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scan(1) General Commands Manual scan(1)


scan - a program to produce channel.conf files.


scan [options]


This manual page documents briefly the scan commands.

scan is a program to produce channels.conf files.


scan on currently tuned transponder only
verbose (repeat for more)
quiet (repeat for less)
use DVB /dev/dvb/adapterN/
use DVB /dev/dvb/adapter?/frontendN
use DVB /dev/dvb/adapter?/demuxN
use DiSEqC switch position N (DVB-S only)
spectral inversion setting (0: off, 1: on, 2: auto [default])
evaluate NIT-other for full network scan (slow!)
multiply all filter timeouts by factor 5 for non-DVB-compliant section repitition rates
output format: 'zap' (default), 'vdr' or 'pids' (default with -c)
Conditional Access, (default -1) N=0 gets only FTA channels N=-1 gets all channels N=xxx sets ca field in vdr output to :xxx:
Service select, Combined bitfield parameter. 1 = TV, 2 = Radio, 4 = Other, (default 7)
for vdr output format: dump provider name
VDR version, default 3 for VDR-1.3.x and newer value 2 sets NIT and TID to zero Vdr version 1.3.x and up implies -p.
lnb-type (DVB-S Only) (use -l help to print types) or
low[,high[,switch]] in Mhz
UK DVB-T Freeview channel numbering for VDR
do not use ATSC PSIP tables for scanning (but only PAT and PMT) (applies for ATSC only)
check for ATSC 1=Terrestrial [default], 2=Cable or 3=both
Uniquely name unknown services

This manual page was written by Uwe Bugla <>.

February 14, 2010