View Full Version : RE: Announce: SlimServer 6.0a1

Craig, James (IT)
2005-02-24, 04:10
Um, this doesn't look too good...(Windows .exe/Default & Fishbone skin)
After wiping the cache (db and html) and rescanning from iTunes only I

Your music library contains 4 albums with 7 songs by 1 artist.

The '1 artist' is in fact 'No Artist'
And there are 3 albums plus 'No Album'
(i.e. I'd prefer it if the 'No *' category was removed from the counts
but this is bearable)

Anyway, moving on...

Home / Browse Artists / No Artist / No Album
1 album with 14 songs by 1 artist.
But no songs at all are displayed! (And later this rises to 15 songs - I
have only 7)

Now, my server display format is set to "TITLE" so I am expecting to see
If I browse by album, I can find tracks, but they are all displayed with
no 'by ARTIST'
Amusingly: 1 album with 1 song by 0 artists.

Similarly. if I browse (iTunes) playlists the tracks are all displayed
minus the artists - but not the albums!
However when I add the playlists to the player, the artists are all
displayed correctly in 'the current playlist'.

So, I changed the display format to "TITLE - ALBUM - ARTIST".
This was displayed correctly in Browse Playlists & the current playlist
to start with.

But then the artist tag started to duplicate itself!
Substance - No Album - Dot Allison, Dot Allison

then three times...
Temptation - No Album - Kid 606, Kid 606, Kid 606
And then four...

So I stopped the server and restarted it. Now look what I get both in
the current playlist and on Softsqueeze:
Substance - No Album - , , ,

On the bright side the tracks do actually play now!


-----Original Message-----
From: developers-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
[mailto:developers-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Dan Sully
Sent: 24 February 2005 03:00
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Cc: Slim Devices Developers
Subject: [Developers] Announce: SlimServer 6.0a1

This is an alpha release of SlimServer 6.0 - we feel the software has
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

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

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

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

* 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

* 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

* 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

* 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
a HTTP request (GET or POST) should use this API.

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

Command Line API:

* Extended CLI, allowing more access to server information -

Skin Developer changes:

* browseid3 has been deprecated by browsedb.

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


* 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

Added an 'Escape' keyboard shortcut to exit fullscreen

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

Fixed music search to use the browser http tunnel over

* 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

# 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

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

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

#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

#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

#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

#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.