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Old 12-12-2008, 09:20 PM   #1
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a couple Amarok 2.0 questions

I installed Amarok 2.0 yesterday and I'm wondering about 2 things.

1. The database - am I correct in thinking that there's a MySQL database embedded in Amarok now? And that that means I can remove the MySQL server/client packages I have installed from when I was using Amarok 1.4?

2. LIRC. I'm still using KDE 3 and I used to have a few of Amarok's functions mapped to my remote through IRKick. With Amarok 2.0, IRKick doesn't appear to recognize it at all (which I did somewhat expect), there's a feature to pull functions out of running applications, but the list looks to only contain KDE3 apps (Amarok is running). Is there any way I can get KDE3's IRKick to recognize Amarok 2? Is there some way I can obtain a list of commands for Amarok 2 that I can directly enter into my .lircrc file instead (like "$mplayer -input cmdlist")? Edit: And anyone got an inkling when KDE4's IRKick might make into experimental?


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Old 12-12-2008, 11:57 PM   #2
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"It is important to note that Amarok 2.0 is a beginning, not an end. Because of the major changes required, not all features from the 1.4 are in Amarok 2. Many of these missing features, like queuing and filtering in the play list, will return within a few releases. Other features, such as visualisations and support for portable media players, require improvements in the underlying KDE infrastructure. They will return as KDE4's support improves.Some features, such as the player window or support for databases other than MySQL, have been removed because either they posed insurmountable programming problems, or they didn't fit our design decisions about how to distinguish Amarok in a saturated market of music players."
Old 12-13-2008, 08:10 PM   #3
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Removing the MySQL packages, running Amarok, adding files and updating my collection has confirmed for me that you don't need separate MySQL packages with Amarok 2.

I no longer need an answer re: LIRC, as I've decided Amarok 2.0 is as ready for me as KDE4 (read: it's not). I was willing to put up with a certain amount of limitations (I did read the release announcement before installing), but its inability to recognize more than the tiniest handful of album covers from my collection was the tipping point for me(Amarok 1.4 in comparison only fails to recognize the tiniest handful of them). Too much CPU use for zero zippyness and no features. Seemed stable though. I'm keeping my hopes up for future releases - maybe this time next year I'll be loving KDE4 and Amarok 2.x. I hope so anyway.


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