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Michael Sigalos
2004-08-06, 12:20
I know this is a loaded, unanswerable question but I will ask it anyway
because I like the sound flames make as they whizz past my head after being
tossed my way for asking stupid questions. Anyway, I digress.

I am runnning the lastest nightly of SlimServer on a NT4S dual processor
(PII @ 350) machine with 512MB. I have about 3000 songs. My hazy memory
tells me that a library rescan used to take 5-10 minutes. When I say "used
to," I mean about 6 months ago. The Rescan now takes roughly 30 minutes.
In the time between "now" and "then," I have made no significant system
changes and added only a few dozen songs.

So now for the stupid question...

I know there are dozens of variables here, but does this fall within the
"normal" time for a Rescan (i.e. other user experiences)? I know the
Windows EXE is not known for its high performance but this seems to be very
slow. I can recursively scan through every directory/file on my system in
just a few minutes using VB.

One more stupid question...

I assume SlimServer builds a memory resident file list given how the RAM
usage climbs after starting the service until the initial scan is complete.
Is there any way I can build my own file based list and have SlimServer use
that instead of its internal scan?

Michael

kdf
2004-08-06, 13:20
Quoting Michael Sigalos <miguel.slimdevices (AT) zoemail (DOT) net>:

> I know this is a loaded, unanswerable question but I will ask it anyway
> because I like the sound flames make as they whizz past my head after being
> tossed my way for asking stupid questions. Anyway, I digress.
>
> I am runnning the lastest nightly of SlimServer on a NT4S dual processor
> (PII @ 350) machine with 512MB. I have about 3000 songs. My hazy memory
> tells me that a library rescan used to take 5-10 minutes. When I say "used
> to," I mean about 6 months ago. The Rescan now takes roughly 30 minutes.
> In the time between "now" and "then," I have made no significant system
> changes and added only a few dozen songs.
>
> So now for the stupid question...
>
> I know there are dozens of variables here, but does this fall within the
> "normal" time for a Rescan (i.e. other user experiences)? I know the
> Windows EXE is not known for its high performance but this seems to be very
> slow. I can recursively scan through every directory/file on my system in
> just a few minutes using VB.
>
> One more stupid question...
>
> I assume SlimServer builds a memory resident file list given how the RAM
> usage climbs after starting the service until the initial scan is complete.
> Is there any way I can build my own file based list and have SlimServer use
> that instead of its internal scan?

use iTunes, and remove the music folder form teh server settings. This way, the
server will only read form the iTunes library file. of course, you shouldnt'
hve to rescan very often any more as the scan data is stored to file as well.

-kdf