Non XMLTV Grabber

How do I use a listings grabber that is not part of the XMLTV project? (E.g. for French or Australian listings.)

French listings

At the time of writing, the French listings grabber in XMLTV is broken, but there is an external one that one of our users, Xavier, has managed to get work. Here is how:

Some good news : I got some help from a french user :
and we finally managed to make file tv_grab_fr working with Freeguide 0.10.12 !
So you were right about your explanations about vim and setting file on unix format, I did not understand how vim worked and I did not type the ":" so it could not be OK.
What we have done, if it can help for the FAQ :
I use last version of Freeguide (0.10.12), Ubuntu package, on Karmic 9.10
I open it with vim (in the terminal "vim tv_grab_fr") and made the modifications suggested :
: set fileformat=unix
: w
: q
After that I run Freeguide, go to menu "Tools" - "Option" - "Advanced" (I do not know if it is the exact word in english) - "XMLTV"
I choose Fr in the first line, and for the 2 following, I modify the path to indicate in which folder is located the tv_grab_fr I want to use instead of official XMLTV one.
Here is the screenshot:
In this example, tv_grab_fr is located on my desktop : /home/xavierg/Bureau/
I do not modify other rules
After that, when I click OK, sometimes Freeguide crashed : I opened it throw a terminal to see the error message :
"The program '<unknown>' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'.
(Details: serial 11253 error_code 3 request_code 20 minor_code 0)"
But when I reload Freeguide, configuration is saved.
After that I run menu "Tools" - "Choose channels" ("Choisir les chaines" in french) and select the channels I want to add.
Then I run the programs download, here it takes a long time (comparing to previous french tv_grab) but I think it comes from the new french site used for the grabber, which is sometimes slow.
And finally I get all the programs and can restart to use Freeguide, make bookmarks and alerts for my favorite shows ! :-)

Australian listings

Here is some advice from one of our users on how he got Australian listings working:

I went to http://minnie.tuhs.org/twiki/bin/view/TVGuide/ and signed up for an account, then I downloaded http://www.wireplay.org/xmltv_au/tv_grab_au.exe then I just went into Tools, Options, Advanced, Grabbers, XMLTV, picked any one and changed the command path to:
C:\Program Files\video\FreeGuide\TVGuideGrabber\tv_grab_au_tuhs.exe --config-file "C:\Program Files\video\FreeGuide\TVGuideGrabber\tv_grab_au_tuhs.xml"

If you manage to get any non-official grabbers working, ContactUs and let us know so we can help others do the same.

If any third-party grabber works well, and is not going to go into XMLTV for some reason (e.g. it's not written in Perl), and it's GPL licenced, we will consider distributing it as a part of FreeGuide to make it easier for others to use.

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