Hi again Aristotle.
All is, I believe, now resolved.
Your latest script didn't work as you'd intended. Each time xmms
finished its chore, it sat there without closing. As there were two wma
test files to be converted, that meant that xmms had to be closed twice
manually before the script finished. (When, however, the script was
helped in that way, it ultimately produced two perfect mp3 test files.)
I don't know that I'm expressing this properly, but what I had found by
trial and error with my script was that the "xmmsctrl quit" command
didn't seem to do anything unless there'd been an antecedent "xmmsctrl
launch" command; it wasn't enough merely to have earlier started xmms by
typing its own name, followed by a reference to a file to be played.
When I added to your latest script, immediately before the line "xmms
"$src"", the line "xmmsctrl launch", then the script ran from
to end without interruption, with xmms opening and closing at the
At the same time, by running and rerunning the script and checking the
results, I found that the script didn't do its job properly if, when it
ran, there was already in the .xmms directory a file called xmms.m3u,
which, as I understand it, is a playlist file. I therefore added to the
line "xmmsctrl launch" the word "clear" and that put an end to that
problem, although if with any potential adverse consequences, I'm not
You asked me whether I had MPlayer. The answer's no. I'm doing all this
on an ancient laptop running DSL. I tried to get MPlayer to run on it,
but it wouldn't for some reason I can't now remember. In any event, even
if it would, it'd be very cramped, given the ancient laptop's
You also raised the issue of changing the script so that it would
convert other audio file formats as well. I believe I understand how
that could be done, but the circumstances in which I'm struggling with
all this are peculiar. I gave the laptop to the son of friends and he's
the one who asks me for things he wants to be able to do. I then try to
work out (or, to be more accurate, try to get others to work out!) how
to do them. The only kind of file he says he wants to convert to mp3 is
wma, so, at least for now, the script can be used as it is.
My warmest thanks for all the help you've given me with this.
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