QUIMUP / GUIMUP
Frequently Asked Questions
q. Quimup? Guimup?
a. Qt / Gtk User Interface for the Music Player Daemon. A very Linuxian name indeed, and one you can Google for.
a. MPD is a daemon that runs in the background, plays your music and maintains a database of your music files. MPD does a great job, but can only be used with a client: it is as useless without the client as the client is without MPD. More information about mpd can be found at www.musicpd.org
q. Will this QT program work with GNOME, KDE or XFCE?
a. Yes. Quimup does not depend on KDE in any way. It only needs some Qt libs.
a. Yes. Guimup does not depend on Gnome in any way. It only needs some Gtk libs.
q. Where does the album art come from?
a. From the directory where the audio file is located. It is recommended to put a 200×200 pixel bitmap named *.jpg in the album directory. The program looks for a filename that matches *albumart* *folder* *front* *cover* or * (in that order), and an extension that matches .jpg .png .gif or .bmp.
q. Quimup can’t find album art. What’s wrong?
a. Make sure /home/USER/.mpd/mpd.conf is set up correctly and that Quimup has access rights to mpd’s music directory and its contents. To avoid mistakes set the MPDCONF parameter in /etc/default/mpd to /home/USER/.mpd/mpd.conf.
q. Many features are disabled. What is the problem?
a. Possibly Quimup is not connected to MPD.
a. MPD does not allow the features to be used. The best solution is to run MPD as a user, not as a system proces. This can be done by setting START_MPD to false in /etc/default/mpd. Next let Quimup start MPD (server tab in the settings window).
a. Quimup does not have access to mpd’s music directory and its contents. Possibly MPD and Quimup are not using the same mpd-configuration. To avoid mistakes set the MPDCONF parameter in /etc/default/mpd to /home/USER/.mpd/mpd.conf.
q. How does ‘Purge’ work?
a. Purge removes all played items from the playlist. Note that the property is monitored by Quimup, not by MPD. If you restart Quimup all the ‘played’ marks are lost.
q. Why does connecting to MPD take so long?
a. Possibly MPD and Quimup are not using the same mpd-configuration. To avoid mistakes set the MPDCONF parameter in /etc/default/mpd – and make sure MPD and Quimup are both using the same connection (i.e the ‘bind_to_address’ in MPD’s config and the ‘host’in Quimup’s login profile.)
a If MPD is started with Quimup it may be busy updating the database before a connection is established. In MPD’s configuration set auto_update to “no”.
q. Why can’t I open music files directly from the file manager?
a. Quimup will accept external files only if it is connected to MPD through a socket: both ‘bind_to_address’ in MPD’s configuration file and ‘host’ in Quimup’s login profile must point to /home/USER/.mpd/socket. Files can be dropped on the player or the playlist, or added using ‘open with’ in your file manager (%U and %F should both be accepted).
q. Can I make a feauture request?
a. Of course you can. You can contact me at email@example.com. But do keep in mind that Quimup is a no-bells-or-whistles music player: not a tag editor, ipod manager or sound converter.