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README
MythWeather README - 08/2006
Lucien Dunning
ldunning@gmail.com

New Features
===============
-New Screens:
    Current Conditions
    3 day forecast
    6 day forecast
    18 hour forecast
    Severe Weather Alerts
    Generic animated image screen
    Generic static image screen

-External programs used to grab data.
-Which screens are displayed, and in what order, can be configured by the
user.
-Multiple instances of the same screen can be displayed, showing different
locations or units.
-Page change intervals now user configurable.
-Data can be retrieved as long as frontend is running, there is no longer a
wait for the initial data to be retrieved.
-Adding your own screen can be as simple as editing an xml file.
-Regular expression based location searching.
-Screens can include multiple locations.
-New configuration screens to make it all work.

Requirements
===============

Currently builds against version 0.21 of MythTV.

nice is required, it is used to reduce the priority of the scripts which are
run in the background.

The plugin relies on external scripts to retrieve weather data.
Currently they are all written in perl so a current version of that is
required (I don't know how current, I have 5.8).  Below are all of the
external modules required, some are included with a default installation,
others will need to be installed.  Some distros will have them in their
package management system, for those that aren't, see
http://cpan.org/misc/cpan-faq.html#How_install_Perl_modules 

XML::Parser
XML::SAX
Carp
SOAP::Lite
Data::Dumper
Date::Manip
Getopt::Std
LWP::Simple
Exporter
Image::Size

Currently its all or nothing, if any are missing, ./configure will fail.

Installation
===============

MythWeather is now included as a part of the mythplugins packages, therefore,
installation should be done at that level.  If any of the above perl
requirements are not met, the configure script will disable mythweather and
print an error message, resolve missing dependencies and rerun the script to
enable MythWeather.

Setup
===============

On all screens you press MENU to save changes and exit, or EXIT to cancel
changes.

Global Setup:
    This screen is pretty self explanatory.  The two time values determine how
    long to display pages.  The first is for normal operation.  The second is
    how long to stay on a page after a manual page change.  The checkbox
    determines whether data should be continually retrieved as long as the
    frontend is running.  This will improve startup time of MythWeather
    drastically since it will no longer have to wait for the initial data
    retrieval.  Enabling this does slow down the startup of mythfrontend
    slightly, but I have worked hard to minimize this.
Screen Setup:
    This is probably the most important of the setup screens.  The Screen Setup
    screen is where you decide what screens you want displayed, what units they
    will use, what location each screen displays, and in what order the screens
    are displayed.  The interface should be pretty intuitive; most options will
    be found by pressing select on the screen you want to manipulate.  Keep in
    mind that not all screens will ask for units since the nature of some
    sources doesn't allow them to change the units of the data.  Also, a screen
    can be a single location screen or a multi-location screen.  To change the
    location of a single location screen, you simply SELECT the screen in the
    active screens list and choose Change Location. To change the locations of
    a multi-location screen you have to set the location of each individual data
    item.  This may not be ideal, but it does allow for very easy screen and
    source development, along with very customizable location setups.  The
    location search screen searches the external sources that supply the data
    for the screen or data item you are configuring.  How it searches depends on
    which sources it is looking at.  Most of the sources (all of the ones I've
    written) use regular expressions to search.  If you want to see all possible
    locations you can search with ".*" or just a blank search term.  Once you
    have selected valid locations for all screens and data items that are
    active, you can press MENU to save and exit.  
Source Setup:
    This screen is where you configure the sources necessary to supply data to
    the screens chosen in the previous screen.  Since it filters out the unused
    sources, it is wise to make sure you have completed the screen setup prior
    to entering this screen.  This will ensure that you see the sources you want
    to.  This screen is pretty self-explanatory.  The first value is the timeout
    for retrieving data.  When a external data retrieval program exceeds this
    value, it will be terminated.  The second value is how long to wait between
    retrievals.  Note that some scripts will cache data to avoid hammering sites
    that update their data at fixed times.  Also, some scripts will report the
    update time as a value gathered from the server that signifies the time the
    data was generated or observed.  Others will simply use the time they were
    last run.  Therefore, if you see update times that seem further in the past
    than you think they should be, don't worry, chances are the scripts are
    running fine and you have the most current data available.

Use
===============
Once configured, using MythWeather requires little brain-power.  When the
plugin is started it will begin cycling through the screens.  If you wish to
pause on a screen press PAUSE (p).  If you wish to manually move between
pages, use the left and right arrows.  If you wish to manually initiate an
update, press 'u'.  Thats about it, to exit, press EXIT (escape).


All questions, ideas, and flamebait can be sent to me at ldunning@gmail.com,
receipt of email is no gurantee of reply (I'll try my best). I am also in
#mythtv on freenode from time to time, my nick is lu.
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