Today is only a fractionally less busy day than yesterday with all 24 channels used again, 23 sports involved and 58 recording slots totalling 220 hours and 40 minutes. Apart from digiguide.tv missing channel 24's events completely, the other interesting note is that the BBC has finally decided to experiment with splitting up some of the tennis slots into two, which is something I've been banging on about for days now.
Channels 22 and 24 will broadcast tennis in 11:30-16:00 and 16:00 to 20:10 slots, which is great, but sadly the mad 8+ hour tennis slots remain on channels 6 and 7 (I will be splitting those along with sailing, which is still over 6 hours today). The BBC have also finally mostly split each football match onto separate channels, though channel 4 wrecks it with a 2-match 5 hours 5 mins slot at 14:20. So better scheduling from the BBC at last, but by no means perfect.
It's slightly worrying that Team GB have no gold medal yet and languish 16th in the medals table after 5 days of events. We were far too optimistic about Cavendish for road racing gold the other day, IMHO. If anyone's seen the Tour De France over the years, they'll know it's an unpredictable sport, particularly if a strong breakaway occurs.
Also, I was surprised how all the British riders behaved like they were a team and didn't have anyone try to join the breakaways - it was an individual event after all (there are no team prizes or glory like in the TDF). As an individual rider, Cav's complaints about other teams not working shows the wrong attitude - it was every man for himself (the winner wasn't working with anyone!) and this was the flaw in all the British riders' tactics.
A couple of times today, the Now/Next info has actually managed to double up recordings in tvheadend for the same satellite channel! Something seems to pick up an empty slot title (e.g. "This is BBC Olympics 9 HD") and put it into the current active recording slot and, somewhat bizarrely, also records it despite it not matching any of my Automatic Recording strings (I deliberately made sure that empty slot title didn't match, otherwise I would end up with thousands of hours of timetable video :-) Luckily, the original recording in that slot continues as well and I just leave both running unless there's SSD space issues.
I just realised I didn't show some of the output from the script I wrote the other day to keep an eye on the recordings from a filestore point of view. It was mainly written to make sure that what was on the tvheadend Web interface matches what's on the filestore. So here's an example from today (I have the script on both pc1 and pc2):
4992 MB: BBC-Olympics-2-HD/-Olympic-Gymnastics-Artistic-.mkv
18320 MB: BBC-Olympics-4-HD/-Olympic-Tennis--1.mkv
11843 MB: BBC-Olympics-5-HD/-Olympic-Tennis--1.mkv
9616 MB: BBC-Olympics-6-HD/-Olympic-Sailing--1.mkv
21932 MB: BBC-Olympics-8-HD/-Olympic-Hockey-.mkv
8242 MB: BBC-Olympics-12-HD/-Olympic-Weightlifting-.mkv
4877 MB: BBC-Olympics-13-HD/-Olympic-Basketball-.mkv
16437 MB: BBC-Olympics-14-HD/-Olympic-Beach-Volleyball-.mkv
9908 MB: BBC-Olympics-15-HD/-Olympic-Archery-.mkv
6137 MB: BBC-Olympics-20-HD/-Olympic-Table-Tennis-.mkv
7327 MB: BBC-Olympics-21-HD/-Olympic-Tennis--1.mkv
13610 MB: BBC-Olympics-23-HD/-Olympic-Boxing-.mkv
Active: 12, total: 133247 MB (130.1 GB), free: 32050 MB (31.3 GB) = 16.32%
16675 MB: BBC-Olympics-19-HD/-Olympic-Badminton-.mkv
Done: 1, total: 16675 MB (16.3 GB), free: 32050 MB (31.3 GB) = 16.32%
Any filename with "--1" in it is a second file that is recording after a split (i.e. I split Tennis and Sailing today). The first file will already have been moved to HDD of course. You can see a 16GB Badminton file that would be moved to HDD a few minutes later by my transmedia program, which freed up that space on the SSD. If anything appears in the Done list that shouldn't, then I'll know something is wrong.
One handy thing to do is to keep a rolling set of 2 runs of the script output in the terminal permanently, so you can compare between runs and see what's changed. I tend to run the script when multiple recordings start simultaneously (which unfortunately happen a lot!), to make sure things look OK.
On another note, I've been running a BBC One HD feed in XBMC permanently during the day (switching it occasionally to a sat feed when the BBC One HD sport is boring). Prior to today, I'd only put it on occasionally if there was really something important to watch.
A little sad to see that after 6 days of events and the awarding of 38 gold medals, Great Britain has failed to win a gold and has slipped even further to 20th in the medal table. Let's hope that we climb up the table soon! An impressive start by France I see - thanks to their swimmers, they've got 3 golds and lie in third place in the table.
Day 6 recording size: 1104GB - grand total so far: 4077GB (4.0TB)