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Subject: Re: ignoring paths when playingg from playlists

Re: ignoring paths when playingg from playlists

From: Jeff Waltzer <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2003 05:35:24 -0800 (PST)

   Maybe some intelligence could be applied to this. Instead of blindly
stripping out path information try working backwards on the invalid path
looking for the directories listed in it. A couple well thought out rules
of thumb should keep problems to a minimum.

--- Greg Haerr <> wrote:
> > On the other hand, it wouldn't be that hard for Rockbox to shorten the
> > path and retry. This approach will introduce other interesting
> problems,
> > when it may find the wrong song (with the same name but in a different
> > directory) if a file couldn't be found.
> It's not that big a deal - the current version won't play a song at
> all with an invalid path prefix, so it's not likely this approach will
> play many "incorrect" songs. The feature that is being requested
> will allow Rockbox to play playlists that currently don't work _at all_.
> In a non-technical-user-based device, I think it's always better
> for the device to do something, than nothing. And if the wrong
> song were ever to be played, you can always hit the "next" button.
> > Why not just use relative directories in your playlists? Do the
> freeware
> > programs that people use to create playlists not have the ability to
> do
> > this? One could always write a short perl script that walked your
> mp3
> directory
> > structure and converted all your playlists to use relative paths...
> I think the point here is to have Rockbox run playlists without having
> to muck with them. Archos does, so should we...
> Regards,
> Greg

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Received on 2003-01-05

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