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NAME

       vdr - the Video Disk Recorder

SYNOPSIS

       vdr [options]

DESCRIPTION

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

       At  least  one  DVB  card  is  required  to  run  vdr. With it you can watch live TV while
       recording one or more other broadcasts from the same transponder.  It is also possible  to
       start  watching  a recorded programme before the live broadcast has ended (time shifting).
       In order to record from different transponders simultaneously two or more  DVB  cards  are
       necessary.   By  default vdr can support up to eight DVB cards.  The primary DVB card (the
       one your TV set is connected to) can either be a "full  featured"  card,  which  means  it
       contains  an MPEG decoder and provides audio and video signal outputs, or you can use some
       third party plugin that implements software decoding of the MPEG data and displays it  via
       the system's graphics adapter.

       vdr  uses an On Screen Display (OSD) to display its menus.  It can be controlled by the PC
       keyboard, the "Linux Infrared Remote  Control"  (LIRC),  or  any  other  means  of  remote
       control, implemented by a third party plugin.

       Remote access is possible via the "Simple Video Disk Recorder Protocol" (SVDRP), which can
       be accessed on port 6419, for instance by telnet.

OPTIONS

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

       --cachedir=dir
              Save cache files in dir (default is to save them in the video directory).

       --chartab=character_table
              Set the character table to use for strings in the DVB data stream that don't  begin
              with  a  character  table  indicator,  but don't use the standard default character
              table (for instance ISO-8859-9).

       -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 (implies --no-kbd).

       -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).  If -D- is given, no DVB devices will be
              used at all, independent of any other -D options.

       --dirnames=path[,name[,enc]]
              Set the maximum directory path length to path (default is the maximum value allowed
              on the system). If name is also given, it defines the maximum directory name length
              (default is the maximum value allowed on the system).  The optional enc can be 0 or
              1, and controls whether special characters in directory names are  encoded  as  hex
              values (default: 0).  If path or name are left empty (as in ",,1" to only set enc),
              the defaults apply.  The length of the video directory name and that of the  actual
              recording  directory  is subtracted from path, to make sure the directory path will
              never become too long.

       --edit=rec
              Edit the given recording.  rec must be the full path name of an existing recording.
              The program will return immediately after editing the recording.

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

       --filesize=size
              Limit  video files to size bytes (default is 2000M).  This option is only useful in
              conjunction with --edit, and must precede that option to have an effect.   size  is
              an  integer  number  and  may  be  followed  by  one of the letters K, M, G or T to
              abbreviate Kilo-, Mega-, Giga- or  Terabyte,  respectively.   The  given  value  is
              silently limited to the program's internal minimum and maximum values.

       --genindex=rec
              Generate the index file for the given recording.  rec must be the full path name of
              an existing recording.  The recording must be  in  TS  format.   If  the  recording
              already  has  an  index  file, it will be deleted before creating the new one.  The
              program will return immediately after generating the index.  Note that  using  this
              option while another instance of VDR is currently replaying the given recording, or
              if the recording has not been finished yet, may lead to unexpected results.

       -g, --grab=dir
              Write images from the SVDRP command GRAB into the given directory dir. dir must  be
              the  full  path  name  of  an  existing  directory, without any "..", double '/' or
              symlinks. By default, or if -g- is given, grabbing images to disk is disabled.

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

       -i instance, --instance=instance
              Use instance as the id of this VDR instance (default  is  0).   In  an  environment
              where  several instances of VDR use the same video directory, this parameter can be
              set to a positive integer value that's unique for each instance, so that they won't
              interfere  with  each  other  in  case they record exactly the same broadcast.  The
              number given here will be part of the directory name in which the  recordings  will
              be stored.

       -l level, --log=level
              Set  logging  to  level.   0 = no  logging,  1 = errors  only, 2 = errors and info,
              3 = errors, info and debug.  The default logging level is 3.  If logging should  be
              done to LOG_LOCALn instead of LOG_USER, add '.n' to LEVEL, as in 3.7 (n=0..7).

       -L dir, --lib=dir
              Search  for  plugins  in  directory  dir  (default is ./PLUGINS/lib).  There can be
              several -L options with different dir values.  Each of them will apply  to  the  -P
              options following it.

       --lirc[=path]
              Use   a   LIRC   remote   control   device.    If   path   is   omitted,  vdr  uses
              /var/run/lirc/lircd.

       --localedir=dir
              Search for locale files in dir (default is ./locale).

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

       --no-kbd
              Don't use the keyboard as an input device.

       -p port, --port=port
              Use port for SVDRP. A value of 0 turns off SVDRP.  The default SVDRP port is  6419.
              You  need  to  edit the file svdrphosts.conf in order to enable access to the SVDRP
              port from hosts other than the localhosts.  Note that this option only changes  the
              TCP  port  used  for SVDRP commands.  The UDP port for discovering peer VDRs in the
              same network is always set to 6419 and can't be changed.

       -P options, --plugin=options
              Load a plugin, defined by the given options.  The first word in options must be the
              name  of  an  existing vdr plugin, optionally followed by a blank separated list of
              command line options for that plugin. 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. See the file INSTALL for more information.

       --resdir=dir
              Read resource files from dir (default is to read them from the config directory).

       --showargs[=dir]
              Read  command line arguments from dir (default is /etc/vdr/conf.d), display them to
              the console and exit.

       -s cmd, --shutdown=cmd
              Call cmd to shutdown the computer. See the file INSTALL for more information.

       --split
              Split edited files at the editing marks.  This option is only useful in conjunction
              with --edit, and must precede that option to have an effect.

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

       -u user, --user=user
              Run as user user in case vdr was started as user 'root'.  Starting vdr as 'root' is
              necessary if the system time shall be  set  from  the  transponder  data,  but  for
              security  reasons  vdr  can  switch  to  a  lesser privileged user id during normal
              operation. user can be a user name or a numerical id.

       --updindex=rec
              Update the index file for the given recording.  rec must be the full path  name  of
              an  existing  recording.   The  recording  must  be in TS format.  If the recording
              already has an index file, it will be checked whether it is complete, and  will  be
              updated  if  it  isn't. If there is no index file yet, a new one will be generated.
              The program will return immediately after updating the index.  Note that using this
              option while another instance of VDR is currently replaying the given recording, or
              if the recording has not been finished yet, may lead to unexpected results.

       --userdump
              Allow coredumps if -u is given (only for debugging).

       --vfat For backwards compatibility (same as --dirnames= 250,40,1).

       -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 watchdog.

       If  started  without  any options, vdr tries to read command line options from files named
       '*.conf' in the directory /etc/vdr/conf.d. Files  are  read  in  alphabetical  order.  See
       vdr(5) for details.

SIGNALS

       SIGINT, SIGTERM
              Program exits with status 0.

       SIGHUP Program  exits with status 1. This can be used to force a reload, for example if an
              update has been installed.

EXIT STATUS

       0      Successful program execution.

       1      An error has been detected which requires the DVB driver and vdr to be reloaded.

       2      An non-recoverable error has been detected, vdr has given up.

FILES

       channels.conf
              Channel configuration.

       timers.conf
              Timer configuration.

       setup.conf
              User definable setup.

       commands.conf
              User definable commands (executed from the Commands menu).

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

       marks  Contains the editing marks defined for a recording.

       info   Contains a description of the recording.

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

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

       remote.conf
              Contains the key assignments for the remote control.

       keymacros.conf
              Contains user defined remote control key macros.

       00001.ts ... 65535.ts
              The actual data files of a recording.

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

       .update
              If this file is present in the video directory, its last modification time will  be
              used to trigger an update of the list of recordings in the "Recordings" menu.

SEE ALSO

       vdr(5),svdrpsend(1)

AUTHOR

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

REPORTING BUGS

       Report bugs to <vdr-bugs@tvdr.de>.

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright © 2018 Klaus Schmidinger.

       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO  warranty;  not
       even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.