[icecast] Unable to use playlist module in ices

Jim Shepherd jimshep at mindspring.com
Fri Nov 9 07:28:16 UTC 2001

I have just downloaded from anoncvs at xiph.org the ogg, vorbis, icecast,
and ices modules.  I compiled and installed all four modules without any
errors.  I seem to have icecast working correctly (no errors in the
logs), but I cannot get ices started.  I receive the following errors in
the log file:

[2001-11-09  07:04:54] EROR playlist-builtin/playlist_open_module No
playlist type given, cannot initialise playlist module
[2001-11-09  07:04:54] EROR input/input_loop Couldn't initialise input
module "playlist"

I use the following command:

ices -c /usr/local/etc/ices-playlist.xml

and the contents of /usr/local/etc/ices-playlist.xml are appended to the
end of this post.

It seems that the playlist type is correct and the playlist file itself
is a plain text file with one filename per line.  Any suggestions on
what is configured incorrectly would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance, 


<?xml version="1.0"?>

        <background>0</background> <!-- run in background? (unimplemented) -->
        <logpath>/tmp</logpath> <!-- where logs, etc go. -->
        <loglevel>4</loglevel> <!-- 1=error,2=warn,3=info,4=debug -->

                <!-- metadata used for stream listing (not currently used) -->
                        <name>Jim Tunes</name>
                        <description>My personal collection</description>

                <!-- input module
                         This defines where the data (raw PCM, vorbis files, etc.) comes
                         from. The module used here is the playlist module - it has 
                         'submodules' for different types of playlist. The only one 
                         currently implemented is 'basic', which is a simple file-based
                        <param name="type">basic</param> <!-- Only 'basic' implemented -->
                        <param name="file">/usr/share/ogg/all.txt</param> <!-- be sure this
exists -->
                        <param name="random">0</param> <!-- random play -->
                        <param name="once">0</param> <!-- if set to 1 , plays once through,
                                                          then exits. -->

                <!-- Stream instance
                         You may have one or more instances here. This allows you to 
                         send the same input data to one or more servers (or to different
                         mountpoints on the same server). Each of them can have different
                         parameters. This is primarily useful for a) relaying to multiple
                         independent servers, and b) encoding/reencoding to multiple
                         If one instance fails (for example, the associated server goes
                         down, etc), the others will continue to function correctly.
                         This example defines two instances as two mountpoints on the
                         same server.
                        <!-- Server details:
                                 You define hostname and port for the server here, along with
                                 the source password and mountpoint. 

                        <!-- Reconnect parameters:
                                 When something goes wrong (e.g. the server crashes, or the
                                 network drops) and ices disconnects from the server, these
                                 control how often it tries to reconnect, and how many times
                                 it tries to reconnect. Delay is in seconds.
                                 If you set reconnectattempts to -1, it will continue 
                                 indefinately. Suggest setting reconnectdelay to a large value
                                 if you do this.

                        <!-- maxqueuelength:
                                 This describes how long the internal data queues may be. This
                                 basically lets you control how much data gets buffered before
                                 ices decides it can't send to the server fast enough, and 
                                 either shuts down or flushes the queue (dropping the data)
                                 and continues. 
                                 For advanced users only.

                        <!-- Live encoding/reencoding:
                                 Currrently, the parameters given here for encoding MUST
                                 match the input data for channels and sample rate. That 
                                 restriction will be relaxed in the future.
                                <bitrate>128000</bitrate> <!-- bps. e.g. 64000 for 64 kbps -->


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