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Dave Rodger
2004-12-09, 15:18
Hi--

I'm trying to find out if anyone has consolidated the iTunes and Slimserver
configuration issues into a FAQ anywhere. It seems like a fairly common (or
desired) configuration is to store all music files on a Linux server, from
which one runs SlimServer, but to have iTunes available as an interface to
do ripping, etc., and management from a Windows computer, and share
playlists/smartlists from iTunes to SlimServer, and play-count information
as well. There's a ton of messages in the gmane archives, but they're not
easily navigable, and it's not clear what's "known-to-work" vs. "debugging
in progress."

I'm having a specific problem with that configuration. I've used PowerToy
TweakUI to move the My Music folder to my Linux machine (to a directory
called /home/itunes/iTunes). I then created my iTunes library by adding
folders to the library, and they were correctly imported into the iTunes
Music Library.xml file in that location. I now want to switch my Slimserver
to use that file. So I:
change the server settings to Use iTunes;
blank out the Music Folder and Playlists folders under Server Settings

Under iTunes tab for Server Settings, I have said:
* Find iTunes Library Automatically?
Specify iTunes Library Locations

*iTunes Music Library.xml Location:
/home/itunes/iTunes/iTunes Music Library.xml

iTunes Music Folder:
*** I'm not sure what to put here...

And now my SlimServer shows 1 album with 1 song. (As opposed to my 500
albums & 6k songs.)

I've rescanned, turned off caching, wiped the cache, etc., but no joy.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Thanks.

-dave

Jesse David Hollington
2004-12-10, 05:44
On Linux you'll need to use the option to "Specify iTunes Library
Location Manually", as it can only find it automatically if you're
actually running iTunes on the same computer. If you say "Specify
Automatically" it will ignore the location that you put in the next
field

For your "iTunes Music Folder" you would put the actual parent
directory under which all of your music is stored.

Also, once you've done all that, you need to make sure you go back to
the main server settings page and turn ON the iTunes integration (if
you've set it up correctly and SlimServer has found your XML library
file, then you should have an iTunes option on the main server
settings page, right under where you select the language. This option
only shows up once you've configured your iTunes preferences properly.


On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 17:18:51 -0500, Dave Rodger <dave (AT) davidrodger (DOT) com> wrote:
> Hi--
>
> I'm trying to find out if anyone has consolidated the iTunes and Slimserver
> configuration issues into a FAQ anywhere. It seems like a fairly common (or
> desired) configuration is to store all music files on a Linux server, from
> which one runs SlimServer, but to have iTunes available as an interface to
> do ripping, etc., and management from a Windows computer, and share
> playlists/smartlists from iTunes to SlimServer, and play-count information
> as well. There's a ton of messages in the gmane archives, but they're not
> easily navigable, and it's not clear what's "known-to-work" vs. "debugging
> in progress."
>
> I'm having a specific problem with that configuration. I've used PowerToy
> TweakUI to move the My Music folder to my Linux machine (to a directory
> called /home/itunes/iTunes). I then created my iTunes library by adding
> folders to the library, and they were correctly imported into the iTunes
> Music Library.xml file in that location. I now want to switch my Slimserver
> to use that file. So I:
> change the server settings to Use iTunes;
> blank out the Music Folder and Playlists folders under Server Settings
>
> Under iTunes tab for Server Settings, I have said:
> * Find iTunes Library Automatically?
> Specify iTunes Library Locations
>
> *iTunes Music Library.xml Location:
> /home/itunes/iTunes/iTunes Music Library.xml
>
> iTunes Music Folder:
> *** I'm not sure what to put here...
>
> And now my SlimServer shows 1 album with 1 song. (As opposed to my 500
> albums & 6k songs.)
>
> I've rescanned, turned off caching, wiped the cache, etc., but no joy.
>
> Anyone have any thoughts?
>
> Thanks.
>
> -dave
>
>