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       vdr [options]


       vdr  implements  a  complete digital Set-Top-Box and Video
       Recorder.  It can work with signals received  from  satel­
       lites  (DVB-S)  as  well  as cable (DVB-C) and terrestrial
       (DVB-T) signals.

       At least one DVB card is required to run vdr, but in order
       to  watch  one  broadcast  while  recording another, or to
       start watching a recorded programme before the live broad­
       cast  has  ended (time shifting), two DVB cards are neces­
       sary. By default vdr can support up to four DVB cards. The
       primary DVB card (the one your tv set is connected to) has
       to be a "full featured" card, which means it must  contain
       an  MPEG  decoder  and provide audio and video signal out­

       vdr uses the On Screen Display of the DVB card to  display
       its  menus.   It  can  be controlled by the PC keyboard, a
       home built "Remote  Control  Unit"  (RCU)  or  the  "Linux
       Infrared Remote Control" (LIRC).

       Remote  access  is  possible  via  the  "Simple Video Disk
       Recorder Protocol" (SVDRP), which can be accessed on  port
       2001, for instance by telnet.


       -a cmd, --audio=cmd
              Send Dolby Digital audio to stdin of command cmd.

       -c dir, --config=dir
              Read config files from directory dir (default is to
              read them from the video directory).

       -d, --daemon
              Run in daemon mode.

       -D num, --device=num
              Use only the given DVB device (num = 0,  1,  2...).
              There may be several -D options (by default all DVB
              devices will be used).

       -E file, --epgfile=file
              Write the EPG data into the given file (default  is
              /video/epg.data).   Use  -E-  to  disable this.  If
              file is a directory, the file epg.data will be cre­
              ated in that directory.

       -h, --help
              Print a help message and exit.

       -m, --mute
              Mute audio of the primary DVB device at startup.

       -p port, --port=port
              Use port for SVDRP. A value of 0 turns  off  SVDRP.
              The  default  SVDRP port is 2001.  You need to edit
              the file svdrphosts.conf in order to enable  access
              to the SVDRP port.

       -P options, --plugin=options
              Load  a  plugin, defined by the given options.  The
              first word in options must be the name of an exist­
              ing vdr plugin, optionally followed by a blank sep­
              arated list of command line options for  that  plu­
              gin.  If  options  contains any blanks, you need to
              enclose it in quotes, like for example

              vdr -P "abc -a -b xyz"

              which would load a plugin named abc, giving it  the
              command line options -a -b xyz. If you want to load
              all  available  plugins  (without  any   particular
              options) you can use

              vdr -P "*"

              (note  the  quotes  around  the asterisk to prevent
              wildcard expansion).

       -r cmd, --record=cmd
              Call cmd before and after a recording.

       -s cmd, --shutdown=cmd
              Call cmd to shutdown the computer.

       -t tty, --terminal=tty
              Set the controlling terminal.

       -v dir, --video=dir
              Use dir as video directory.  The default is /video.

       -V, --version
              Print version information and exit.

       -w sec, --watchdog=sec
              Activate  the  watchdog timer with a timeout of sec
              seconds.  A  value  of  0  (default)  disables  the


       0      Successful program execution.

              Timer configuration.

              User definable setup.

              User definable commands (executed from the Commands

              SVDRP host configuration, defining which  hosts  or
              networks are given access to the SVDRP port.

              Contains the editing marks defined for a recording.

              Contains a description of the recording.

              Contains the index into  the  recording  where  the
              last replay session left off.

              Contains  the  file number, offset and type of each
              frame of the recording.

              Contains the key assignments for  the  remote  con­

              Contains  the  key  assignments for the PC keyboard
              (used   if   the   program   was   compiled    with

       001.vdr ... 255.vdr
              The actual data files of a recording.

              Contains  all  current  EPG  data.  Can be used for
              external processing and will also be read  at  pro­
              gram  startup  to  have the full EPG data available




       Written by Klaus Schmidinger, with contributions from many
       others.   See the file CONTRIBUTORS in the vdr source dis­

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