Make.config $EDITOR Make.config
At first the desired directory has to be created
su mkdir /var/spool/video mkdir /var/spool/epg mkdir /etc/vdr mkdir /usr/lib/vdr
These directory are for the recordings, for the EPG data, the configuration files and for the plugins. The directory can of course be altered to the personal likings. Especially the from the video directory separated configuration directory has the advantage of using different VDR versions with different configurations, but with one directory for the recordings.
Now the needed files must be copied over
cp vdr /usr/bin cp *.conf /etc/vdr cp PLUGINS/lib/* /usr/lib/vdr
cp svdrpsend.pl /usr/local/bin
If the manual pages are desired
gzip -c vdr.1 > /usr/man/man1/vdr.1.gz gzip -c vdr.5 > /usr/man/man5/vdr.5.gz
At startup VDR needs to know where all the files are and should go
vdr --video=/var/spool/video \ --epgfile=/var/spool/epg \ --config=/etc/vdr \ --lib=/usr/lib/vdr \ [further parameter]
For further parameters see VDR options.
VDR offers the possibility to be controlled over the network with the help of the SVDRP protocol. In the configuration file svdrphosts.conf every host and/or network is listed that is allowed to access to VDR. Only localhost is allowed in the standard configuration.
runvdr is a start script for VDR that comes with the sources. It not only starts VDR it also starts the DVB driver and recovers all after a crash.
|VDR download directory
|Remote Control Unit for VDR