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       vdr - the Video Disk Recorder


       vdr [options]


       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)

       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 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 outputs.

       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 6419, 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

       -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).

              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 /video/  Use -E- to
              disable this.  If file is a directory, the file will be  created  in  that

              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.

              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.

              Use   a   LIRC   remote   control   device.    If   path   is   omitted,  vdr  uses

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

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

              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

       -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

              vdr -P "*"

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

              Use a serial port remote control device.  If path is omitted, vdr uses /dev/ttyS1.

       -r cmd, --record=cmd
              Call cmd before and after a recording. See the file INSTALL for more information.

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

              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

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

       --vfat Encode  special  characters  in  recording  names  to avoid problems with VFAT file

       -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.


              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.


       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.


              Channel configuration.

              Timer configuration.

              User definable setup.

              User definable commands (executed from the Commands menu).

              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.

              Contains the key assignments for the remote control.

              Contains user defined remote control key macros.

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

              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.




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


       Report bugs to <>.


       Copyright © 2008 Klaus Schmidinger.

       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO  warranty;  not