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  1. #1
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    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Exclamation Rhythmbox library duplicate songs

    Big problem, and can't seem to find a way around it.

    I'm doing the music for a big party in about six hours' time, with all my music on a portable hard drive to play through Ubuntu / Rhythmbox to an amp. This is using my little Sony Vaio with 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), not the system described in my profile and signature.

    I used Synaptic to "completely remove" rhythmbox from my computer, then re-installed it. Then I connected the portable drive, started rhythmbox, and *all the music library still showed*...

    So I googled, and found that I needed to remove files from ~/.local/share/rhythmbox so I did that.

    Then started rhythbox again, and told it that the music was in /media/Backup/Music.

    But rythmbox *still* seems to have a record of everything that was on my NAS, even though that was switched off during all the preceding steps.

    I used gconf-editor to look for a list of music sources, but didn't find any.

    So, how can I make sure that rhythmbox clears out its record of these songs? I will not be using a NAS or any other network, only the external drive.

    Please help!

    Last edited by Keith_Beef; July 7th, 2012 at 06:04 PM.
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    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Rhythmbox library duplicate songs

    I might be missing something here, but have you selected everything in your Rhythmbox library and removed it from library only, then re-added everything?
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  3. #3
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    Re: Rhythmbox library duplicate songs

    Rhythmbox stores the library in rhythmdb.xml (+ playlists.xml), in the location you mentioned. Deleting these files should be sufficient.

    edit: an alternative is to force rhythmbox to use different library files.

    E.g., create a library file ~/rdb.xml:

    <?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
    <rhythmdb version="1.8">
    and a playlist file ~/pdb.xml:

    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    and start rhythmbox using those files:

    rhythmbox --rhythmdb-file=/home/${USER}/rdb.xml --playlists-file=/home/${USER}/pdb.xml
    Last edited by stderr; July 7th, 2012 at 06:17 PM.
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