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Old 08-11-2005, 12:13 PM   #1
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Mounting works, playing music works, reading tags doesn't


I want to build a music collection in Juk or Amarok, but the HD on this PC is too small for 2500+ mp3s, so they're on another (Windows XP) pc on the network. Now, mounting a samba share is no problem at all. Playing them isn't either. It's just that Amarok and Juk don't seem to be able to read the tags. Juk for example just gives me 2500 blank lines. Clicking on one of them plays the song just fine, but it isn't really handy.

I figure I don't use the right permissions when mounting the share, but I have no idea what they are.
Old 08-12-2005, 11:33 AM   #2
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If you can play the files, it means you can read the files. If you can read the files, you can read the ID3 tags, as they are embedded in the files. So what I'm trying to tell you is that this doesn't sound like a mounting issue at all. It sounds like there is something wrong with Juk and Amarok... Perhaps you would have better luck focusing your efforts there.
Old 08-12-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
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Are you able to read the ID3 tags via some other software on the Windows box? How about if you pull 1 file back to the Linux box, can Juk read the tag from there?

Old 08-26-2005, 01:35 PM   #4
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I get the same problem, and XMMS can read the tags fine. I'm guessing juK and Amarok uses the same program/code to read tags. Anyone know what it is?

Old 03-27-2006, 02:37 AM   #5
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Did anyone ever resolve this problem? i'm finding the same issue with amaroK on SuSE 10.0 at the moment.
Old 03-27-2006, 02:59 AM   #6
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I have amarok on FC4 and it reads tags (and edits them nicely). I have heard reports of .MP3 support in Opensuse 10 being shoddy, maybe it's something to do with that, maybe it chooses not to read the tags and turns a blind eye .

I would suggest making sure you have the latest one, maybe compile it from source, check it's documentation, you may need to compile it with special options for ID3 Tag support (Wouldnt explain why the other guy had the problem with Juk too though...)

latest stable release is 1.3, their site has source and 2 different SUSE .RPMS (dunno what the guru ones ar, looks like 3rd party packages for later KDE releases)
Old 03-27-2006, 04:11 AM   #7
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It's only happening on Samba-mounted partitions, which is the weird thing. Locally it reads the tags perfectly.

i've also got the same version of amaroK running on SuSE 9.2 and it works as it should. Most peculiar.
Old 08-23-2006, 12:27 PM   #8
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I'm having the issue also. I have even got user permissions to match local files exactly by adding a line to fstab:

//dads-g4/iTunes /iTunes  smbfs  auto,username=,password=,uid=1000,gid=100,umask=133,user   0 0
I have a Juk collection of 9000 blank lines, each plays fine. Open the folder and drag songs to the desktop, drag them into a playlist and all the tags show up. Dragging the file back to the server from the desktop, then from the server into a playlist the tags show up OK too. I can't see any owner or permission difference between the readable one and non-readable. Very strange!

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