No data in EPG
#1
Help please (and happy new year). 

I simply cannot get vdr to store any data in the epg.data file. It is updated every 10 minutes, but the file size stays zero. I have spent the best part of two days trying. I get vdr-sxfe showing me the pictures, with on screen menus, and the TV channels feed nicely into Kodi. I just cannot get it to store the Epg data. I have trawled the net, and particularly, all the threads in this forum. But nothing helps.
Any advice please?
Relevant data below.
Thanks.

vdr status
 vdr.service - Video Disk Recorder
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/vdr.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Mon 2018-12-31 22:01:30 GMT; 10min ago
  Process: 1061 ExecStartPre=/bin/sh /usr/lib/vdr/merge-commands.sh reccmds (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 941 ExecStartPre=/bin/sh /usr/lib/vdr/merge-commands.sh commands (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 1081 (vdr)
   Status: "Ready"
    Tasks: 20 (limit: 4915)
   CGroup: /system.slice/vdr.service
           ??1081 /usr/bin/vdr

Dec 31 22:03:52 Peru vdr[1081]: [1364] loading /var/lib/vdr/plugins/xineliboutput/allowed_hosts.conf
Dec 31 22:03:52 Peru vdr[1081]: [1364] [xine..put] setsockopt(SO_SNDBUF): got 262144 bytes
Dec 31 22:03:52 Peru vdr[1081]: [1364] [xine..put] Trying PIPE connection ...
Dec 31 22:03:52 Peru vdr[1081]: [1364] creating directory /var/lib/vdr/plugins/xineliboutput/pipes.1081
Dec 31 22:03:52 Peru vdr[1081]: [1364] removing /var/lib/vdr/plugins/xineliboutput/pipes.1081
Dec 31 22:03:52 Peru vdr[1081]: [1364] [xine..put] cBackgroundWriterI initialized (buffer 2048 kb)
Dec 31 22:03:52 Peru vdr[1081]: [1364] [xine..put] cTcpWriter initialized (buffer 2048 kb)
Dec 31 22:03:52 Peru vdr[1081]: [1364] [xine..put] Pipe open
Dec 31 22:11:13 Peru vdr[1081]: [4035] epg data writer thread started (pid=1081, tid=4035, prio=low)
Dec 31 22:11:13 Peru vdr[1081]: [4035] epg data writer thread ended (pid=1081, tid=4035)
 
uname -a:
Linux Peru 4.15.0-43-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 6 14:45:28 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

vdr relevant lines from syslog:
Dec 31 22:01:29 localhost vdr: [1359] EPGSearch: conflictcheck thread started (pid=1081, tid=1359, prio=high)
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] LIVE: initial file cache has 82 entries and needs 371532 bytes of data!
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] starting plugin: quickepgsearch
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] starting plugin: streamdev-server
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] loading /var/lib/vdr/plugins/streamdev-server/streamdevhosts.conf
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] starting plugin: svdrpservice
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] starting plugin: xineliboutput
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1363] streamdev server thread started (pid=1081, tid=1363, prio=high)
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1363] Streamdev: Listening (VTP) on port 2004
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1363] Streamdev: Listening (HTTP) on port 3000
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1364] Remote decoder/display server (cXinelibServer) thread started (pid=1081, tid=1364, prio=high)
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1364] [xine..put] cXinelibServer priority set successful SCHED_RR 2 [1,99]
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1364] [xine..put] Binding server to 127.0.0.1:37890
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1364] [xine..put] Listening on port 37890
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1364] [xine..put] Listening for UDP broadcasts on port 37890
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1364] [discovery] BROADCAST: VDR xineliboutput DISCOVERY 1.0#015#012Server port: 37890#015#012Server address: 127.0.0.1#015#012Server version: xineliboutput-2.0.0
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1361] [live] INFO: attempt to listen on ip = '0.0.0.0'
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1361] [live] ERROR: Unable to load cert/key (/var/lib/vdr/plugins/live/live.pem//var/lib/vdr/plugins/live/live-key.pem): No such file or directory
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] [xine..put] cXinelibDevice::StartDevice(): Device started
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] remote control LIRC - keys known
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] loading /var/cache/vdr/cam.data
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1374] LIRC remote control thread started (pid=1081, tid=1374, prio=high)
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] switching to channel 2 T-0-658-4287 (BBC TWO)
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] setting watchdog timer to 60 seconds
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1375] device 1 receiver thread started (pid=1081, tid=1375, prio=high)
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1376] SVDRP server handler thread started (pid=1081, tid=1376, prio=low)
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1376] SVDRP listening on port 6419/tcp
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1377] device 1 TS buffer thread started (pid=1081, tid=1377, prio=high)
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] OSD size changed to 720x576 @ 1.42222
Dec 31 22:01:30 localhost vdr: [1081] [xine..put] cXinelibOsd::CanHandleAreas(): Device does not support ARGB
Dec 31 22:01:31 localhost vdr: [1359] EPGSearch: timer conflict check started
Dec 31 22:01:31 localhost vdr: [1359] EPGSearch: timer conflict check finished
Dec 31 22:01:41 localhost vdr: [1081] max. latency time 1 seconds
Dec 31 22:01:41 localhost vdr: [1375] [xine..put] Detected video size 704x576
Dec 31 22:01:41 localhost vdr: [1352] video directory scanner thread ended (pid=1081, tid=1352)
Dec 31 22:01:41 localhost vdr: [1081] max. latency time 6 seconds
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#2
I should mention that the EPG works fine when I use kaffeine. So my usb TV stick is receiving and decoding the program guide OK. VDR also seems to try to update the file periodically, but no data is stored.

Does anyone have any ideas how I go about solving this please?
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#3
I also work fine with using caffeine... Smile

Please, use a pastebin website near you next time for uploading long(er) lists or logs, as we try to keep our forum database lean & mean.
Unfortunately, PVR & EPG problems are not my field of expertise. So others will have to step in for that.
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