Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] Problems with m3u playlists on device

I've filed this as Gnome bug #608397

Further investigation seems to show that my problems are just a couple
small issues in rhythmbox and not actually caused by any problems in


On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 11:13 PM, Ryan May <rmay31 gmail com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 7:18 PM, Jonathan Matthew <jonathan d14n org> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 8:56 AM, Ryan May <rmay31 gmail com> wrote:
>>> 1) Device not recognized as portable audio player.  Fixed by adding
>>> the product ID to 10-usb-music-players.fdi.
>> I think we need to get this added to media-player-info too. What are
>> the vendor and product IDs?
> Vendor: 0x781
> Product: 0x74d0
>>> 2) Rhythmbox not creating playlists on device.  This turned out to be
>>> a problem with the setting of the portable_audio_player.playlist_path
>>> property to "%File". This seemed to make Rhythmbox angry to no end.
>> What specifically happened?
> Problems creating the playlist. The playlist file would never appear,
> and there were some error messages in the debug output.  It seemed
> like it had problems with the fact that %FILE was the entire playlist
> path.
>>> 4) Finally, the problem I can't really solve (short of using external
>>> shell scripts).  The m3u playlists produced by Rhythmbox don't
>>> actually work with my mp3 player.  First, Rhythmbox writes them out as
>>> absolute paths, and my player seems to require relative paths, even
>>> though the playlist files are located at the root of the device.
>>> (Actually, I can't even use this playlist with Totem with the absolute
>>> paths.  Relative paths make it work.)  Second, Rhythmbox writes out
>>> the files with Unix path separators (/) and the mp3 player needs them
>>> to be Windows-style (\).
>> We currently tell totem-pl-parser to write 'unix format' m3u, but that
>> should probably be 'DOS format'. I don't think we really know which
>> devices expect unix format and which expect DOS format. Of course,
>> from your later message, it appears that there are some problems with
>> DOS format too.
> Well, with setting M3U_DOS and some fixes to totem-pl-parser and
> rhythmbox (see below), I have now been able to make it work.  Once I
> set M3U_DOS, totem-pl-parser does not properly convert URI's to dos
> paths.  The attached patch fixes it for me, but I'm not sure it's the
> correct fix.
>> I'm not sure about absolute vs relative paths, but it probably should
>> be writing relative paths. We do write the playlist to a temporary
>> file, but it's in the same directory as it ends up in, so that should
>> be OK.
> Yeah, the temporary file isn't the problem.  The problem appears to be
> that rhythmbox tries to handle the conversion to a relative path
> rather than let totem-pl-parser handle the conversion itself.  The
> other attached patch fixes that problem by just passing the raw uri to
> totem-pl-parser, and that works for me fine.
> Together, the attached patches, along with using M3U_DOS for creating
> the playlist (patch not attached) allows rhythmbox to create a
> playlist that just works with my mp3 player and can be read back in by
> rhythmbox.
> Ryan
> --
> Ryan May
> Graduate Research Assistant
> School of Meteorology
> University of Oklahoma
> Sent from Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Ryan May
Graduate Research Assistant
School of Meteorology
University of Oklahoma
Sent from Norman, Oklahoma, United States

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