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I have written a better EPG

Added by Paul M about 3 years ago

I'm sorry but I know this has been covered in various ways when discussing apps, but I don't think it's been specifically discussed about the web interface that you access from laptop or desktop.

The default EPG in TVH is useful if you want to look for a specific channel, or search for a specific program. However, unlike most DVRs, there doesn't appear to be a grid view with channels listed vertically and "now and next" listed horizontally.


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RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Paul M about 1 year ago

I had a look the dave-p/TVHadmin interface and it's pretty good, the timeline view is close to what I want to achieve.

things I would add to it in configuration:
  • persistent auth token setting
  • separate URL for connection to service for internal use vs the URL that is given to streaming players
things I would add to it in timeline view:
  • persistent auth token for streaming
  • when you click, set the downloaded file to be "tvheadend.m3u" so you can open it from the browser in chosen app, e.g. vlc
  • in timeline, hover the mouse for more information, the 2nd title and exact start and end times
  • add chromecast support
  • add a button to record the show
  • filter channels by name or tag
things I would add in recordings view:
  • when you click, set the downloaded file to be "tvheadend.m3u" so you can open it from the browser in chosen app, e.g. vlc
  • set the URL to contain username/password for the streaming player
  • filter by name or channel or something

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Dave Pickles about 1 year ago

It seems a few of us have been using our "lockdown" time to write Tvheadend interfaces...

I've created a Javascript version of TVHadmin - https://github.com/dave-p/TVHadmin-JS
It's pure Javascript with no external dependencies and loads from the Tvheadend server - no external web server needed. It uses the same authentication as the native web interface. The only requirement is a reasonably up-to-date browser on the client - IE definitely will not work.

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Paul M about 1 year ago

I saw that, Dave and I am impressed. Please feel free to steal any of my code if you think it will benefit your EPG.

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Dave H about 1 year ago

I just tried to install and run TVHadmin-JS but I'm obviously doing something wrong.

I went to https://github.com/dave-p/TVHadmin-JS and am trying to follow the instructions there.

My TVH has a /usr/share/tvheadend/src/webui/static/ directory (created by my distro) so that's where I created a tvhadmin directory. The instructions say to copy the repository there and I'm not sure what that means. So I did

$ git clone https://github.com/dave-p/TVHadmin-JS.git

I then went to http://localhost:9981/static/tvhadmin/TVHadmin.html

and got a server error message and the TVH log said

2020-11-26 17:37:45.301 webui: failed to open src/webui/static/tvhadmin/TVHadmin.html
2020-11-26 17:37:45.301 http: 127.0.0.1: HTTP/1.1 GET /static/tvhadmin/TVHadmin.html -- 500

Now I believe that's because the file is actually a directory lower and a request for

http://localhost:9981/static/tvhadmin/TVHadmin-JS/config.html

does work, so I don't know whether the instructions are wrong or just unclear and I did something wrong.

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Dave Pickles about 1 year ago

The intention was that you would create a new directory 'tvhadmin' under /usr/share/tvheadend/src/webui/static/ and then manually move the files into there. However it is much simpler to just do a git clone into /usr/share/tvheadend/src/webui/static/ so I'll change the instructions. The URL should then be http://your.ip:9981/static/TVHadmin-JS/TVHadmin.html

Thanks for the bug report!

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Dave H about 1 year ago

So I'm enjoying having a look at this interface. Thanks!

One suggestion. On the timeline, the strap with the date and times should be part of the fixed header, not part of the vertically scrolling frame. And yes it should also be part of the horizontally scrolling frame, so I suppose that means nested frames are required.

PS dunno if 'frame' is the correct word here.

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Dave H about 1 year ago

Dave Pickles wrote:

The intention was that you would create a new directory 'tvhadmin' under /usr/share/tvheadend/src/webui/static/ and then manually move the files into there. However it is much simpler to just do a git clone into /usr/share/tvheadend/src/webui/static/ so I'll change the instructions. The URL should then be http://your.ip:9981/static/TVHadmin-JS/TVHadmin.html

Apart from that I was I thought following the instructions, the reason I created the initial tvhadmin directory was so I could change ownership to my own user before I did anything else.

/usr/share/tvheadend/src/webui/static/ belongs to my distro, and anything I do in there is 'naughty' and will get wiped out or complained about whenever I do an upgrade, so I wanted to be very sure I could easily recognize anything I had put in there.

Dunno if there's anywhere else in the user-controlled part of the tree where I could put stuff and have TVH find it?

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by David G about 1 year ago

Umm, I just tried to update to the latest tvh_epg.py file but it produces the attached error for me?

EDIT: Sorted, after updating you need to go to the settings tab, check "Maximum Number Of Channels", then submit. I just left it set at 500.

tmp00rvbjzv.html (9.1 KB) tmp00rvbjzv.html error file

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Paul M about 1 year ago

thanks David G, I will address that bug.

I have to set my channel max to 1700 for freesat, but I have a config error and a lot of duplicated channels.

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Paul M about 1 year ago

David P, maybe hack in an install.sh script which simply rsync's the files to the required directory and sets the appropriate ownership?

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Paul M 10 months ago

I squashed a few bugs and added a few features, thanks to dgilbert2 on guthub for his help and patience.

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Paul M 10 months ago

if I add some new settings then yes, it should advice that you need to go to the settings page to update things.

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by John White 2 months ago

Hello, I must be failing somewhere but followed instructions to install this (Ubuntu 18.04 with Apache2; cgi mod enabled) but cannot get this to work. Apache error log spits out (see below)
I have a .cgi and a .py test page which work - but are very simple

As an aside, I do have David P's js version working; so I CAN manage something...

[Fri Sep 24 14:11:04.731995 2021] [core:notice] [pid 43595:tid 140394749135808] AH00094: Command line: '/usr/sbin/apache2'
Error in sys.excepthook:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3.6/tempfile.py", line 401, in _mkstemp_inner
    fd = _os.open(file, flags, 0o600)
FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/var/www/html/python_errors/tmpdc207m2w.html'

Original exception was:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/cgi-bin/tvh_epg.py", line 1615, in <module>
    web_interface()
  File "/usr/lib/cgi-bin/tvh_epg.py", line 1550, in web_interface
    html_page_header()
  File "/usr/lib/cgi-bin/tvh_epg.py", line 1334, in html_page_header
    if BG_COL_PAGE in MY_SETTINGS[SETTINGS_SECTION] and MY_SETTINGS.get(SETTINGS_SECTION, BG_COL_PAGE) != '':
  File "/usr/lib/python3.6/configparser.py", line 959, in __getitem__
    raise KeyError(key)
KeyError: 'user'
[Fri Sep 24 14:11:23.088810 2021] [http:error] [pid 43599:tid 140394536879872] [client 192.xxx.x.xx:58886] AH02429: Response header name '<!--' contains invalid characters, aborting request

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Paul M 2 months ago

Hi John White
I have set my default web docs directory to /var/www/html and if the python goes wrong it expects to write to the directory /var/www/html/python_errors

if that is your web root, try making that directory and changing the group perms to writable, and the group ownership to www-data (or httpd, or whatever your daemon runs as).

if your web root is different, you'll have to tweak the python slightly to suit, and make the directory in the appropriate place and set the perms.

hope this helps,
Paul

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by John White 2 months ago

Thanks for reply, have had time to do as suggested...

now have this:

/usr/lib/cgi-bin/tvh_epg.py in &lt;module&gt;()
1613 cgitb.enable(display=0, logdir=DOCROOT + '/python_errors', format='html')
1614
=> 1615 web_interface()
1616
1617 else:
web_interface = &lt;function web_interface&gt;
/usr/lib/cgi-bin/tvh_epg.py in web_interface()
1548 html_page_footer()
1549 elif p_page == 'error':
=> 1550 html_page_header()
1551 page_error(error_text)
1552 html_page_footer()
global html_page_header = &lt;function html_page_header&gt;
/usr/lib/cgi-bin/tvh_epg.py in html_page_header()
1332
1333 bg_col_page = BG_COL_DEF_PAGE
=> 1334 if BG_COL_PAGE in MY_SETTINGS[SETTINGS_SECTION] and MY_SETTINGS.get(SETTINGS_SECTION, BG_COL_PAGE) != '':
1335 bg_col_page = MY_SETTINGS.get(SETTINGS_SECTION, BG_COL_PAGE)
1336
global BG_COL_PAGE = 'bg_col_page', global MY_SETTINGS = &lt;configparser.ConfigParser object&gt;, global SETTINGS_SECTION = 'user', MY_SETTINGS.get = &lt;bound method RawConfigParser.get of &lt;configparser.ConfigParser object&gt;>
/usr/lib/python3.6/configparser.py in getitem(self=&lt;configparser.ConfigParser object&gt;, key='user')
957 def getitem(self, key):
958 if key != self.default_section and not self.has_section(key):
=> 959 raise KeyError(key)
960 return self._proxies[key]
961
builtin KeyError = &lt;class 'KeyError'&gt;, key = 'user'

I don't have any initiation of setting up a "settings file"; when I tried to create a user with persistent authentication in the TVH "users" page; there is no "persistent authentication token" read only field. Perhaps my TVH version is too old/outdated (v HTS Tvheadend 4.2.8-36~g5bdcfd8ac) ??

Regards John

RE: I have written a better EPG - Added by Paul M 2 months ago

Hi,

did you make the directory /var/lib/tvh_epg/
and make it group www-data and group writable? (or whatever httpd runs as)

that should allow you to go into the settings menu and set the values to your local services. the EPG cgi-bin doesn't need to run on the same server as TVH, which might be a good thing if you're running TVH on a low powered device like a Pi.

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