--filter and fine-tuning

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--filter and fine-tuning

Postby rednoah » 27 Oct 2014, 20:54


The --filter option is probably the the most powerful, yet least used option the CLI has to offer. As long as everything "just works" you will never need --filter but if you get mismatches then --filter will allow you to pass in arbitrary rules to help FileBot make the correct match. Plus, once you're familiar with format expressions you'll immediately get filter expressions.

The --filter expression allows you to control which episode or movie object is considered for matching. So if one show is confused with another due to bad naming or missing data you can simply exclude the bad one.



If you only process recently aired episodes you could exclude any episode of any show that has been aired more than a few days ago, immediately eliminating any and all potential mismatches with similarly named TV Shows aired at different times.

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--filter "age < 7"

A more advanced version of the above might only include episode data of recently aired episodes if there are any recently aired episodes, but otherwise default to accepting any episode data.

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--filter "age < 7 || !model.any{ it.age < 7 }"

If misleading data from a specific series is making trouble you can simply exclude it.

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--filter "n != /Doctor Who/"

You can manage your list of explicitly excluded (or included) shows with an external text file.

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--filter "!readLines('/path/to/excludes.txt').contains(n)"

Since filter expressions allow arbitrary code, you can come up with more smart or more specialized logic yourself. Feel free to share. ;)
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