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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Question mpc won't play (instantly, immediately stops)

    I'm a big fan of the mpd/mpc audio playing solution. I recently re-installed my OS with 8.10, keeping my home directory and .rc files from previous versions. I'm on an HP Compaq Presario v2565us. I've installed the stuff for restricted codecs, installed mpd and mpc from the Ubuntu repos, done a --create-db, and made sure all of my permissions are in order, but this is my output from mpc:

    mcantor@zanpakuto ~: mpc play
    Yoko Kanno - Intro Theme
    [playing] #1/52 0:00/4:23 (0%)
    volume: 81% repeat: off random: off
    mcantor@zanpakuto ~: mpc
    volume: 81% repeat: off random: off

    Here's my mpd config file:

    music_directory "/var/lib/mpd/music"
    playlist_directory "/var/lib/mpd/playlists"
    db_file "/var/lib/mpd/tag_cache"
    log_file "/var/log/mpd/mpd.log"
    error_file "/var/log/mpd/errors.log"
    pid_file "/var/run/mpd/pid"
    state_file "/var/lib/mpd/state"
    user "mpd"
    bind_to_address "localhost"
    filesystem_charset "UTF-8"
    id3v1_encoding "UTF-8"

    /var/lib/mpd/music is symlinked to the music directory in my home folder, though that shouldn't make a difference.

    Should I add an audio output device clause to my mpd config file? I googled around and didn't see anything.

    My soundcard doesn't support hw mixing, so that could also be an issue, but I closed pretty much every other application before trying to play (especially Firefox). I've heard that adding a plughw:0,0 audio device can sometimes fix things, or enabling dmix in alsa, but I don't want to start screwing around with all that nonsense if someone out there has a solution.

    So, any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Re: mpc won't play (instantly, immediately stops)

    Think I figured it out... I added this clause to the config file:

    audio_output {
    type "alsa"
    name "My ALSA Device"
    device "hw:0,0" # optional
    format "44100:16:2" # optional

    And restarted mpd. I guess it's possible that just restarting mpd fixed it, but who knows?

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