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Robert E. Brown
2004-05-18, 20:43
Thanks to all who responded to my collection of questions. Here is some
more information about my setup:

My slim server, version 5.1.5, is running on a Red Hat Linux 7.3 system.
The processor is a fast Athlon, so there's no shortage of CPU. The server
is connected to a hub that's then hooked up to a Linksys wireless ethernet
bridge. The bridge says its wireless link quality is about 60 percent,
whatever that means. My slim player's signal strength varies between 70 and
80 percent. I have a Linksys 802.11b hub. There are about 10 other
wireless networks near me, but none on the same channel.

This evening I am getting fewer audio dropouts. Maybe they will go away
eventually.

After fiddling around for 15 minutes, I was able to get the server to play a
flac audio file in /tmp. I ran the server manually after modifying my PATH
so that it contained a directory holding a flac binary.

How do I tell the server where flac lives? Why doesn't the software
distribution ship with a working flac decoder?

bob

kdf
2004-05-18, 20:53
> How do I tell the server where flac lives? Why doesn't the software
> distribution ship with a working flac decoder?
>
slimserver tries to include what it can, but this is a matter of licensing
issues on a case by case basis for each binary. You can place them in the same
directory as slimserver.pl or anywhere is your systems's path. Thus,
/usr/local/bin is a likely valid place. there is also a Bin directory under
/usr/local/slimserver. Place the binary in the subfolder that reflects your
system architecture. In this case i386-linux-thread-multi

-kdf

Pat Farrell
2004-05-18, 20:59
At 11:43 PM 5/18/2004, Robert E. Brown wrote:
>This evening I am getting fewer audio dropouts. Maybe they will go away
>eventually.

Let it all run overnight so that the scanning is really done, all the caches
written out, etc. Then see if it is happier.

>How do I tell the server where flac lives? Why doesn't the software
>distribution ship with a working flac decoder?

I just installed flac in /usr/bin and all was happy.
yum found it out of freshrpms just fine for me. Getting all the third party
programs to work in all environments is really hard.

But I don't know why they don't bundle one. I guess
because it isn't that hard to install, and if you are running
Linux, they already assume you're smarter and better looking
than Windows or Mac users :-)

They also are pretty coy about ffmpeg which you need to play WMA files
on a Linux system. So I documented what I found and was told on
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/tips.html

We users can help each other when the official folks can't.

Pat