#167 Video list in alphabetical order


i'm using MiniDLNA an my homeserver to stream Videos to the Panasonic Viera TV.
In Viera Menu i can select the MiniDLNA Server and then navigate to videos.
But all video-files are sorted by date. I can't switch to sort them alphabetically. Any suggestions how to change media sorting on Panasonic TVs?
There is no setting for sorting the files on V, so i need an option to force alphapetical sorting.

Please help.


  • Craig Chambers
    Craig Chambers

    This is a client side option. I'd suggest you ask in a Panasonic TV forum.

  • Justin Maggard
    Justin Maggard

    Unfortunately there are a couple of clients I've run across that don't have a sorting option, and don't request a sort order. I have just added forced sorting support for Panasonic, but I don't have a Panasonic device to test with. So please try the latest code in CVS and see if that fixes it for you.

  • Justin Maggard
    Justin Maggard

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  • Wouters

    After experiencing the same annoying sorting issue on my Panasonic TV (VT50) and reading about a fix, I upgraded to 1.1.0. But that didn't help (me).

    The logfile revealed that - after friendly exchange of SortCapabilities - the TV is asking EXPLICITLY for a sort by DATE: "+upnp:class,+dc:date"
    See attachment for details.

    Hacking the 'parse_sort_criteria' function (in upnpsoap.c) to ignore the 'dc:date' instruction got me what I want: sort by title.
    (No need to set the sort order explicitly; the 'tiebreaker' in the same function will take care of that.)

    What I did is not a solution, of even worthy of a work-around patch.
    Maybe it is possible to get a config file option that allows the server to simply ignore the requested sort order (and sort by title).

    Last edit: Wouters 2013-06-11
  • Socholo

    I have a Panasonic device to test with, but was a bit unsure of what was required in order to test it.

    I was eventually able to locate the change that had been made, but unfortunately, I have the same problem as Wouters - the TV is asking for the list ordered by Date, but there is no option in my TV to change this ... I know, bad Panasonic :-(.

    So, I also think it would be a great config file option :-).

    For anyone else looking, the change that was made will ensure that a sort order by title is used if the Panasonic client does not specify one. However, if the Panasonic client specifies a sort order, then it is honoured and is not overridden/forced. Your device's behaviour is most easily verified by running the application in debug mode (with the -d option) and examining the trace.


    Last edit: Socholo 2013-12-07