Wow. That was in-ter-es-ting!
So yes – a couple of the “older” folks were a little wary of moving from cassette to digital format, which put me in the awkward position of defending this archiving project. Kind of the opposite of Paul Bunyan – with the new technology fighting to justify it’s value.
Last week, Quodlibet was finding Zero (of over 17,000) tracks. So there I am unable to play ANY music. Fortunately the old system is still in place, but I’m sure my ears were looking a bit red around the tips.
I thought it might have been an issue with the external drive either in terms of data, format or drive type.
After way too much time experimenting I decided to try looking into the Qoudlibet database. Is it postgreSQL? No. Actually it’s not a database at all. QL uses a “pickled list of AudioFile instances”. “Pickling” is the Python (language) word for a compressed file.
As per the FAQ, you’re supposed to be able to examine this “pickled” songs list:
Python 2.6.2 (r262:71600, Jun 4 2009, 15:54:27) [GCC 4.3.2] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> import quodlibet >>> import cPickle >>> with open(".quodlibet/songs", 'r') as songsfile: ... songs = cPickle.load(songsfile) ...
import quodlibet only worked for me when running the Python interactive interpreter from within the same directory as the main quodlibet.py file. I think there’s that directory could be added to the Python path, but haven’t looked into it yet.)
But the above was returning an error:
Traceback (most recent call last): File "/Users/mikekilmer/quodlibet/quodlibet/quodlibet/plugins/events.py", line 104, in __invoke handler(*args) File "/Users/mikekilmer/quodlibet/quodlibet/quodlibet/ext/events/viewlyrics.py", line 81, in plugin_on_song_started if not lyrics: UnboundLocalError: local variable 'lyrics' referenced before assignment
Apparently in the current version of quodlibet you have to also initialize quodlibet:
Still no luck. More errors. Back to the Quodlibet Development Group on Google.
In the meantime I tried removing all but one of the directories from the Library. I tried replacing the
/.quodlibet/songs cPickle file.
songs pickle file resides in a directory named
.quodlibet which is in your “home directory” and on Unix and Mac OSX this is referenced with the tilde:
~/. It also contains the
config and a few other files and directories. So I backed up
~/QLbackups and reinstalled the application. Working again. Yay!
Finally I removed the entire
~/.quodlibet directory (backing it up elsewhere), and through swapping components in and out between a fresh install’s
~/.quodlibet directory and the previous one, I discovered that it was two lines under the
[browsers] heading in the
~/.quodlibet/config file that were causing the issue:
albums = background = ketriketriketriketri # (this is the [whitespace ommited] name of one of the tracks from the collection)
Back in business. But wait. All of our playlist files are empty! Fortunately I back up the computer on our QNAP Network Attach Storage system using Time machine. So I was able to open the
~/.quodlibet direcory in the finder (by entering it in the Go>Go to folder field in the Mac finder) and then open TIme Machine, go back a few weeks and “restore” it.
Now we’re back in biz! Sweet.