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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) 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 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 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).

              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 directory.

              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

              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 port.

       -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

              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

              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.

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

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

       -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

              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 even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR  A  PARTICULAR