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  1. #1
    Laurent Perez
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    problems & suggestions for slimserver

    Hello

    I just received my Squeezebox and I absolutly *love* it, you guys did a
    good job, however I'm experiencing various problems, and I'd like to add
    few suggestions :

    Within slimserver, when I use Look for artists / enter name / click on
    artist, then album, then track, when I click on the track, it shows out the
    track infos like 30% of time, 70% other produce a bug which randomly pops
    out a 404 not found/ freezes slimserver (100% cpu usage)/ freezes (100%
    cpu) then crashes slimserver, causing a full complete rescan of mp3 library
    on restart.

    I can see from debug window the following problem which seems to cause the
    cpu overload :
    SlimServer has started!
    Use of uninitialized value in transliteration (tr///) at
    /PerlApp/File/Spec/Win32.pm line 99.
    Use of uninitialized value in pattern match (m//) at
    /PerlApp/File/Spec/Win32.pm line 101.
    Use of uninitialized value in transliteration (tr///) at
    /PerlApp/File/Spec/Win32.pm line 99.
    (looping over and again)

    I had a look at SlimServer_v5.1.4\SlimServer_v5.1.4\CPAN\File\Spec however
    I'm not sure of what's in lines 99/101 because of pod documentation bundled
    in .pm (I don't have a good .pl editor on my windows server).

    Also the 'Download' link from squeezebox pane doesn't work, it shows a 404
    not found. No debug visible

    Now for suggestions :

    - I think a Play/Validate button in-between the up/down/left/right remote
    buttons would be a good idea, the current play button is too small, and
    most of the time when browsing I find my thumb pretty inactive in middle of
    the cross.
    - I'm not blind but I think a little button modification (something like
    cellphone blind-help button on key 5 for ex.) would be a great idea for ppl
    with sight problems, especially since I suspect the Size button to be
    already present for sight problems.
    - I'd like to override the default string 'Now playing (x of y)' to show
    any id3 tag or text, and thus have the progress bar being scaled when
    string is too large (or being switched with a percentage three-digits
    progress, 0% to 100%). I know I can modify the 2nd line output, but I'd
    like to customize the boring Now Playing too
    - I'd like some sort of timer to always revert to the 'Now playing' status
    screen when squeezebox menu had been idling for too long.
    - Ability to play a custom track when using the wake-up plugin (I know I
    could make a one-file saved playlist but hey)
    - A equalizer-style-output plugin a-la-winamp would be nice, I mean to show
    live bass/pitch settings

    A question about the wake-up plugin :

    I'd really like to write a perl script to fetch newsfeeds from various www
    sites, so that when you wake up the squeezebox shows you today's news and
    so on. I know how to write the script, but how could I 'call' it from
    squeezebox once wake-up starts ?

    Thanks for any advices

    laurent

  2. #2
    Rob Funk
    Guest

    problems & suggestions for slimserver

    Laurent Perez wrote:

    > - I'd like to override the default string 'Now playing (x of y)' to show
    > any id3 tag or text, and thus have the progress bar being scaled when
    > string is too large (or being switched with a percentage three-digits
    > progress, 0% to 100%). I know I can modify the 2nd line output, but I'd
    > like to customize the boring Now Playing too


    Add a slimserver-strings.txt file that looks like this:

    ### START ###
    PLAYING
    EN [>

    PLAYING_RANDOMLY
    EN [> ?

    STOPPED
    EN []

    OUT_OF
    EN /

    PAUSED
    EN ||
    ### END ###

    What would be really cool would be for the server to define a single custom
    character to indicate the current mode (play/stop/pause) and use that
    instead of these strings.

    --
    ==============================| "A slice of life isn't the whole cake
    Rob Funk <rfunk (AT) funknet (DOT) net> | One tooth will never make a full grin"
    http://www.funknet.net/rfunk | -- Chris Mars, "Stuck in Rewind"

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