Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] [PATCH] add --shuffle option

On Fri, 2004-04-02 at 10:03, James Willcox wrote:
> Hi Jan,
> On Fri, 2004-04-02 at 09:01 +1000, Jan Schmidt wrote:
> > <quote who="James Willcox">
> > 
> > > Hey,
> > > 
> > > This patch makes the 'shuffle' property read/write and adds a --shuffle
> > > option to toggle it.
> > > 
> > 
> > Good idea. I have one question: It seems strange to provide an CLI that
> > toggles a UI option when the only way to know the current state is to look
> > at the UI. Wouldn't a --shuffle --no-shuffle pair make more sense, since you
> > don't have to know the current state?
> Well, it IS a graphical application after all?  I wouldn't expect anyone
> to be using rhythmbox without being able to see the screen....

Okay, I'll bite -- I do this all the time. ;)

I have some script/alias combinations that I use from my laptop, to
change songs or get information from my workstation. A lot of times, I
can't see the screen, which isn't a problem, since I can hear the song.
I would love to have RB be more scriptable on the command line, down to
things like switching playlists or doing searches. So, personally, I
would rather see a --shuffle/--no-shuffle pair, than a command-line
toggle (and even better, a way to get the current state so you could
easily implement your own toggler).
Joe Wreschnig <>

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