4th January 2008 at 6:12 am #2101
Hello, I am using the version of Firefly that comes with the HP MediaSmart server. It appears that they have an app (MediaAggregation.exe) that runs on the client PC, copies the iTunes library to the server and creates .m3u files for the static playlists. I have one entry in a .m3u file created by this client that errors with a bad: path not found error. The exact firefly.log entry is:
2008-01-03 21:28:25 (27dcc76d): Playlist entry ..CDocuments and SettingsBobMy DocumentsMy MusiciTunesiTunes MusicTom Petty & The HeartbreakersGreatest Hits 1 American Girl.m4a bad: Path not found
The file is there. It streams fine from the server to iTunes. The playlist shows up in iTunes it’s just missing this one song. I was not sure if this was a problem with the HP client app or your server so I thought I would start here for ideas. The line in the .m3u is:
..CDocuments and SettingsBobMy DocumentsMy MusiciTunesiTunes MusicTom Petty & The HeartbreakersGreatest Hits 1 American Girl.m4a
Not sure why it will not pick it up. Thoughts anyone?5th January 2008 at 4:32 am #15723
Would increasing the debug level help at all in figuring this out? Kind of like to get my playlist working…
— Bob6th January 2008 at 6:03 am #15724
Case sensitivity is the problem. It appears the processing of song paths in the .m3u files by the firefly server is case sensitive.
It looks like when I ripped the first CD from Tom Petty into iTunes it created the directory with a lowercase “t” on “the” (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers). So the file directory in the iTunes library on my local PC was created this way. Also, the entry in the iTunes Music Library.xml is this way.
Now, I also ripped a second CD from Tom Petty that was put in the same “Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers” directory, except the entry in the iTunes Music Library.xml has a capital “T” (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers).
So, when the HP client aggregator runs, it copied my iTunes library up to the SmartServer and created the same lower case “t” directory just like my local drive. Then when it processed the playlists from the iTunes Music Library.xml I had a song from the second CD and so it created an entry in the .m3u file that has a capital “T”. So, I ended up with a lower case “t” directory on the music share on the server but a capital “T” entry in the .m3u playlist file. So, the Firefly server can’t find the file given it’s case sensitivity.
Probably not something that HP would have been able to easily test for assuming they knew it was case sensitive. I guess HP could make sure there entries in the .m3u files match the files in the file system and not assume iTunes has it right. It also seems like it would sure be nice if the Windows version of your server was not case sensitive when processing .m3u files given that file lookups in Windows is generally not case sensitive. This would help avoid these problems. Just my limited thought on it however…
I should add that the server is working great otherwise. I do have other issues with the aggregator however…
— Bob6th January 2008 at 8:25 am #15725
On Firefly’s advanced configuration page is a setting titled Case Sensitivity, it’s located in the scanning section & the default setting is Yes.7th January 2008 at 3:19 am #15726
Thanks stretch. This is good to know. I missed that little advanced link at the top of the web interface. I will change this option and retest.20th March 2008 at 8:02 pm #15727
I’m still not sure I get the problem. Could you show me the relevant lines from your iTunes library?
Jester20th March 2008 at 10:30 pm #15728
The line in slabo’s library file reads
...Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersGreatest Hits1 American Girl.m4a
but the actual path is
...Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersGreatest Hits1 American Girl.m4a
the slight difference meant that Firefly couldn’t find the track all because the *t* in *the* was a *T* instead of a *t*
Note: I have abbreviated the path somewhat to make the difference clearer
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