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Steve
2005-08-19, 10:35
I wrote about this earlier in the week, but received no responses. I looked
at my message and realized I wasn't very clear, so I will try again.

My music is all on a server in the basement along with Slimserver. So I
create my playlists from files located on network drives and the files are
identified differently in the .m3u file than when slimserver does its
livrary scan. For instance slimserver identifies a file this way:

M:\My Music\Eva Cassidy\Imagine\05 - Imagine - Eva Cassidy - Imagine.mp3

While the exact same file is listed this way in the .m3u playlist:

\\Media-server\music (m)\My Music\Eva Cassidy\Imagine\05 - Imagine - Eva
Cassidy - Imagine.mp3

Here is a second example from another drive pointed to by a shortcut. The
library scan gives:

\\MEDIA-SERVER\My Music 2\Alison Brown\Stolen Moments\Alison Brown -
Homeward Bound.flac

While the playlist has the following:

\\Media-server\MUSIC 2 (N)\My Music 2\Alison Brown\Stolen Moments\Alison
Brown - Homeward Bound.flac


This results in multiple entires in the library for the same file -- Both
those listings now appear in the library when I browse by album or artist. I
suppose I could edit my .m3u files with a few global search and replaces,
but that is a pain and as my library gets bigger and requires more drives,
then the number of replaces would increase.

However, I'm not entirely sure what value there is in having songs from
playlists added to the library -- I view playlists as lists of songs that
are already in the library. The library gets propogated by scanning the
media. Adding the entries from the playlists is redundant. However, maybe
this has some value that I do not see. If this is a feature people need,
could an option to not add playlist entries to the library be added to
settings? Or could it be made smart enough to recognize that two entries are
pointing to the same file?

Thanks,
-Steve