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gdg
2006-07-13, 18:23
I don't understand the purpose of the silly "now playing info" that scrolls across the spectrum analyser screensaver every 30 seconds. Not only is it annoying but it too small to read anyway. Is there any way to eliminate it?

Triode
2006-07-14, 09:49
Can't offer you a simple configuration option for this. However if you are happy to edit the perl, you could edit Plugins/Visualizer.pm

And change "showtext => 1" to "showtext => 0" at approximately line 55.

gdg
2006-07-14, 11:07
Hi Triode,
I don't mind editing the plugin. I found the file but I don't know what program to use to open it. Any chance of giving me some guidance on that?
Gerry

Ps I'm not a programer but am I right to assume this is fairly straightforward?

kdf
2006-07-14, 11:18
The files are simple text, so easily editted. The only caveat is that they are specifically unix-style line endings. Avoid using notepad, but wordpad should be ok on windows. Any text editor should be fine with OSX or Linux.

gdg
2006-07-14, 12:28
Thanx K,
I made the change but it didn't take. Do I need to reset my Squeezebox or something?
Gerry

JJZolx
2006-07-14, 12:31
I made the change but it didn't take. Do I need to reset my Squeezebox or something?
Are you running the compiled slim.exe on Windows by any chance?

gdg
2006-07-14, 12:35
The change to showtext => 0 was actually made on line #39 (counting empty lines)
Gerry
Ps I couldn't fine anything relavant at line 55.

kdf
2006-07-14, 12:36
Quoting gdg <gdg.2ay9vz1152905401 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:
> I made the change but it didn't take. Do I need to reset my Squeezebox
> or something?
>
you will need to restart slimserver so that the plugin is reloaded.
-kdf

gdg
2006-07-14, 12:39
Are you running the compiled slim.exe on Windows by any chance?

Not sure what you mean but I am running Windows XP.
Gerry

gdg
2006-07-14, 12:44
Quoting gdg <gdg.2ay9vz1152905401 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:
> I made the change but it didn't take. Do I need to reset my Squeezebox
> or something?
>
you will need to restart slimserver so that the plugin is reloaded.
-kdf

Tried that. Didn't work. (I "opened" slimserver from my computer)
Gerry

kdf
2006-07-14, 12:49
Quoting gdg <gdg.2ayakz1152906301 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

> Tried that. Didn't work. (I "opened" slimserver from my computer)

you need to stop slimserver, and start slimserver. Reboot the
computer, if you prefer the brute force method.

opening only launches the browser.

JJZolx was asking if you used the slim.exe version, which is the
standard when using Windows XP becuase editing code in core modules
(*.pm files under c:\program files\slimserver\server\Slim) has no
effect when using slim.exe. Those modules are all packaged inside
slim.exe already. However, for plugins such as the visualiser,
changes should work once you reboot or restart the slimserver service,
so long as the changes don't actually cause an error in the plugin.
-kdf

stinkingpig
2006-07-14, 13:21
On 7/14/06, Simon @ Home <simon (AT) brighton (DOT) co.uk> wrote:
>
> What a great thread. Perfectly illustrates the level of technical literacy
> of an increasing number of Squeezebox users. Slim will have to take on
> board
> that there is a demand from this potentially huge market that requires a
> simple, ergonomic, sleek, fast, robust and intuitive interface.
> Slim cannot continue to hide behind the "oh but what we have works on all
> platforms" maxim if they want to expand to be anything close to mass
> market.
> Sean, where are you?
>
> Simon Turner
> Barcombe UK.
>
>
You are so right -- the proper answer was: "I'm sorry sir, that's not
supported."

Reminds me of the great Despair, Inc. slogan: Increasing Success By Lowering
Expectations!
--
"I spent all me tin with the ladies drinking gin,
So across the Western ocean I must wander" -- traditional

kdf
2006-07-14, 13:41
Quoting Jack Coates <jack (AT) monkeynoodle (DOT) org>:


> You are so right -- the proper answer was: "I'm sorry sir, that's not
> supported."

good idea. helping someone out is justification for yet another soap
box. A word of caution, your joke could be construde as hostile. In
fact, I just remembered that I'm not allowed to speak my mind. Excuse
me while I go be helpful elsewhere now.
-k

gdg
2006-07-14, 13:51
I'm not a programer but I'm not afraid to learn and technology doesn't scare me. I appreciate the help I get here and if I can get the dern thing to work I will consider it well worth the effort.

Gerry

Ps There are always going to be "features" that work for some and not for others and the potential to make custom changes is great. The average user won't even bother.

gdg
2006-07-14, 13:58
It works. Cool! (this has bugged me for months)
Thanx everyone.
Gerry

kdf
2006-07-14, 14:03
Quoting gdg <gdg.2aye1z1152910801 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> It works. Cool!
good to know. thanks.
-kdf

gdg
2006-07-14, 14:10
Hey! I just realized I might be able to do some other stuff. "tgoldstone" gave me a text file with the code for PlaylistMan. I guess this should be easy to add to my plugins. Can anyone tell me how?
Gerry

kdf
2006-07-14, 14:20
Quoting gdg <gdg.2ayeqz1152911701 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> Hey! I just realized I might be able to do some other stuff.
> "tgoldstone" gave me a text file with the code for PlaylistMan. I guess
> this should be easy to add to my plugins. Can anyone tell me how?

save the file to c:\program files\slimserver\server\Plugins
make sure the filename is as it was sent, in this case PlaylistMan.pm
restart the slimserver service.

If it was sent as an attachment, it should be ok to just do a save as.
You'll want to try to avoid opening and saving, since some windows
text editors can change the line endings slightly. That will cause
the plugin to fail to load.
-kdf

gdg
2006-07-14, 14:34
Hi K,
While I waiting for a reply I experimented a bit and found the plugin folder for Slimserver. The file was sent to me as an attachment (File Type: txt PlaylistMan.pm.txt)
I sent it to my desktop and then copied and pasted it into the Pluggin folder. It had a slightly different appearance than the other plugin text files. Will this work?
Gerry

gdg
2006-07-14, 14:38
K,
The file is sitting on my desktop but when I right click and select "send to" I get virtually every option EXCEPT my C drive. I'm not sure how to "save" the file.
Gerry

gdg
2006-07-14, 14:41
When I right click the attachment directly where it is located in the forum reply I got from JTgoldstone I only get the option to save or send "link". That's not what I want is it?
Gerry

kdf
2006-07-14, 14:45
Quoting gdg <gdg.2ayfob1152912901 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> Hi K,
> While I waiting for a reply I experimented a bit and found the plugin
> folder for Slimserver. The file was sent to me as an attachment (File
> Type: txt PlaylistMan.pm.txt)
> I sent it to my desktop and then copied and pasted it into the Pluggin
> folder. It had a slightly different appearance than the other plugin
> text files. Will this work?

as PlaylistMan.pm.txt, it will not work.
filename must be PlaylistMan.pm.

the .pm extension indicates the the file is a Perl Module, and this is
what the server looks for when loading plugins.

In regard to the different appearance, without elaboration on that, I
can't really answer that. If you restart the server after naming the
file properly, it should appear in the server settings->plugins. If
not, then something has gone wrong, which might be related to what is
causing you to see a slightly different appearance.

for more info about plugins, see here:
http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?SlimServerPlugins

-kdf

kdf
2006-07-14, 14:50
right click: select "cut"

open Windows Explorer (hopefully you are familiar with this one)
find c:\program files\slimserver\server\Plugins.

Right click on Plugins and select "paste".

That should then move the file to the right place.

you could also open "My Computer"...go to c:\program
files\slimserver\server\Plugins, then drag the file from the desktop
to the Plugins folder.

-kdf

gdg
2006-07-14, 15:24
Hi K,
I've got the file and the location where it needs to be pasted but how do I change it from a text file to a pm file?
Gerry

kdf
2006-07-14, 15:28
Quoting gdg <gdg.2ayhzn1152915901 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> Hi K,
> I've got the file and the location where it needs to be pasted but how
> do I change it from a text file to a pm file?


right click...rename
-kdf

gdg
2006-07-14, 15:43
K,
I already tried that. It doesn't work. The name is PlaylistMan.pm but it allways reverts to:

PlaylistMan.pm
Text Document

The name appears exactly as I've shown it, with the words "Text Document" underneath the file name

kdf
2006-07-14, 16:06
You are being messed about by windows. The extension is hidden.

Let's just delete that and start all over.

go here:
http://www.hergest.demon.co.uk/Music/slim/PlaylistManPlugin.htm#currentversion

There is a link at the bottom for "Version 1.0"

download that. It will be a .zip file. You can then Extract all files...
to c:\program files\slimserver\server\Plugins.

-kdf

gdg
2006-07-14, 16:19
Right on! That was easy.

Thanx for your patience K. Now I just need to try this sucker out!
Gerry

gdg
2006-07-14, 17:30
Hey K,

Just thought I'd let you know that this plugin does EVERYTHING I've been missing in my Squeezebox since I signed up.
1) It allows one to put a song into a playlist while listening
2) It allows the renaming of the playlist from the remote
3) It allows as many playlists as you want to be created and named using the remote during a single listening session

To me that is the finishing touch that makes Slimserver/Squeezebox do it all for me!

Thanx again for the help,
Gerry