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CLI mplayer Shuffle Music Directory & Info?

Link to this post 13 Apr 11

Does anyone here know how to configure mplayer in the command line to not only shuffle a directory of music but display the "now playing" info with each song change as well?

As of right now, I am able to shuffle my music directory with the following code:

find ~/Music/ | mplayer -shuffle -playlist -> /dev/null

I am running Debian GNU/Linux Squeeze on an x86_64 laptop.

My thanks to anyone who can help me figure this out!

Link to this post 13 Apr 11

I'm afraid your aproach has some drawbacks. I've made you a script for what you requested:


if [[ ${#} -lt 1 || ! -d ${1} ]]; then
echo "Calling failed, try with something like"
echo "${0} ~/Music"
exit 1
fi

while IFS= read -r -d $'\0' file; do
a[i++]="$file" # or however you want to process each file
done < <(find "${1}" -name "*.mp3" -print0)
mplayer -shuffle "${a[@]}"

Place that in a file like shuffle_play


chmod +x shuffle_play
mv shuffle_play /usr/bin/ # as root!

Then give it a try with:


shuffle_play ~/Music

This will only play your mp3 files. If you need other file formats you can modify the script yourself or ask me to do it :)

Regards

Link to this post 14 Apr 11

Thank you very much! Your code worked perfectly :) I have a question, though. Where it states

done < <(find "${1}" -name "*.mp3" -print0)

Could I add a comma so that it would read
"*.ogg, .flac"

or something to that effect so it would include both ogg and FLAC formats?

Link to this post 14 Apr 11

It's a little trickier than that ;)


done < <(find "${1}" -name "*.mp3" -o -name "*.ogg" -o -name "*.flac" -print0)

That should do the trick!

Regards

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