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HalNineThousand
2007-09-28, 13:07
Recently I've found the old time radio archive on archive.org. For those that don't know, that means it has, literally, thousands of episodes of old time radio shows like "The Shadow" or old science fiction shows like "X Minus 1." One of the shows I was interested in was "Theater Five." The archive had 252 files. I use a Perl screen scraper I wrote myself to download the files, edit the tags so I can work with them easily, then save the files. Some files are in Ogg Vorbis, but most are MP3s.

Here's my Slimserver info:

SlimServer Version: 6.5.3 - 12376 - Debian - EN - iso-8859-1
Server IP address: 172.16.7.2
Perl Version: 5.8.4 i386-linux-thread-multi
MySQL Version: 4.1.11-Debian_4sarge7

I'm running Linux, Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. I know there's a newer version and I'll download it as soon as I get time to deal with anything the upgrade breaks.

Here's the problem: When I added a new batch of files, that included the "Theater Five" shows I mentioned above, it was one directory of 252 different Ogg Vorbis files. On the "Server Settings" page of the Slimserver interface, I clicked the "Rescan" button with it set to finding new files. It found about 40 of the "Theater Five" shows. I was having some trouble with tags, so when I fixed that, I rescanned again, specifying to rescan the entire collection. It found some of the albums under Old Time Radio, but not all. (On my OTR shows, the artist and genre is "Old Time Radio", the album is the name of the show, and the title is the episode title.)

I noticed that most of the series (each series in a separate directory, and each series is in the tag as the album name) did not show up, as I said, when I rescanned my collection. So I rescanned, telling it to look for new music. It found a lot of the new series. I checked under "Theater Five" and it found only 40 out of 252 shows. I told it to rescan again and this time it found a total of 126 out of 252 shows. On another rescan, it found them all.

I do not do a rescan while I can still see the message on the page that Slimserver is still scanning my collection.

Why does Slimserver not see all the files on a rescan? Is there a reason more files would be missed when I clear the collection and rescan than when I rescan to add new files?