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Are there any parameters/variables available in home automation scripts?

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For example can I pass the movie name or anything like that or would I need to call a separate Kodi addon which would retrieve that info and pass it along to my home automation system?

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1 hour ago, midgetspy said:

For example can I pass the movie name or anything like that or would I need to call a separate Kodi addon which would retrieve that info and pass it along to my home automation system?

There's not currently a way to do this, but that's one of the features we're working on adding in the next release. What variables would you want to see? What would be helpful?

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55 minutes ago, Ragnarok said:

There's not currently a way to do this, but that's one of the features we're working on adding in the next release. What variables would you want to see? What would be helpful?

Well my use case is probably not very common but the variable I'd be interested in is the filename of the movie that is about to play.

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55 minutes ago, midgetspy said:

Well my use case is probably not very common but the variable I'd be interested in is the filename of the movie that is about to play.

That's one of the variables we were thinking about adding in. We've identified these, so far:

  • Kodi database ID
  • Name (movie name, episode name, etc.)
  • Type (movie, tv show, episode, etc.)
  • File name
  • File path

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I think it might be helpful to be able to know what sequence file is being ran as well. Any other info about the feature(s) could easily be pulled via JSON RPC once you know the ID and type.

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16 minutes ago, McSwindler said:

I think it might be helpful to be able to know what sequence file is being ran as well. Any other info about the feature(s) could easily be pulled via JSON RPC once you know the ID and type.

Very true, we'll add that to the list. While they can certainly be pulled out of Kodi via JSON RPC, I think it would be much simpler to have pre-defined variables that load all of that information for you. That way instead of an action line that calls Kodi via JSON RPC, you can have something like %%MOVIEID%% to make it easier on those who don't code. Thoughts?

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1 hour ago, Ragnarok said:

Very true, we'll add that to the list. While they can certainly be pulled out of Kodi via JSON RPC, I think it would be much simpler to have pre-defined variables that load all of that information for you. That way instead of an action line that calls Kodi via JSON RPC, you can have something like %%MOVIEID%% to make it easier on those who don't code. Thoughts?

Oh, yea I completely agree, I was just talking about stuff that I might use for myself, I couldn't think of specifics so when I need them I can just pull them via JSON RPC. The stuff that's already been mentioned is more common stuff that a lot of people will use, but other stuff like the director and actors most people won't use so there probably shouldn't be a special variable for them. 

Does that make sense? I always have difficulty translated my thoughts onto paper...

Now, another question, would the variables be a list of everything in the queue?

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4 hours ago, McSwindler said:

Oh, yea I completely agree, I was just talking about stuff that I might use for myself, I couldn't think of specifics so when I need them I can just pull them via JSON RPC. The stuff that's already been mentioned is more common stuff that a lot of people will use, but other stuff like the director and actors most people won't use so there probably shouldn't be a special variable for them. 

Does that make sense? I always have difficulty translated my thoughts onto paper...

Now, another question, would the variables be a list of everything in the queue?

We weren't planning to make that a variable, but it will be something you'll be able to query via JSON RPC I believe. That feature is still being brainstormed. :)

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