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RichardP
2008-10-01, 10:05
Hi,

Sorry in advance if this is a well worn enquiry but I've searched exhaustively before posting.

I have a few folders within the library containing long mp3 files together with their associated separate CUE file (paired in the same folder). The CUE files aren't being picked up at all during a scan. Just tried a 'Rescan playlists' with no success.

How can I get the scanner to 'see' my CUE files and offer them as playlists?

Ta in advance,
Richard

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SlimServer Version: 6.5.4 - 12568 - Windows XP - EN - cp1252
Server IP address: 192.168.0.2
Perl Version: 5.8.8 MSWin32-x86-multi-thread
MySQL Version: 5.0.22-community-nt

JJZolx
2008-10-01, 13:20
I have a few folders within the library containing long mp3 files together with their associated separate CUE file (paired in the same folder). The CUE files aren't being picked up at all during a scan. Just tried a 'Rescan playlists' with no success.

How can I get the scanner to 'see' my CUE files and offer them as playlists?

Do the files get scanned and then look like albums and tracks in the library? If you browse albums, for instance.

I don't use CUE sheets like this, but wonder if they're _supposed_ to be presented as playlists, or whether they're just used to break up the larger files into tracks.

RichardP
2008-10-01, 13:32
Do the files get scanned and then look like albums and tracks in the library? If you browse albums, for instance.

I don't use CUE sheets like this, but wonder if they're _supposed_ to be presented as playlists, or whether they're just used to break up the larger files into tracks.No they don't appear under albums & tracks.
According to the slimdevices customer help page entitled "Using CUE files with the Transporter and Sqeezebox", the question "Does the Squeezebox or Transporter support CUE files?" is answered "Yes. CUE files are interpreted as playlists containing a number of songs corresponding to the tracks of an album." So from that, I would take it that I should be seeing scanned CUE files as playlists, but that is not the case for me.

ds2021
2008-10-01, 14:02
This could be an issue of "interpretation." Once selected, SS/SC do treat the CUE file as a playlist. However, such files are not automatically included in your list of playlists. I expect that this is by design.

To achieve your goal, you would have to add the CUE file to a playlist ("+"). In doing so, you will create a playlist with all the individual tracks of the file. You may then save that and will then find it available under the "playlist" item in the various interfaces.

RichardP
2008-10-01, 14:37
This could be an issue of "interpretation." Once selected, SS/SC do treat the CUE file as a playlist. However, such files are not automatically included in your list of playlists. I expect that this is by design.

To achieve your goal, you would have to add the CUE file to a playlist ("+"). In doing so, you will create a playlist with all the individual tracks of the file. You may then save that and will then find it available under the "playlist" item in the various interfaces.
Sorry but how do you mean, "Once selected, SS/SC do treat the CUE file as a playlist" - it's the "Once selected" part in particular I am not clear about?
Also, when you say "you would have to add the CUE file to a playlist", how would you go about this exactly?

ds2021
2008-10-01, 14:56
Sorry but how do you mean, "Once selected, SS/SC do treat the CUE file as a playlist" - it's the "Once selected" part in particular I am not clear about?

You can browse to the file using the "Music Folder" option in "Music Library." You may then select the file, play the file, or add the file to a playlist.


Also, when you say "you would have to add the CUE file to a playlist", how would you go about this exactly?

You may select the "+" button on your remote/controller or the same in the web interface.

RichardP
2008-10-02, 03:00
You can browse to the file using the "Music Folder" option in "Music Library." You may then select the file, play the file, or add the file to a playlist.
This is actually how I'm working around the problem currently, thanks anyway (sincerely appreciate your explanations). Unfortunately this method is painful for 2 reasons - one because the files have long names that are often awkward to differentiate, and secondly because it's not instantly apparent which file is the CUE and which is the MP3 (the provided filenames bodies are identical) - so it's necessary to examine the characteristics of each file to determine which is the CUE and which is the MP3.

However I'm convinced there's got to be a simpler way than this. A year ago when battling with this (on a previous server installation) I read somewhere that physically putting the CUE files themselves in the 'Playlists Folder' was an option, the downside being that each CUE file needed editing by amending the path to the audio file, since the CUE was now split up from its MP3 file pairing, ie. in a different folder location (and volume). I may be mistaken but... subsequent to me experimenting with that workaround, I noticed that, bizarrely, new additions were appearing in Playlists without me doing this CUE jiggery for those new files, but this was happening inconsistently!

RichardP
2009-02-22, 10:03
OK for anyone that's interested, I found an answer.

It seems that SlimServer is being really fussy about indentation formatting of the CUE files I've been receiving.

I found that if I have an unindented CUE file alongside the MP3 that basically like this:

<start of file>
PERFORMER "Mike Wotsisface"
TITLE "Best of Wotsisface"
FILE "Mike Wotsisface - Best of Wotsisface.mp3" MP3
TRACK 01 AUDIO
TITLE "I write the songs"
PERFORMER "Mike Wotsisface"
INDEX 01 00:00:00
<end of file>

... then it is ignored.


However if the same CUE file is modified to be indented, as represented by the following:

<start of file>
PERFORMER "Mike Wotsisface"
TITLE "Best of Wotsisface"
FILE "Mike Wotsisface - Best of Wotsisface.mp3" MP3
<space><space>TRACK 01 AUDIO
<space><space><space><space>TITLE "I Write The Songs"
<space><space><space><space>PERFORMER "Mike Wotsisface"
<space><space><space><space>INDEX 01 00:00:00
<space><space>TRACK 02 AUDIO
<space><space><space><space>TITLE "When Will I Be Fay Moose"
<space><space><space><space>PERFORMER "Mike Wotsisface"
<space><space><space><space>INDEX 01 03:27:00
<end of file>

... then that is treated as a playlist/album. Result!

(NB. obviously not literally <space>, but replace that with an actual space character - just that I can't get spaces or tabs to show up in this posting!)

Maybe there's more to this than meets the eye, but can't see why the CUE file processing would be so fussy about this...?

Moonbase
2009-02-23, 11:35
Interesting, thanks for the feedback.

Itís actually looking for "line starting with any whitespace characters" and seems to use this as a differentiation between the "global" settings (TITLE, PERFORMER, FILE, REM xxx) and the "track-based" settings.

Many other programs actually use the same logic.

agentsmith
2009-02-23, 18:42
To clarify, does it mean that I can have a single FLAC file with a cue sheet, and SqueezeCenter will be able to pick up the tracks without me having to break the FLAC into multiple files?

Moonbase
2009-02-23, 19:24
Yes, Sir! :-)