[Icecast] Stream drops during handoff. Suggestions?

Joel Ebel 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?
> -I
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