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Joe Hickey
2005-01-04, 01:52
Hi alI,

I thought this had been fixed, but on my system (Mac OS10.3.7, latest
'public issue' slimserver (5.4?), iTunes library, approx 9000 songs, on
external FW800 drive) every time the Mac starts up or restarts my
slimserver says 0 tunes in the library, I have to force a rescan. I've
tried re-pointing the server to the library and it does remember where
it is but it doesn't seem to load it at start up.
Could this be down to having the library on a drive other than the
start up drive and slimserver 'loads up' in the start up sequence
before any external drives are mounted?
Can slimserver see aliases? I could place an alias of the iTunes.xml
file in my users folder...

Any ideas/fixes/workarounds? My better half is a bit of a tecno-phobe
and this is just the sort of thing that will put her off using the
squeezebox.

Thanks and happy new year,

Joe

kdf
2005-01-04, 02:00
Quoting Joe Hickey <joe (AT) hotandstripey (DOT) org>:

> Hi alI,
>
> I thought this had been fixed, but on my system (Mac OS10.3.7, latest
> 'public issue' slimserver (5.4?), iTunes library, approx 9000 songs, on
> external FW800 drive) every time the Mac starts up or restarts my
> slimserver says 0 tunes in the library, I have to force a rescan. I've
> tried re-pointing the server to the library and it does remember where
> it is but it doesn't seem to load it at start up.
> Could this be down to having the library on a drive other than the
> start up drive and slimserver 'loads up' in the start up sequence
> before any external drives are mounted?
> Can slimserver see aliases? I could place an alias of the iTunes.xml
> file in my users folder...
>
> Any ideas/fixes/workarounds? My better half is a bit of a tecno-phobe
> and this is just the sort of thing that will put her off using the
> squeezebox.
>

if you've installed slimserver for a particular user, it coudl be unaware of the
'shares' and thus not work across the network.
-kdf

Steven Moore
2005-01-04, 03:39
Hi Joe,

Do you have your server starting up when the system boots?
I have a similar set up to yours and tried the when the system boots
option and found 0 songs etc.
Try setting it to when I log in.
I am probably wrong here but If your index is in your home folder it
may not be accessible until you log in. Someone can corect me on this.
Also, if you've been using itunes the day before it will rescan
anyway(automatically) as the playlists have changed once you log in and
the server starts up.

Also another hint you may have missed that I got from Kdf is to set the
itunes reload interval in server settings, in itunes, very high say
1000000 if you use itunes to listen to music. This will stop the server
constantly re-scaning the playlist.

imac 512mb, 10.3.7, 5.4 slim, fw400 hd.

Steven Moore
On 4 Jan 2005, at 8:52 am, Joe Hickey wrote:

> Hi alI,
>
> I thought this had been fixed, but on my system (Mac OS10.3.7, latest
> 'public issue' slimserver (5.4?), iTunes library, approx 9000 songs,
> on external FW800 drive) every time the Mac starts up or restarts my
> slimserver says 0 tunes in the library, I have to force a rescan. I've
> tried re-pointing the server to the library and it does remember where
> it is but it doesn't seem to load it at start up.
> Could this be down to having the library on a drive other than the
> start up drive and slimserver 'loads up' in the start up sequence
> before any external drives are mounted?
> Can slimserver see aliases? I could place an alias of the iTunes.xml
> file in my users folder...
>
> Any ideas/fixes/workarounds? My better half is a bit of a tecno-phobe
> and this is just the sort of thing that will put her off using the
> squeezebox.
>
> Thanks and happy new year,
>
> Joe
>
>

Sally Shears
2005-01-04, 06:20
Joe --

Searching the archives, I find a note, "SlimServer can't follow
aliases, but can follow unix symbolic links." Incidently, iTunes can
follow symlinks too. Here's a URL to the FAQ

http://www.slimdevices.com/su_faq.html#troubleshooting-macalias

Here's what I do:
- iTunes Music Library.xml and iTunes Music Library are in the normal
spot ~/Music/iTunes Music
- a symlink ~/Music/iTunes Music/iTunes Music -> /Volumes/diskname/foldername

This way, iTunes finds everything just where it expects.

-- Sally

On Tue, 4 Jan 2005 08:52:35 +0000, Joe Hickey <joe (AT) hotandstripey (DOT) org> wrote:
> Can slimserver see aliases? I could place an alias of the iTunes.xml
> file in my users folder...

--
Sally Shears (a.k.a. "Molly")
SallyShears (AT) gmail (DOT) com -or- Sally (AT) Shears (DOT) org
(was sshears (AT) theWorld (DOT) com)

S. Ben Melhuish
2005-01-04, 11:39
Joe Hickey wrote:
> I thought this had been fixed, but on my system (Mac OS10.3.7, latest
> 'public issue' slimserver (5.4?), iTunes library, approx 9000 songs, on
> external FW800 drive) every time the Mac starts up or restarts my
> slimserver says 0 tunes in the library, I have to force a rescan.

I had similar symptoms (iTunes's XML database was on the internal drive,
but the MP3s were on the external drive); my tentative theory was that
the drive needs to be mounted before SlimServer starts scanning.

If the external drive is mounted in the startup process, and you're
comfortable editing configuration files, I believe there's a way to make
the SlimServer startup script depend on the successful completion of
(say) your mount-the-external-drive startup script. I don't have the
details at hand right now.

-- S. Ben Melhuish