[maemo-developers] metalayer-crawler - good idea?

From: Kalle Vahlman kalle.vahlman at gmail.com
Date: Wed Apr 4 09:06:14 EEST 2007
2007/4/3, Frantisek Dufka <dufkaf at seznam.cz>:
> Yes, another bug :-) Would be nice to have this marvellous metadata idea
> optional. I keep my files structured and mostly I just want to play
> specific directory recursively (even with more levels). This simple (and
> maybe often used) use case seems to be not supported very well in
> current media player. The only way I found is to open one directory in
> filemanager and mark all files and select open.
> I will try to search bugzilla and add this opinion somewhere when it is
> up again but I guess this could be first discussed here too since maybe
> the whole idea need some thoughts?

What I do about this is circumvent this whole business:

Maemo Service Handler:

I shut down metalayer-crawler, and remove it from the boot. No more
indexing then, but no more use of the media player either. So, what I
use is


which, although admittedly still rough on the edges (UI wise), fits
the use case we seem to share pretty well.

As a bonus, it also won't *prevent* you from playing your ogg/vorbis
music as the media player seems to do. A bit of development and it
should allow other formats too, provided that you install a
demuxer/decoder for it.

That said, people who have just mp3's and really want to have that
database approach and don't want to hand-add every file/directory are
probably better off with the current solution. With all it's problems
and limitations (and confusing UI ;).

Kalle Vahlman, zuh at iki.fi
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