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Old 04-25-2013, 02:46 PM
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Comskip not running all the time after config change - please help

I'm quite a newbie with SageTV and configurations and my ex who set it up, is no longer around. About a month or two ago I made changes to the comskip.ini file to eliminate the extra files it made. I read that it doesn't have to have all three files - .log, .edl, and .txt and space was a MAJOR concern. It didn't used to create all three, so I changed it and now only have .log and .txt files. Now it doesn't run all the time and even though some programs show the comskip logo, it doesn't run until I'm actually watching the recording, usually about 20-25 minutes into an hour show. I've added additional harddrive space so that's not an issue as long as comskip cleans up the files. I have 4 different comskip.ini files, so I'm not sure which one is used. They're under
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\SageTV_Files_Do_Not_Delete\comskip79_144; dated 4/2/13
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\SageTV_Files_Do_Not_Delete\; dated 5/9/08
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\ComskipMonitor-v2.7\ComskipMonitor\comskip79_76; dated 3/6/13 and
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\\ComskipMonitor\comskip79_76 dated 2/27/07

Here's the comskip.ini file from the 3rd location dated 3/6/13 which around the time I made the change. Thanks in advance for any help on this.
detect_method=43      ;1=black frame, 2=logo, 4=scene change, 8=fuzzy logic, 16=closed captions, 32=aspect ration, 64=silence, 128=cutscenes, 255=all
validate_silence=1      ; Default, set to 0 to force using this clues if selected above.
validate_uniform=1      ; Default, set to 0 to force using this clues (like pure white frames) if blackframe is selected above.
validate_scenechange=1    ; Default, set to 0 to force using this clues if selected above.
verbose=10        ;show a lot of extra info, level 5 is also OK, set to 0 to disable
max_brightness=60           ;frame not black if any pixels checked are greater than this (scale 0 to 255)
test_brightness=40          ;frame not pure black if any pixels checked are greater than this, will check average brightness (scale 0 to 255)
max_avg_brightness=25     ;maximum average brightness for a dim frame to be considered black (scale 0 to 255) 0 means autosetting
max_commercialbreak=600     ;maximum length in seconds to consider a segment a commercial break
min_commercialbreak=25      ;minimum length in seconds to consider a segment a commercial break
max_commercial_size=125     ;maximum time in seconds for a single commercial or multiple commercials if no breaks in between
min_commercial_size=4       ;mimimum time in seconds for a single commercial
min_show_segment_length=125   ; any segment longer than this will be scored towards show.
max_volume=500        ; any frame with sound volume larger than this will not be regarded as black frame
min_silence=20        ; Any deep silence longer than this amount  of frames is a possible cutpoint
ticker_tape=0       ; Amount of pixels from bottom to ignore in all processing 
logo_at_bottom=0      ; Set to 1 to search only for logo at the lower half of the video, do not combine with subtitle setting
punish=0          ; Compare to average for sum of 1=brightness, 2=uniform 4=volume, 8=silence, 16=schange, set to 0 to disable
punish_threshold=1.3    ; Multiply when amount is above average * punish_threshold
punish_modifier=2     ; When above average * threshold multiply score by this value
intelligent_brightness=0    ; Set to 1 to use a USA specific algorithm to tune some of the settings, not adviced outside the USA
logo_percentile=0.92      ; if more then this amount of logo is found then logo detection will be disabled
punish_no_logo=1      ; Default, set to 0 to avoid show segments without logo to be scored towards commercial
connect_blocks_with_logo=1    ; set to 1 if you want successive blocks with logo on the transition to be regarded as connected, set to 0 to disable
cut_on_ar_change=0      ; set to 1 if you want to cut also on aspect ratio changes, set to 0 to disable
delete_show_after_last_commercial=0 ; set to 1 if you want to delete the last block if its a show and after a commercial
delete_show_before_or_after_current=0 ; set to 1 if you want to delete the previous and the next show in the recording, this can lead to the deletion of trailers of next show
delete_block_after_commercial=0 ;set to max size of block in seconds to be discarded, set to 0 to disable 
remove_before=0       ; amount of seconds of show to be removed before ALL commercials
remove_after=0        ; amount of seconds of show to be removed after ALL commercials
shrink_logo=5       ; Reduce the duration of the logo with this amount of seconds
after_logo=0    ; set to number of seconds after logo disappears comskip should start to search for silence to insert an additional cutpoint
max_repair_size=200     ; Will repair maximum 200 missing MPEG frames in the timeline, set to 0 to disable repairing for players that don't use PTS. 
delete_logo_file=0      ; set to 1 if you want comskip to tidy up after finishing
output_framearray=0     ; create a big excel file for detailed analysis, set to 0 to disable
output_mls=0      ; set to 1 if you want MPeg Video Wizard bookmark file output
output_btv=0        ; set to 1 if you want Beyond TV chapter cutlist output
output_projectx=0     ; set to 1 if you want ProjectX cutlist output (Xcl)
output_demux=0        ; set to 1 if you want comskip to demux the mpeg file while scanning
live_tv=0         ; set to 1 if you use parallelprocessing and need the output while recording
live_tv_retries=1     ; change to 16 when using live_tv in BTV
standoff=0          ; change to 8000000 when using live_tv in BTV
cuttermaran_options="cut=\"true\" unattended=\"true\" muxResult=\"false\" snapToCutPoints=\"true\" closeApp=\"true\""
mpeg2schnitt_options="mpeg2schnitt.exe /S /E /R25  /Z %2 %1"
avisynth_options="LoadPlugin(\"MPEG2Dec3.dll\") \nMPEG2Source(\"%s\")\n"
dvrcut_options="dvrcut \"\" \"\" "
windowtitle="Comskip - %s"
;fps=29.970 ;frames per second (NTSC=29.970, PAL=25)
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