[Icecast] Stream drops during handoff. Suggestions?
jbebel at ncsu.edu
Thu Feb 3 10:28:28 PST 2005
I think you've got the right idea. The way I see to do it is set up a
quiet backup stream. If you use ogg, make sure it isn't silence.
You'll need to give it -90 dB white noise. Basically random 0, +1 an -1
values. The backup stream can be served form the same computer as
icecast. Probably the easiest way is to use ezstream to send the
silence file repeatedly. Since you aren't re-encoding, it won't take
much cpu at all. Just be sure to check on ezstream from time to time.
It inevitably stops working eventually for me.
Ian A. Underwood wrote:
> Sorry if this has been asked before, but I've searched high and low for
> the last couple days for an answer.
> An Internet radio station I DJ for is using Shoutcast and MP3, but we
> are considering moving to an Icecast/Ogg Vorbis combination instead. We
> work in 3-hour shifts. When we hand off, the DJ on-stream stops teh
> encoder, shouts "go" on IRC, and the DJ in line starts his encoder.
> However, one thing I'm finding in my testing is that during a simulated
> handoff on a test server, stream listeners are disconnected. The only
> workaround I've found for this is to run a near-silent failover stream
> which fills in the blank spot until the main encoder is re-started.
> Is this solution the only way to go about preserving the stream between
> shows? Is it possible to store a short vorbis file on the server which
> can provide the silence instead of running a backup stream to it? Is
> there something I totally missed?
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