[Icecast] Edit icecast.xml while server running

Philipp Schafft lion at lion.leolix.org
Wed Oct 14 05:39:24 UTC 2015

Good morning!

On Tue, 2015-10-13 at 08:02 -0700, Jack Elliott 541 848 7021 wrote:
> On 10/12/2015 10:23 PM, Philipp Schafft wrote:
> > Good morning,
> >
> > On Mon, 2015-10-12 at 07:16 -0700, Jack Elliott 541 848 7021 wrote:
> >> When running Icecast server on a Windows machine, I find that I can
> >> edit icecast.xml while Icecast is running, but must stop and restart
> >> Icecast for the changes to be recognized. At least right away, anway.
> >> It's possible that Icecast will eventually get around to accepting the
> >> changes later in the day but I haven't waited to find out.
> > Icecast2 will not magically re-read it. To do so you need to send a
> > SIGHUP. As windows does not have real, working signals there is no way
> > to let it re-read it with the current official version.
> > But I need to recommend against running Icecast2 (or any other server
> > software) on windows anyway.
> >
> Thank you for the warning. Fortunately, it has been completely reliable 
> for many months now.

If it works for you just don't mind my *recommendation*.

> If we encounter trouble I'll set up a Linux box at 
> the station to host the server.


Icecast2 itself can run fine on windows. The problem is that e.g. most
of the IPC features are disabled (e.g. this nice SIGHUP thing ;) as well
as windows can not handle a high amount of simultaneous clients. If you
go with 10 to 100 clients, sure, no problem. If you go higher you *may*
hit random (and non-obvious) bottlenecks.

Have a nice day and thank you for using Icecast2. :)

 (Rah of PH2)
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