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FS#10831 - File View>Follow Playlist Mostly Doesn't Work

Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by Richard Schofield (reszerve) - Saturday, 05 December 2009, 05:43 GMT
Last edited by Bryan Childs (GodEater) - Monday, 21 December 2009, 09:00 GMT
Task Type Bugs
Category Manual
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Operating System All players
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version Daily build (which?)
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


If the setting File View ->Follow Playlist = yes, then when in the WPS pressing select should show the currently playing track selected in the directory it is in.

This is what does happen if the player has just been booted and play resumed. Otherwise behaviour is as if the option is set to "no".

This is true on todays daily build r23850, 5Dec09, and at least all recent builds prior to this. I noticed the issue some time ago but have only just figured out when it sometimes worked was related to having booted and not selecting a new playlist.

To reproduce:
While playing a track numbered two or higher and Follow Playlist =yes turn off gigabeat. Now turn gigabeat on. Select "Resume Playback" (if set for main menu on boot), WPS appears playing the same track as at turn=off.

Press "select" to show file view. The directory where the track is should be displayed with the playing track selected. This is correct behaviour for Follow Playlist = yes.

Return to the WPS. Press Windows key for the main menu. Select Database and in the database view select a new track with a track number two or higher. The track should appear playing in the WPS.

Press "select" and you will see the directory where the file is, but track 1 selected. From now on pressing select from the WPS shows the last file view, regardless of what track is playing, until you reboot. This is the correct behavious for "Follow Playlist"=no.

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Closed by  Bryan Childs (GodEater)
Monday, 21 December 2009, 09:00 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  Clarified the action of the "Select" key whilst on the WPS screen in the manual.
Comment by Johannes Linke (Jaykay) - Sunday, 06 December 2009, 14:13 GMT
i think i found an easier way to reproduce it on an e200 and r23872.

just play any track. go to any folder in the database, e.g. artist. hist play, which takes you to the wps. hit select. you are now in the database-folder artist, not in the file browser.
Comment by PaulJam (PaulJam) - Wednesday, 09 December 2009, 12:28 GMT
This is not a bug. "Follow Playlist" only works in the filebrowser - not in the database browser (it can't work there because the same file can appear in multiple locations of the database).

Pressing the SELECT key in the WPS doesn't necessarily bring you to the filebrowser, but to the last browsing mode (Database/Filebrowser). Once you switch back to the filebrowser and hit SELECT in the WPS then follow playlist will work normally.
Comment by Johannes Linke (Jaykay) - Wednesday, 09 December 2009, 16:11 GMT
the manual says for select "return to the file browser", so the manual is wrong. if that gets changed, everything works as expected :) except, when you select a track in the databse and hit select, the first track in the list is marked and not the last selected one.
Comment by Nils Wallménius (nls) - Wednesday, 09 December 2009, 16:54 GMT
Changed category to "Manual" since it's more of a documentation issue and chaged to "all players" as it's not player specific.
Comment by Richard Schofield (reszerve) - Thursday, 10 December 2009, 07:45 GMT
I'm not comfortable that this is not a bug with the way Follow Playlist is working. What the manual says makes sense. The way the software behaves does not. The proposal seems to me to be saying make the manual describe the incorrect behaviour and that will fix it???
Comment by PaulJam (PaulJam) - Thursday, 10 December 2009, 15:01 GMT
If i remember correctly it has been this way even before the manual was written.
If you don't like the current behavior and have a better concept, then i would suggest to open a thread in the "Feature Ideas" forum with your proposal.
Comment by Richard Schofield (reszerve) - Saturday, 12 December 2009, 03:15 GMT
What if making me uncomfortable assigning this as a manual error is that it is being done on a "if i remember correctly". Have we got a way to verify what the correct behaviour is? Does anyone else recall this?
Comment by Bryan Childs (GodEater) - Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 08:51 GMT
The manual is definitely wrong. Select has always taken you back to the screen you were last browsing your music from - either the Database, or the File browser.