in reply to Random tune picker for Kaffeine

Just out of interest why did you reject Samba/ NFS? On my home network I have a "music server" that runs a DAAP server (compatible with iTunes, SoundBridge devices and other clients), it is called FireFly and I have found it great for many clients over the last couple of years. However there are also some times when I need to be able to see the files in a read-only, MS Windows compatible form and for those I also have a Samba share.

Like you I also produce playlists using Perl, for example picking all my mp3s that were hits in the 1930s, or number 1s in Australia in the 1970s (I have a stupidly large collection of music charts). In these cases I always find that I need to output playlists in many forms, as m3u, XML, lists of files and CSV listings for example.

You might consider extending your example to use some other source to score each track then randomly selecting N from the top M in some specific order and finally outputting your results in multiple forms.

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by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Sep 14, 2008 at 18:05 UTC

    The reasons for rejecting Samba and NFS were mainly around how much time and effort I am willing to invest in getting something working. There's a router doing NAT between the two boxes (don't ask), and I've not managed to get an NFS mount to happen through this connection.

    I've had lots of success using Samba from my server, when using it with my WinXP laptop. That's been the primary way of playing music so far. Using smbclient, I've been able to get FTP style access to copy individual files, but I wasn't aware that you could mount external smb volumes on a Linux system. If this is possible, please let me know how to do it, and what the fstab entry looks like.

    I'll look into Firefly, that sounds cool.

    I know I could make my app do more than pick 10 random tracks - this is just a start.

    wetware hacker
    (Qualified NLP Trainer and Hypnotherapist)

      I wasn't aware that you could mount external smb volumes on a Linux system.

      Well it's possible since kernel 2.2 at the very least :) Looks like mount -t cifs -o username=name,password=password //server/share /mount/point
      Same thing in fstab :

      //server/share /mount/point cifs username=user,password=pass 0 0