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Fredly
2005-12-16, 09:56
I've been trying to get the concept of playlist straight and....I think I understand.

However, when I currently go into "Browse Playlists" I have several pages (effectively every album I have). I didn't mean to create these playlist and just want to clear EVERYTHING and start from scratch.

What’s the simplest way to clear ALL playlist?

Also, one other question, how can I play ALL my favorites? Is it necessary to added them all to a playlist BEFORE they can be played?

A bit confused here and would welcome some feedback.

Cheers, Fred.

Aaron Zinck
2005-12-16, 12:19
>
> I've been trying to get the concept of playlist straight and....I think
> I understand.
>
> However, when I currently go into "Browse Playlists" I have several
> pages (effectively every album I have). I didn't mean to create these
> playlist and just want to clear EVERYTHING and start from scratch.
>
> What's the simplest way to clear ALL playlist?
>
> Also, one other question, how can I play ALL my favorites? Is it
> necessary to added them all to a playlist BEFORE they can be played?
>
> A bit confused here and would welcome some feedback.
>
> Cheers, Fred.
>
>
> --
> Fredly


In Slimserver you've probably set your playlist and music directories to be
the same directory. That results in all of your music showing up as
playlists. Change your Playlist directory to a different directory and
things should behave as you expect.

tim
2005-12-16, 20:09
Windows?

Do the following:

Start > Run > cmd
cd\the_path_to_the_top_level_music_folder_with_all _the playlists

dir *.m3u /s (this will list all the playlists)

del *.m3u /s (this will delete all the playlists)

exit

Be careful, This is not reversable!

--tim

Brian Ritchie
2005-12-17, 05:30
>
(Quoting Fredly)
> [...] when I currently go into "Browse Playlists" I have several
> pages (effectively every album I have). I didn't mean to create these
> playlist and just want to clear EVERYTHING and start from scratch.
>
> What's the simplest way to clear ALL playlist?
> --
> Fredly


In Slimserver you've probably set your playlist and music directories to be
the same directory. That results in all of your music showing up as
playlists. Change your Playlist directory to a different directory and
things should behave as you expect.

I don't think this is quite right. My playlist and music directories are the same, and this doesn't happen to me.

It sounds to me like Fred's ripper has been set to create playlists for each album automatically. If Fred has ripped each album into its own folder (perhaps beneath a folder for the artist as well), then it may have created a .m3u file in the same place. Deleting only those .m3u files at the top level of the music directory won't delete these - which are probably the ones Fred wants to remove! Indeed, if Fred has separate artist/album subfolders, then the top-level playlists are more likely to be specially-created ones he wants to keep! (However, Fred does say he wants to delete *all* playlists...)

In Unix, it's fairly trivial to run a shell command to remove all .m3u files in subfolders (e.g. "find -name '*.m3u' -delete" or something like that; it's a little more work to leave the top-level playlists). I'm less sure of how to do this in Windows, but you could always use Find Files to look for *.m3u in all subfolders of your music directory, and then just select all of them (except perhaps the top-level ones) and delete 'em.

-- Brian

Aaron Zinck
2005-12-21, 09:44
>
> Aaron Zinck Wrote:
> > >
> > (Quoting Fredly)
> > > [...] when I currently go into "Browse Playlists" I have several
> > > pages (effectively every album I have). I didn't mean to create
> > these
> > > playlist and just want to clear EVERYTHING and start from scratch.
> > >
> > > What's the simplest way to clear ALL playlist?
> > > --
> > > Fredly
> >
> >
> > In Slimserver you've probably set your playlist and music directories
> > to be
> > the same directory. That results in all of your music showing up as
> > playlists. Change your Playlist directory to a different directory
> > and
> > things should behave as you expect.
>
> I don't think this is quite right. My playlist and music directories
> are the same, and this doesn't happen to me.
>

Ah, perhaps new versions of SlimServer behave differently in this regard.
I'm certain that 5.2 did this to me when I first set up my SB1 a couple
years ago (I didn't/don't have any playlists in my music directory). If
this indeed has been changed then I think it's a real improvement--I found
it quite confusing initially.

Fredly
2005-12-21, 12:47
Thanx to all for responding.

Over the past couple days I have grown a little wiser and realize that, yes, during the EAC/FLAC compression of albums a playlist is being made within each Directory/Album folder. Hence, one playlist for each album (300+ to date)

So.....if I remove these 300+ playlists from each directory, clear and rescan for new playlists, this should clear up my problem????

And one other major problem/concept I just cannot seem get my head around is Favorites.

After having marked 30 or so songs as "favorties" via the remote, at SlimServer I wish to add these to a specific Playlist.

Do you think I can do this?

The only options I see is Play, Move Up, Move Down, no "add" capability exists?

Weird.

If someone can help me with this, it would be very much appreciated.

Mark Lanctot
2006-01-03, 07:43
Over the past couple days I have grown a little wiser and realize that, yes, during the EAC/FLAC compression of albums a playlist is being made within each Directory/Album folder. Hence, one playlist for each album (300+ to date)

EAC Options...Tools...uncheck 3rd checkbox:

"Create "m3u" playlist on extraction"

This is with 0.95 beta 3.



So.....if I remove these 300+ playlists from each directory, clear and rescan for new playlists, this should clear up my problem????

Yes. Note you don't have to use a command line for this if you don't want to. Just open Windows explorer for that folder, select "View - Details", select "View - Arrange icons by - Type". The .m3u files should be grouped together. Select the first one, press SHIFT and select the last one. Now press delete.

These will all go to the recycle bin so this operation can be undone.

slimpy
2006-01-03, 07:55
Note you don't have to use a command line for this if you don't want to. Just open Windows explorer for that folder, select "View - Details", select "View - Arrange icons by - Type". The .m3u files should be grouped together. Select the first one, press SHIFT and select the last one. Now press delete.

These will all go to the recycle bin so this operation can be undone.
This only works if all playlist files are in one directory. If you have the common artist/album sturcture and a playlist per album, the playlist file will very likely be in the album folder. In this case use the search function from the start menu, enter *.m3u as the search term and your music folder as "Search in". After the search hase completed select all files and throw them into the bin. Be careful not to delete any playlists you might want to keep.

-s.