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Old 12-17-2008, 08:51 PM   #1
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How do I scan a network attached drive with Amarok's first run wizard for media?


I want Amarok's wizard to know to look at my shared network drive for music, movies and photos. This is the path to my NAS (as described via Konqueror):
smb://mybookworld/PUBLIC

The Amarok wizard says:
Please select the folders on the right where your music files are stored.
Doing so is highly recommended, and will enhance the features available to you.
If you wish, Amarok is able to monitor these folders for new files and can automatically add them to the collection.

The folders it lists of course isn't my smb://... shares, but instead these:
/
bin
boot
dev
etc
home
lib
lost+found
media
mnt
opt
proc
root
sbin
selinux
sys
tmp
usr
var

Would my Samba shares be found under any of these subdirectories? How do I have my music players build a database of media when it lives outside my PC?
 
Old 12-17-2008, 10:44 PM   #2
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beeble,

Your answer really depends on you samba configuration. Where do you usually have samba mount shares? I can't remember where the default mount points are, but I'm sure a quick look at a man page would help you if you are still using the defaults. If you have the networked shares mounted on your file system and know where they're mounted, there should be nothing keeping you back from using amarok to scan them for music.

If you've found that your box complies with everything above, then perhaps you're having some sort of permissions issue and can only access the samba shares as super-user?

Let us know if you have any progress.
 
Old 12-18-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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thx gankoji.


The answer to my last question is:
Mount the samba shares on my file system. After that use Amarok's wizard, browse those directories and enjoy.

Tidbits:
http://linux.byexamples.com/archives...a-samba-point/
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=473130
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=202605
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=249889
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Se...600732832d47ef

http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Automount_drives
http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Automount
http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Using_SAMBA


I'm away from system right now, but will work, return & report.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 10:59 PM   #4
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Mmmkay.

I installed a number of smb-related programs via Synaptic Package Manager, including smb4k. Had a little trouble with launching it -- was typing "smb4k" and then <ctl-c>'ing out of it from the command line (was running in foreground - doh) -- eventually launched it by typing "smb4k &" per the documentation and after schlepping through Smb4k settings this SMB-CIFS frontend is starting upon bootup. I now have a new folder on my drive under /home/beeblequix/smb4k/MYBOOKWORLD/PUBLIC (also lists ...IPC$). But it doesn't let me just launch Konqueror and browse on into it. Had to set up KDE Wallet for authentication and must supply my password. Now I click the Smb4k application running in the lower right of the KDE Panel which shows my workgroup. Clicking my workgroup requires me to enter my KDE Wallet password, and upon doing that my workgroup computers including my NAS is sitting right there. I browse to the PUBLIC 'network' item from within the Smb4k frontend in the left pane and click on the //MYBOOKWORLD/PUBLIC 'Item' in the right pane. A Konqueror folder pops up and I can finally access the folders under /home/beeblequix/smb4k/MYBOOKWORLD/PUBLIC like I'm used to.

Which brings me back to my original question. Undert Configure Amarok --> Collection I checked /home/beeblequix/music and /home/beeblequix/smb4k/MYBOKOWORLD/PUBLIC/audio for the Collection Folders to be searched. Then I selected Tools --> Rescan Collectoin to build a SQLite database of my modest ~19GB audio file collection (took a few minutes). I'm in business. Amarok is pretty cool.

Hope this anecdote helps someone else.

Last edited by beeblequix; 12-21-2008 at 11:10 PM.
 
Old 01-05-2009, 09:31 PM   #5
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Followup 2:

Found that Komba2 is easier out-of-the-box than SMB4k. Was having some sort of permissions issue with SMB4k that would let me read the mounted shares but not add/change anything (I think not even as root which was just silly). Komba2 on the other hand is exactly what I wanted on my home network. It also doesn't require me to use a Kwallet.
 
  


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