Can help you guys fix feed problem :)

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19 Nov, 2013 04:52 PM

If you guys need help with fixing feed i can help. just ned a bit of information of how the episodes are obtained and from what source and i can try my best to assist your developer :). I'm a big fan of your program and have been using it for quite some time

  1. 1 Posted by thibaultvaudeli... on 19 Nov, 2013 05:55 PM

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    TVShows is open source so if you want to take a look at it, here is the link:
    I'm not into objective C so it's hard for me to help, but i appreciate the offer your making to the developing team :)

    I sincerely hope you can help them!

  2. 2 Posted by mr.moe7865 on 19 Nov, 2013 07:18 PM

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    Gonna take a look at it tomorrow. didn't realise it would be so many files i have to check. but i have a feeling the problem lies from where the .xml data for the shows is being pulled as i tried a different rss with tvshows and it worked perfectly

  3. 3 Posted by Risi Simms on 19 Nov, 2013 07:34 PM

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    The problem is, indeed, server-side, so modifying the app will do little good. The source for the feed generation doesn't appear to be open sourced, but I do hope they open it up.

    My feeling/speculation is that their feed update process relies on multiple external source feeds, itself, one or more of which appears to be having issues which are affecting feed updates here. This is probably written in some sort of scripting language, and integrating a new source or set of sources may be time consuming in regard to QA, or the maintainer may be swamped with a full time job, or hoping that the broken source may be fixed soon, so changes won't be necessary.

  4. 4 Posted by E on 19 Nov, 2013 08:16 PM

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    @mr.moe7865, Risi is right, there's nothing to fix the app itself...

    Yes, Customizied RSS (from for example) works fine but it is the server-side feed that needs resolving and the developer isn't done. He has a life (he has full time job) beside TVShows so when he have time, he will be working on it as much as he can. Yesterday, he got the download link fixed and updated the app to 2.1 build 631 after finding out that 630 was faulty(which was pulled several days ago. So it takes time.

    You can go ahead and unsubscribe all of those shows and use Yahoo! Pipe to create custom shows for time being till the server-side feed is restored. (The app is pulling the xml fine but the Feed list is not updated since Nov 12.) That way once the feed is fixed you can re-subscribe those show and you won't get overwhelmed with tons of downloads.

  5. 5 Posted by Risi Simms on 20 Nov, 2013 04:30 AM

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    I was wrong. Victor did, years ago, open source the ruby scripts that generate the feeds. The software looks clean. It appears rebuilding all the xml files is a single command. However, it appears if the database was hosed, it couldn't recover on its own, without the help of an admin.

    Anyway, everything appears to be updated now.

  6. 6 Posted by mr.moe7865 on 20 Nov, 2013 05:17 AM

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    Thanks for checking that up... So is everything fixed and in working order... Have they put in measures incase a problem like this repeats itself?
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