|added Sun December 02 2007 at 3:07 PM
|My PC is getting rather sad and old. And noisy. I don't like leaving it running at night because it makes quite a lot of white noise in the background, which kinda bugs me some nights. The server, on the other hand, is rather quiet. Probably because it doesn't have a case fan (perhaps I should get a case fan for it, but considering how cold it is in the basement, I don't think that it's a huge issue right now). At any rate, I leave the server on nonstop and it really doesn't bug me.
The problem is that I like falling asleep to music sometimes. I have several media players to choose from on my PC, but I needed something that could be run from a headless server. All my music files are already on there (it's a file server, remember), so it shouldn't be too difficult. It can't be anything graphical because first of all, the server's not connected to a monitor, and second because I don't want to install any graphical libraries on my file server. I could probably pipe X through and SSH connection, but why should it require a gui at all? I needed a music player that is strictly run by a command line interface.
CMus to the rescue. And if I combine cmus with screen, then I can start up the program via ssh and shut down the PC, leaving the music running on a playlist.
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