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Old 08-02-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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Question [Arch Linux] MPD/ncmpcpp Automatically copy cover art of current song to /tmp

I'm trying to display cover art in ncmpcpp using this tutorial and a script that fetches the cover art from the /tmp directory.

As a quick sanity check I have modified the script by changing the music directory to my own personal music directory and the script itself seems to work fine. I've also installed mpc, imagemagick (dependency of the script) ect. I've confirmed that other applications can read the cover art of my audio files.

On my old computer I did manage to get this working. What should happen is that whenever I select a song the cover art of the song should be copied to the /tmp directory and named 'cover.jpg'. Then the script can fetch it and display it in the background of my terminal (urxvt) whenever I choose a song. However on my new computer the cover art doesn't appear in the /tmp directory when I select a song.

I'm on a brand new, fully updated installation of Arch Linux. So I am probobly missing some dependency that performs this task. If not would it be possible to make a script that would recognise when MPD changes the current song and copies it's cover art to /tmp? I've vertabrim copied my config files for both ncmpcpp and mpd from my old computer with the only alteration being the music directory so I have no idea why the cover art isn't appearing in /tmp.

What's weird is that when I set this up on my old computer it already copied the current song's cover art from whatever song I was playing to /tmp without any further action. But I'm not sure what I did to accomplish that. I've tried this on Linux Mint and it doesn't put the cover art in the /tmp directory so I must have done something to make it work.

Any help/suggestions are very much appreciated.
Old 08-04-2016, 02:14 PM   #2
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i suggest you put
#!/bin/bash -x
at the beginning of the script and then run it manually to debug it.


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