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Old 02-26-2008, 06:45 AM   #1
Crazypiglady
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Ubuntu not recognising music files


I use Amarok to listen to music (ogg and mp3) at home on using Ubuntu Gutsy. I rarely need to view these files and rarely add or move them although I occasionally back them up to an external drive. I've recently been getting the following problem (possibly since my last backup):

Originally, Amarok could see some but not all of music files (both mp3 and ogg) giving the error “local file does not exist”

A restart worked but, after some time (rather than usage), the problem returned. When this problem happened, I instinctively looked around my music drive in nautilus to see if it actually is there and usually find I'm locked out or isn’t recognising the files.

There was a workaround for a while, if I used killall nautilus then it worked for a time rescanning my music collection in Amarok but now even this doesn’t work.

Now I can't see any of these music files. Has anyone else experienced this problem? And can anyone suggest what's going on? Thanks in advance.
 
Old 02-26-2008, 07:22 AM   #2
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I instinctively looked around my music drive in nautilus to see if it actually is there and usually find I'm locked out or isn’t recognizing the files.
How do you mean "locked out"? How do you mean "isn’t recognizing the files"? Concentrate on what happens: i.e. does it show your music files as music-file icons, or as a generic file or what?

I take it you are running amarok on gnome?

And I guess this is you? Whichever forum gets you the solution first, please remember to post to the other one.

Last edited by Simon Bridge; 02-26-2008 at 07:24 AM.
 
Old 02-26-2008, 08:26 AM   #3
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The first problem was that the files had generic icons with no program associated with them to run them. More recently the files aren’t displayed at all in nautilus so I looked using a terminal and I’m getting an error saying that I can't access the drive (the music files are on a separate drive) which hasn’t been a problem up to now.

Yes, I’m running Amarok on gnome. I have been for a while but I’ve never had any problem before.

Yes, the other post is me but I think the problem is wider than just Amarok.
I also posted (joined a similar thread) in the Ubuntu forum and was told, “This must be an upstream bug as the same thing happens to me on Gentoo.“ - it’s the end of quite a long thread and I don’t think my problem is the same as the other posters. I shall update here if the answers are found elsewhere.

Thanks,
 
Old 02-26-2008, 11:39 AM   #4
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Have you run a filesystem check on that drive?
 
Old 02-26-2008, 11:57 AM   #5
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No I haven't. I shall have a look and see what I can find. fsck isnt it? I'll look into it and post results.
 
Old 02-26-2008, 04:32 PM   #6
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ok I'm looking up ext3 journals and learning stuff I should have learnt a long time ago. Entering sudo fsck /music [which points to the 2nd disc] produces:


Code:
fsck 1.40.2 (12-Jul-2007)

e2fsck 1.40.2 (12-Jul-2007)

Superblock has an invalid ext3 journal (inode 8).

Clear<y>?
So far, caution has prevented me from pressing <y> but I'm sure I will at some point.

NB this is a second drive and I've got an external drive with all this stuff copied to so it's not the end of the world if I end up with an empty drive.



Update:
Randomly Amarok rescanned (the now mounted) hdd1 and played some music so I left it until eventually it started failing to find the tracks so I unmounted and ran fsck again and got a different message!:
Code:
fsck 1.40.2 (12-Jul-2007)

e2fsck 1.40.2 (12-Jul-2007)

fsck.ext3: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while trying to open /dev/hdd1

Could this be a zero-length partition?
If I try to mount the drive again I get a message which suggests running
dmesg | tail
which gives me :
Code:
[12107.010513] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 87
[12107.010516] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 89
[12107.010519] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 91
[12107.010522] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 93
[12107.012298] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 63
[12107.012365] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 65
[12107.012430] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 67
[12107.012495] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 69
[12611.896010] end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 65
[12611.896140] EXT3-fs: unable to read superblock

Am still looking at the fsck and filesystems. I am coming to the conclusion that part of hdd1 is damaged. I will update this post with anything I learn - cheers.

Last edited by Crazypiglady; 02-27-2008 at 04:52 PM. Reason: Update
 
Old 02-28-2008, 10:37 AM   #7
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Your drive is failing.
You can try running a repair and see what happens. Doubtful.
 
Old 02-28-2008, 11:42 AM   #8
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Yeah, I was thinking that was what was happening. I think I’ll get a new one. Ho-hum, could have been worse I suppose. Thanks for all your help with this. Cheers.
 
  


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