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Paul M
2004-08-14, 14:13
Ken/Anyone - I have decided to take your advice and have my slimserver
server do the ripping etc. I now have a new delemma. My server is an older
G3 300 which I updated to panther through 'xpostfacto', to do so I had to
partition my drive with the first 8GB and the rest I planned to use for
storage. I setup iTunes to use that section to uodate my library but the
Slimserver does not see my songs. I have read previously where some folks
used symbolic links to steer the slimserver to my songs. How do you do a
'simbolic link'? And where would you put it? I don't know if I made myself
clear but any help would be appreciated........'so near but yet so
far'...... Thanks to everyone for previous suggestions.


Paul



On 8/9/04 5:04 PM, "Ken Anderson" <lists (AT) anderhome (DOT) com> wrote:

> Paul,
>
> After thinking about this a bit - I have a question... Where will you
> most often play the music in your library? If you store the library on
> the Mac you use, and then share it to the slimserver, any use from the
> slimserver will cause network traffic.
>
> Also, how often do you change playlists, and is the mac that is serving
> the music easily accessible, or is it headless?
>
> If I were to do this, I'd store all the music on the slimserver server,
> and use regular iTunes music sharing to play from my machine when I
> felt like it. Then, if I wanted to modify a playlist, I'd just switch
> to the slimserver machine to do that. Since iTunes music sharing shows
> you the playlists, the only time you'd have to touch the slimserver
> machine is to rip music and change playlists.
>
> In the end, the best recommendation depends on your usage pattern...
>
> Ken
>
> On Aug 9, 2004, at 3:44 PM, Paul M wrote:
>
>> For the Mac heads among us - from a novice Mac head. I currently have
>> my
>> slimserver on my mac desktop which is on 24/7 (G5 1.6) I have a G4/500
>> that
>> I have just resurrected and would like to use it as a server which I
>> plan to
>> keep somewhere hidden and out of site. I currently use itunes for my
>> playlists and music library on my G5.I would like to put the
>> slimserver on
>> my G4 with a 200GB HD and just use that as my server. Would I have to
>> use
>> itunes on the G4 and do my playlists etc. from there or is there a way
>> to
>> set up my playlists from my G5 in my office and have the slimserver
>> recognize it. I remember somewhere someone had mentioned an alias or
>> something. Also if I transfer my library to the G4 can I keep my
>> existing
>> playlist or would I have to redo them? I'm sure someone already has
>> something similarly setup OR I'm open to suggestions!!
>>
>> Thanks again
>>
>> Paul
>> --
>>
>>
>>

Ken Anderson
2004-08-14, 14:29
Paul,

Log into the mac using the same account your slimserver is setup to use
(that would be the account you ran the configuration panel from). Open
a terminal window, and type this:

cd ~/Music

Normally, this is where your iTunes directory is. First, make sure
there's no iTunes directory there (if there is, rename it to be safe).
Then, do this:

ln -s <SOURCE> iTunes

So, if the second partition was mounted as MUSIC, you would do
something like:

ln -s /Volumes/MUSIC/iTunes iTunes

Then, do an ls to make sure everything is OK. You should see something
like this:

lrwxr-xr-x 1 kanderso kanderso 23 14 Aug 17:27 iTunes ->
/Volumes/MUSIC/iTunes

Ken


On Aug 14, 2004, at 5:13 PM, Paul M wrote:

> Ken/Anyone - I have decided to take your advice and have my slimserver
> server do the ripping etc. I now have a new delemma. My server is an
> older
> G3 300 which I updated to panther through 'xpostfacto', to do so I had
> to
> partition my drive with the first 8GB and the rest I planned to use for
> storage. I setup iTunes to use that section to uodate my library but
> the
> Slimserver does not see my songs. I have read previously where some
> folks
> used symbolic links to steer the slimserver to my songs. How do you do
> a
> 'simbolic link'? And where would you put it? I don't know if I made
> myself
> clear but any help would be appreciated........'so near but yet so
> far'...... Thanks to everyone for previous suggestions.

Daniel Cohen
2004-08-14, 14:46
On 14/8/04 at 5:13 pm -0400, Paul M wrote
>Ken/Anyone - I have decided to take your advice and have my slimserver
>server do the ripping etc. I now have a new delemma. My server is an older
>G3 300 which I updated to panther through 'xpostfacto', to do so I had to
>partition my drive with the first 8GB and the rest I planned to use for
>storage. I setup iTunes to use that section to uodate my library but the
>Slimserver does not see my songs. I have read previously where some folks
>used symbolic links to steer the slimserver to my songs. How do you do a
>'simbolic link'? And where would you put it? I don't know if I made myself
>clear but any help would be appreciated........'so near but yet so
>far'...... Thanks to everyone for previous suggestions.
>

I'm not sure why the Slimserver doesn't see the songs. It's not clear
to me if you have set the Slimserver to use iTunes. If you have,
then I can't see why there is any problem. If you haven't, then
perhaps Slimserver is not pointing to your music library. There is a
slight trick in choosing the folder, when it is on another disk (or,
I think, another partition). If it is the folder MusicFolder on the
disc Partition2, then the correct path to it (I can't recall exactly,
you'll have to experiment) is /Volumes/Partition2/MusicFolder and not
just Partition2/MusicFolder.

As to symbolic links, they are a Unix equivalent of aliases. Choose
some folder on your first partition as the music folder that
SlimServer looks at, put a symbolic link to the actual music folder
in this and you will be able to browse.

It's easy enough to create a symbolic link using Terminal, but even
easier to use one of the programs with a GUI. There's one called
MakeSymLink and Cocktail is a multi-purpose utility which has the
ability to make symbolic links. You can find either of these on
Versiontracker.
--
Daniel Cohen