Manual Reference Pages - TV_EXTRACTINFO_EN (1)
tv_extractinfo_en - read English-language listings and extract info
from programme descriptions.
tv_extractinfo_en [--help] [--output FILE] [FILE...]
Read XMLTV data and attempt to extract information from
English-language programme descriptions, putting it into
machine-readable form. For example the human-readable text (repeat)
in a programme description might be replaced by the XML element
<B>--output FILEB> write to FILE rather than standard output
This tool also attempts to split multipart programmes into their
constituents, by looking for a description that seems to contain lots
of times and titles. But this depends on the description following
one particular style and is useful only for some listings sources
If some text is marked with the lang attribute as being some
language other than English (en), it is ignored.
Ed Avis, email@example.com
Trying to parse human-readable text is always error-prone, more so
with the simple regexp-based approach used here. But because TV
listing descriptions usually conform to one of a few set styles,
tv_extractinfo_en does reasonably well. It is fairly conservative,
trying to avoid false positives (extracting information which
isnt really there) even though this means some false negatives
(failing to extract information and leaving it in the human-readable
However, the leftover bits of text after extracting information may
not form a meaningful English sentence, or the punctuation may be
On the two listings sources currently supported by the XMLTV package,
this program does a reasonably good job. But it has not been tested
with every source of anglophone TV listings.
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