MythTV recording file names look like this: 1320_20120515120000.mpg. You can use a contributed perl script to create a symbolic link that looks like this: House_2012-05-14_9-00_PM_Holding_On.mpg
On my system, Ubuntu 12.04 MythTV 0.25, the perl script created by Chris Peterson is located here:
You can set the script to rename your recordings after they are written with a MythTV user job but I prefer to run the script every hour.
This is the method I use. I setup my directory to hold the symbolic links and put my script in the
/etc/cron.hourly directory. Below are the commands to set up the directory (your directory names will be different):
- sudo mkdir /mnt/disk0/mythtv/pretty
- sudo chown mythtv /mnt/disk0/mythtv pretty
- sudo chgrp mythtv /mnt/disk0/mythtv pretty
- sudo chmod g+w /mnt/disk0/mythtv/pretty
Create the script using
nano text editor.
sudo nano /etc/cron.hourly/mythpretty
The script is just a one liner.
#!/bin/sh /usr/bin/perl /usr/share/doc/mythtv-backend/contrib/user_jobs/mythlink.pl --underscores --link /mnt/disk0/mythtv/pretty --format %T_%Y-%m-%d_%g-%i_%A_%S
Make the script executable.
sudo chmod +x /etc/cron.hourly/mythpretty
Mythlink.pl has many format options. You can read about Mythlink.pl here: http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Mythlink.pl