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Old 02-07-2004, 07:53 PM   #1
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Question about at command

i want to let xmms play a song at 07:00 this morning,
so i use at command like this:
$ at 07:00 2/7/04
>xmms /data/music/mp3/01.mp3
>echo "finished"

at 07:00,
no music heard,
but in /var/spool/mail/ixogn there is the finished msg.

i try it again with mplayer,
but get the same result.

i can use at to update my software,
why i cann't use it to play music?

Old 02-08-2004, 03:26 AM   #2
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I think you don't have any problems with at command. Your problem is that since mp3 license is not freeware there is no free mp3 player shipping with Linux and unless you don't install the required plug-ins you can not play mp3 songs using xmms or mplayer.

Try to play a wave file see if you get the same result or not?

Hope it would help.
Old 02-08-2004, 08:13 AM   #3
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I have the same problem with at and xmms, and it does have the needed pluggins for mp3s (playing one right now).

In contrast, amp (comand-line mp3 player) works just fine with at.
Old 10-06-2004, 04:47 AM   #4
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With both at adn cron you have to use comand line programs if you want it to work. Remember that at and cron are meant to be use for automatic backup and that surt of task and there is no need for gui in anything automated.

I use mpg321 with cron and it works like a charm.

-- aiki_kid


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