[Icecast] Clients, not always connecting since about 2.4.1, 2.4.2.

Gavin Stephens gavin at stephens.net.nz
Wed May 20 15:17:22 UTC 2020

I'll get around to putting Wireshark on and seeing what's going on, 
perhaps someone else has already noticed this:

Since I upgraded to 2.4.2 Win32 (used to use a kh branch version 
previously) and then on to 2.4.4 Win32, I've been noticing clients don't 
always connect successfully. VLC or Muses player does this out of every 
dozen connection attempts, sometimes as few as 2 or 3. I've double 
checked firewalls on the server and on the NAT router and everything 
seems okay. The same issue happens internally on LAN IP's from another 
LAN client.

Normally I don't worry about it, but I had some comments about how long 
the stream I have was taking to buffer. I later put it down to 
re-connection attempts by the web player I'm using so have started to 
re-investigate this.

So I hunted out a 2.4.0 kh8 server found here 
http://radionz-ice.streamguys.com/ (don't know what OS) and these 
streams switch seamlessly without any connection problems. No matter how 
many times I re-start the stream. So if I go clean out the 2.4.4 files 
and directory and install 2.4.0 kh8 on the server here, the problem goes 

I then went looking for a 2.4.2 server (I don't know what OS), and I've 
struck the same problem with connecting to theirs 
http://icecast.mediaworks.nz/. Now I realise this particular server's 
links are mis-configured for port 8000 when the server is on port 80. 
However, this is a known server version I already knew where to find. 
Typing the link in by hand with the correct port works but it doesn't 
always connect, similar to the issue I'm having on 2.4.4 Win32 on the 
server above here.

Has anyone come across this yet? I'm considering rolling back to the 
earlier kh8 Win32 branch like Radio NZ are using above to fix this.



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