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       epgsearchuservars.conf - User defined variables


       In this file you can defines variables which then can be used in epgsearch in any play
       where variables are possible.


       Variables looks like %Variablename%.

       "Variablename" can be consist of any alphanumerical character. Space and special
       characters are not allowed.

       The variable names are case-insensitive.

       Examples for possible names:

        %Series% %DocuVar1% %ThemesSubtitleDate1%

        %Series%=New series~Thriller

       The variable %Series% will be assigned with the string "New series~Thriller".

       Assignments are always strings. Spaces stay spaces.


       The variable %Path% gets the content of the variable %Series%.

       You can do nearly everything:


       The variable %Path% contains now the string "New series~Thriller~Lost".

   Control structures
       You can use simple "if then else" constructions.

       These constructions cannot contain strings, only variables.  Spaces are ignored.


        %Variable%=%Path% ? %Path% : %Foo%

       If %Path% is not empty, assign the content of %Path% to %Variable%, otherwise the content
       of %Foo%.

       "%Path% ?" means "not empty?". You can use other checks.

        %Variable%=%Path%!=5 ? %Path% : %Foo%

       "%Path%!=5 ?" means "is %Path% equal 5?"

       You can also compare variables.


        %Variable%=%Path%!=%Five% ? %Path% : %Foo%

       Other possible checks:

        ==   equal
        !=   not equal

   Calling a system command
       You can call external commands. The returned string will be assigned to a variable

        %Result%=system(scriptname,%Variable1% %Variable2% -f %Variable3% --dir=%Variable4% --dummy)

       Calls the script "scriptname" with the parameters "%Variable1%", "%Variable2%", etc. The
       result will be stored in %Result%.

       You can use as many variables as you want.

       If needed, epgsearch will quote the variable.

       The script must return a string without line break!

       If the script returns nothing, an empty string will be assigned to the Variable %Result%.

   Possible variables
       The following variables exist:

        %time%           - start time in format HH:MM
        %timeend%        - end time in format HH:MM
        %date%           - start date in format TT.MM.YY
        %datesh%         - start date in format TT.MM.
        %time_w%         - weekday name
        %time_d%         - start day in format TT
        %time_lng%       - start time in seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00
        %title%          - title
        %subtitle%       - subtitle
        %summary%        - summary
        %htmlsummary%    - summary, where all CR are replaced with '<br />'
        %eventid%        - numeric event ID

        %<epg-category>% - a value from the extended EPG categories, specified in
                           F<epgsearchcats.conf>, like %genre% or %category%

        %chnr%           - channel number
        %chsh%           - the short channel name
        %chlng%          - the 'normal' channel name
        %chdata%         - VDR's internal channel representation (e.g. 'S19.2E-1-1101-28106')

        %colon%          - the sign ':'
        %datenow%        - current date in format TT.MM.YY
        %dateshnow%      - current date in format TT.MM.
        %timenow%        - current time in format HH:MM
        %videodir%       - VDR video directory (e.g. /video)
        %plugconfdir%    - VDR plugin config directory (e.g. /etc/vdr/plugins)
        %epgsearchdir%   - epgsearch config directory (e.g. /etc/vdr/plugins/epgsearch)

       See also "epgsearchcats.conf(5)".


        # Weekday, Date, Time
        %DateStr%=%time_w% %date% %time%

        # Themes or Subtitle or Date
        %ThemesSubtitleDate1%=%Subtitle% ? %Subtitle% : %DateStr%
        %ThemesSubtitleDate%=%Themes% ? %Themes% : %ThemesSubtitleDate1%

        # Calls this script to get a recording path


       epgsearch(1), "epgsearchcats.conf(5)"

AUTHOR (man pages)

       Mike Constabel <epgsearch (at) constabel (dot) net>


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