View Full Version : Announce: SlimServer 6.0a1

Dan Sully
2005-02-23, 19:59
This is an alpha release of SlimServer 6.0 - we feel the software has gotten
to a point where it's stable enough to announce to a wider audience.

SlimServer 6.0 is a major upgrade to the server software - with a faster
database, smaller memory footprint, better searching, and more 3rd party integration.

Download here: http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/SlimServer_v6.0a1/

We value and need your feedback in order to make a solid and rich product.

Please file any bug reports on http://bugs.slimdevices.com/



SlimServer 6.0 Alpha Release Notes:

Usability & Features:

* Added a Browse by New Music to the web UI.

* Extracting Conductor, Composer and Band metadata.

* Comments are available and searchable.

* Fixed the "Greatest Hits" problem - multiple albums with the same name.

* Files removed from disk are deleted from the database on a rescan.

* Combined Artist, Album & Track search into one interface.

Search results are "live" - no submit button needed.

* Added Advanced Search - for complex queries.

* The Add button will clear the playlist if you hold or just press it.


* Addition of MusicMagic Mixer integration.

* Improved MoodLogic & iTunes importers.

Internationalization & Translations:

* Full UTF-8 server support.

* Japanese translation (Thanks Ken!) - available in the Web UI only.

* Updates to:
German - Michael
Spanish - Nestor
Swedish - Peter

Performance & Memory usage:

* MP3 scanning has been optimized even more.

* Memory footprint reduced considerably, and stays constant even with large (100k track) libraries.

Platform Support:

* Added binary modules for Debian Woody (stable) & SuSe i586

* Windows binaries use perl 5.8.6 - previously was 5.8.3

File Formats:

* FLAC / Cuesheets - Improved support for internal & external cuesheets.

* Apple lossless files may have a binary tag for genre.

* Monkey's Audio support (Currently Windows only)

Backend Database:

* Massively improved library scanning speed & resource consumption.

* Fast and complex searching ability.

Developer API changes:

* New DataStores API - allowing access to the backend database,
and other plugable data stores. This replaces most of the old Info API.

* Add non-blocking HTTP requests. This will allow requests to
external sources to not interrupt the currently playing audio.
Update plugins to use the new API. Any Plugin that wishes to make
a HTTP request (GET or POST) should use this API.

* Changes to the string() API - $client->string() should be used where
$client is available. Plugins should return the token for getDisplayName()
rather than the string itself.

Command Line API:

* Extended CLI, allowing more access to server information - Fred.

Skin Developer changes:

* browseid3 has been deprecated by browsedb.

* songinfo.html prefers an item (id), but can still deal with an itempath.


* Now at version 1.17

Improved buffering when playing Internet radio stations. (playback starts if bufer is 5% full after 5 seconds)

Increased the JavaSound audio buffer size when using the primary sound driver, this may improve playback on some PCs.

Improved the JavaSound audio buffering, it should now be much harder to get buffer under runs.

Add support for Sun's new Java MP3 Plugin.

Upgraded JLayer MP3 library to version 1.0

Added ssh gateway server. (Patch from Avi Schwartz).

Added ssh proxy (socks5 and http) support. (Patch from Ben Fried)

Use simple encryption to store ssh password, it used to be stored in the clear.

Added a playlist mode to the music search (still work in progress).

Added an 'Escape' keyboard shortcut to exit fullscreen mode.

Fixed java web start desktop shortcut and menus. (Java 1.5 only)

Fixed bug that caused the slimproto connection to drop. (Patch from David Cohen)

Fixed headless mode. (use -Dskins=headless to run with out the gui)

Fixed audio buffer bug, sometimes the start of a song was clipped.

Fixed CPU usage when listening to Internet radio with slimserver 6.0.

Fixed SlimServer name in preferences to keep the value entered by the user.

Fixed on the fly switching between graphics and noritake modes.

Fixed music search to use the browser http tunnel over ssh.

* Added ExBrowse2

* Removed Experimental, Olson skins.

Known Issues:

* Artists or Albums with '*' in the string cause the Player UI to behave strangely.

* Browse New Music & Browse Years don't exist in the Player UI

* MusicMagic connection settings need to be exposed when plugin is enabled, even
though connection cannot be established.

* Some bitrates in songinfo are still showing 0.

* Play entire playlist, Add entire playlist is missing from search results.
Right now, you have to add them one by one.

* Not all skins have been updated to use browsedb. (xmlTelCanto may be broken.)

Bugs fixed:

# 44 - Browse new music - partially fixed, available in the Web UI.

# 67 - Browse via CLI

#198 - Playlists with title information overrides ID3 tags. Make this optional.

#246 - Issuing pause from CLI doesn't update screen immediately.

#271 - Allow hostnames and IP addresses for the web proxy.

#295 - Split sort order tags.

#365 - Browsing should allow for multiple albums with the same name.

#379 - Add ability to search by other tags, such as comments.

#433 - 'Multiple Items In Tags' should be able to split on words.

#469 - Sort order tags being ignored again.

#469 - Use the sorted tags as the alphapagebar data.

#504 - status_header doesn't load properly in Camino, Firefox, possibly other browsers.

#586 - Determine if player has graphic display from the CLI.

#633 - Artwork not searched for Flac files w/ CUE sheets.

#664 - iTunes Playlists won't go away.

#668 - RssNews plugin crashes on Perl 5.6.1 - Undefined subroutine: utf8::decode.

#671 - Slimserver bug with .m3u playlist format.

#677 - RssNews Plugin crashed when feed contains items with id attributes.

#679 - ASX parsing when there are unescaped special chars (&) in the playlist cause mayhem and havoc.

#683 - Playing FLAC files from directories with a $ (dollar) sign fails.

#686 - "Now playing ... Moodlogic mix" text shown in MusicMagic mode.

#700 - SlimServer truncates ID3 tag info when headers include repalygain info.

#718 - Parsing cuesheet in flac tag.

#737 - listen 1 induces CLI API change.

#738 - Searching behavior is poorly designed.

#756 - Setup links broken when running on port 80.

#758 - CSRF vulnerabilities in Web UI, non-Referer test needed.

#763 - Selecting Play from Browse Artwork doesn't work.

#764 - HTML output gets cut off when special characters are displayed.

#769 - Rescan causes server to crash.

#770 - itemsPerPage param does not work for album lists.

#771 - Browse artwork pwd list has extra album param.

#772 - Browse year pwd shows DBIstore hash instead of year.

#774 - Splitting Artists doesn't work anymore with 2005-01-06

#778 - Names of plugins in web interface uses output of getDisplayName directly.

#789 - itemsPerPage=-1 == BOOM

#794 - Search + drill down to album not working.

#800 - Playlist commands broken.

#822 - Moodlogic features and playlists missing on restart.

Dan Sully
2005-02-24, 20:39
* Marc Field shaped the electrons to say...

>I just tried the 6.0a1 build on my LinkStation and got the following error at the command line:
>Can't locate auto/Compress/Zlib/autosplit.ix in @INC (@INC contains:
>/mnt/slimserver6 /mnt/slimserver6/CPAN
>/mnt/slimserver6/CPAN/arch/ppc-linux /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.5/ppc-linux
>/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.5 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.5/ppc-linux
>/usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.5 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl .) at
>/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.5/AutoLoader.pm line 160.
> at /mnt/slimserver6/CPAN/Compress/Zlib.pm line 16
>I've got Perl 5.8.5 on the LinkStation and used the .tar.gz SlimServer
>download. FWIW, SlimServer 5.4 runs fine on this LinkStation. Is there
>something additional I need to install for 6.0?

Mark - we don't have any binary modules for perl 5.8.5 on the LinkStation, as
that's not what it ships with by default.

The modules you'll need to get it running are:


And optionally:


Do not panic, do not panic! We are trained professionals!
Now, stay calm. We are going around the leaf.

Dan Sully
2005-02-24, 22:12
* Marc Field shaped the electrons to say...

>> Mark - we don't have any binary modules for perl 5.8.5 on the
>> LinkStation, as that's not what it ships with by default.
>Thanks for the quick reply. I've got a few questions to make sure I
>understand completely. Do you guys include the binary modules for Perl
>5.6.x on the LinkStation? A lot of LinkStation users have upgraded to
>Perl 5.8.x to get the SlimServer 5.x database cache and RSS features to
>work (based on the understanding that they did not work with Perl 5.6.x).
>I guess the database cache is no longer an issue, but does the RSS ticker
>no longer require Perl 5.8.x? Do you recommend that LinkStation users
>stick with (or go back to) Perl 5.6.x? Or is there a plan to add Perl
>5.8.x PPC binaries at some point?

We can add the 5.8.x binaries - 5.8.x is a much better platform overall.

Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.