[Icecast] Stream drops during handoff. Suggestions?

Klaas Jan Wierenga k.j.wierenga at home.nl
Thu Feb 3 12:11:19 PST 2005

I'm using ezstream-0.1.2

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Van: Joel Ebel [mailto:jbebel at ncsu.edu]
Verzonden: donderdag 3 februari 2005 21:05
Aan: Klaas Jan Wierenga
Onderwerp: Re: [Icecast] Stream drops during handoff. Suggestions?

Thanks.  I'll have to try that.  I wonder why ezstream would ever stop
sending data for that long though.  What version of ezstream are you


Klaas Jan Wierenga wrote:
> About ezstream inevitably stopping.... I had the same problem, but
> increasing the source-timeout from the default 10 (seconds) to 30
> has done the trick for me. Ezstream hasn't stopped for over two months.
> Maybe this could help you too.
> Cheers,
> Klaas Jan
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> Van: icecast-bounces at xiph.org [mailto:icecast-bounces at xiph.org]Namens
> Joel Ebel
> Verzonden: donderdag 3 februari 2005 19:28
> Aan: icecast at xiph.org
> Onderwerp: Re: [Icecast] Stream drops during handoff. Suggestions?
> 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.
> Joel
> 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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>>Icecast at xiph.org
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