## Need help with Windows grabber

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neopelago
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### Need help with Windows grabber

I have been using a simple XMLTV grabber with Win7 for several years to download raw XML data. Unfortunately, a recent virus attack on this computer somehow managed to upset that arrangement.

The batch file I use to call the grabber contains:

c:\xmltv\xmltv.exe tv_grab_na_dd --days 13 ^

The old tv_grab_na_dd.conf file in .xmltv (which seems to be largely obsolete) contains:

timezone: -0600 (should be -0700 MST)
lineup: 0008200:- (should be 0008200:x)
channel: 25 ARTSC (obsolete channels)
...

When I run the batch file now from a command line, I just get the following error message:

Can't open perl script "-e" : No such file or directory

I have been through the documentation but have not been able to find anything helpful. So I will appreciate any advice anyone can give me about how to fix this.

rmeden
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### Re: Need help with Windows grabber

That error doesn't make sense.

What is your full batch script?
Are you specifying the full path to the batch script?
Where did you get xmltv.exe? (recent version? alpha-exe? windows distribution? old computer?)

I suspect you're using a different tv_grab_na_dd.conf. I suggest you run tv_grab_na_dd --configure

Robert

neopelago
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### Re: Need help with Windows grabber

The full batch script if just as I listed it -- I just double-click that batch file to run it.
My xmltv.exe (etc.) apparently came from zip file xmltv-0.5.48-win32.zip dated 2007-09-06.
I'm afraid I don' t understand your suggestion that I run tv_grab_na_dd -- configure.
What would the whole DOS command line for that look like?

rmeden
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### Re: Need help with Windows grabber

xmltv.exe tv_grab_na_dd --configure

(you just put xmltv.exe in front of any valid XMLTV command )

If you want a more recent copy you can just get xmltv.exe at http://alpha-exe.xmltv.org or the full windows distribution (includes some docs) at http://files.xmltv.org.

BTW, I suggest you also look at the directory %TEMP% and remove any pdk-* folders.

Robert

neopelago
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### Re: Need help with Windows grabber

I will look into all of those things. Thanks again.

neopelago
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### Re: Need help with Windows grabber

Not much luck in exploring alternatives:

First, I extracted my 2007 zip file to a new directory for a fresh start.
Also, I removed all pdk-* folders from %TEMP%

In each case, I tried this command:
[path]xmltv.exe tv_grab_na_dd --configure

In every case, I got the same eror message:
Can't open perl script "-e" : No such file or directory.

I hope this means something to somebody. Or are there other tests I could do to
help isolate the source of the problem?

rmeden
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### Re: Need help with Windows grabber

It's very strange..

Do you have a "space" or other weird character in your path? (That's a wild guess)

You can also remove everything from your path. (or in any of the parameters)

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mkdir c:\temp
copy \path\to\xmltv.exe c:\temp
PATH c:\temp
c:
cd  \temp
xmltv.exe tv_grab_na_dd --configure

If that doesn't work, email admin@sd and I'll schedule a time when I can remote in and take a look. (I wrote tv_grab_na_dd and xmltv.exe)

Robert