Langue: en

Version: 2007-01-06 (mandriva - 22/10/07)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


tv_grab_de_tvtoday - Grab TV listings for Germany (from webpage).


tv_grab_de_tvtoday --help

tv_grab_de_tvtoday [--config-file FILE] --configure [--gui OPTION]

tv_grab_de_tvtoday [--config-file FILE] [--output FILE]
                   [--days N] [--offset N]
                   [--quiet] [--slow] [--nosqueezeout]

tv_grab_de_tvtoday --list-channels [--icons]

tv_grab_de_tvtoday --capabilities

tv_grab_de_tvtoday --version


Output TV listings for several channels available in Germany. The data comes from which is the webpage of one of the most popular TV magazines in Germany. The grabber relies on parsing HTML so it might stop working at any time.

First run tv_grab_de_tvtoday --configure to choose, which channels you want to download. Then running tv_grab_de_tvtoday with no arguments will output listings in XML format to standard output.

--configure Ask for each available channel whether to download and write the configuration file.

--config-file FILE Set the name of the configuration file, the default is ~/.xmltv/tv_grab_de_tvtoday.conf. This is the file written by --configure and read when grabbing.

--gui OPTION Use this option to enable a graphical interface to be used. OPTION may be 'Tk', or left blank for the best available choice. Additional allowed values of OPTION are 'Term' for normal terminal output (default) and 'TermNoProgressBar' to disable the use of Term::ProgressBar.

--output FILE Write to FILE rather than standard output.

--days N Grab N days. The default is seven.

--offset N Start N days in the future. The default is to start from today (= zero). Set to -1 to grab data beginning yesterday.

--quiet Suppress the progress messages normally written to standard error.

--slow enables long strategy run: publishes only some (vital) information on the actual listing pages, the rest is shown in a separate popup window. If you'd like to parse the data from these popups as well, supply this flag. But consider that the grab process takes much longer when doing so, since many more web pages have to be retrieved.

--nosqueezeout Disables aggressive squeeze out of information field from the index pages. If specified, the program description from is passed trough as data of the desc-tag, otherwise the data is parsed for information about actors, director, etc. and understood data gets returned in it's corresponding field.

--list-channels Write output giving <channel> elements for every channel available (ignoring the config file), but no programmes.

--icons Get the URL for channel-logos together with the channel-list. Mind that this takes a long time, since a webpage has to be requested for every channel.

--capabilities Show which capabilities the grabber supports. For more information, see <>

--version Show the version of the grabber.

--help Print a help message and exit.




Stefan Siegl, Inspired by tv_grab_fi by Matti Airas.


If you happen to find a bug, you're requested to send a mail to me at or to one of the XMLTV mailing lists, see webpages at