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mswlogo
2007-03-18, 09:09
I only have 200 or so albums loaded.

I frequently use Random Song Mix.

But it seems to be biased towards the same albums over and over and never touches other albums.

My server does get rebooted ocassionally. Is the random number generator using the same seed on each boot or something?

Is there an alternate Random Playback plugin?

Thanks

Rick B.
2007-03-18, 10:04
I only have 200 or so albums loaded.

Is there an alternate Random Playback plugin?

Thanks

Try looking in "Plugins-Audio".

nicketynick
2007-03-19, 10:39
I only have 200 or so albums loaded.

I frequently use Random Song Mix.

But it seems to be biased towards the same albums over and over and never touches other albums.

My server does get rebooted ocassionally. Is the random number generator using the same seed on each boot or something?

Is there an alternate Random Playback plugin?

Thanks

I've had a similar feeling/suspicion for quite some - would somebody familiar with the code care to comment? I'm not going to try to do the math here, but I imagine even with only 200 albums, one would have to play several thousand 'random' tracks to have a meaningful sample to demonstrate a random distribution, and I know my memory/perception isn't good enough to keep track of that!

kdf
2007-03-19, 11:01
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=4724
-kdf

mswlogo
2007-03-20, 07:44
Thanks, I'll have to try the nightly build.