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    Multiple Spotty processes

    Running LMS 8.2 latest on a 2008 iMac running El Capitan. I have stalled playback of Spotify content; checking LMS, it has stopped and is stuck on startup -- noticed multiple (dozens) Spotty processes running in Activity Monitor. Any ideas what's going on?
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    Multiple Spotty processes

    > Running LMS 8.2 latest on a 2008 iMac running El Capitan. I have
    > stalled playback of Spotify content; checking LMS, it has stopped and is
    > stuck on startup -- noticed multiple (dozens) Spotty processes running
    > in Activity Monitor. Any ideas what's going on?


    What kind of player are you using?

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    Junior Member threej's Avatar
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    What kind of player are you using?[/QUOTE]

    Michael, thx for the reply. My list of units operating at the time of the problem, streaming a Spotify playlist: Squeezebox Boom, Squeezebox Duets (two), Squeezebox Radios (two as stereo pair, Community Firmware), Apple Homepods (two stereo pair via Airplay Bridge) -- all synchronized to each other. I was using iPeng on my iPhone to control them.

    This morning, I deleted/reinstalled the LMS prefpane then safe-booted followed by a normal restart -- and all is working. Activity Monitor shows a single instance of the spotty process now.
    Last edited by threej; 2021-05-29 at 09:07.

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    Multiple Spotty processes

    > This morning, following a safe boot, I deleted/reinstalled the LMS
    > prefpane -- and all is working.


    This certainly should not be necessary... are you using the Group
    Players plugin, or do you sync manually?

    This is an issue I experienced for the first time a week or two ago,
    when I was working on an updated helper binary. I thought it might have
    been a problem with that new binary, but obviously it wasn't. What seems
    to happen is that LMS for whatever reason decides that the first track
    wasn't playable, thus skips to the next one. And here it repeats,
    skipping all tracks in a playlist. I've seen it happen with non Spotify
    tracks, too. But in the case of Spotty it's particularly bad, as each
    attempt at playing a track would launch a helper instance. I've never
    seen it happen with "real" players, but only in my testing with a local
    Squeezeplay.

    What you could try to do in such a case is just kill all those spotty
    instances. "killall spotty" did help to bring LMS back to live...

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    Junior Member threej's Avatar
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    ...are you using the Group
    Players plugin, or do you sync manually?

    Both... some of the players were in a group (each group consisted of a stereo pair); some were not.
    I have created no groups that contain groups within (if I understand Philippe's "nested" warning correctly).
    Last edited by threej; 2021-05-30 at 10:45.

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