[Speex-dev] serving speex without a server

Jean-Marc Valin jean-marc.valin at usherbrooke.ca
Thu Aug 31 06:30:58 PDT 2006


Bertie Coopersmith a écrit :
> On my personal web pages hosted by my ISP I have a collection of speex files
> with names ending, as usual,  in '.spx'. My ISP does not provide for scripting
> or CGI but thanks to the "Home-Brew Streaming" idea of Dr Tak Auyeng,
> www.drtak.org/teaches/ARC/speex/, my friends with Windows XP can listen to
> such a recording without the need for a prior download of the whole file 
> and with quite minimal delay for buffering.  
> One would need to have speexdec.exe and curl.exe in one's path. Then 
> the command line to play a .spx file is 
> curl URL | speexdec -
> Entering an entire URL is irksome and my friends can reduce this to 
> double-clicking an icon on the desktop which invokes a .cmd file.
> The following example requires that you also need
> h2acons.exe, fgrep.exe, and basename.exe to be in your path.
> (Some of these are in the well known  UnxUtils collection.)
> For .spx files on my home page the script is:- 
> -------------------------------------------- 
> rem @echo off 
> set url=http://www.coopersmith.demon.co.uk
> curl -s -o spxs %url%
> h2acons spxs /SILENT
> fgrep .spx spxs.txt
> set /p basename=Enter basename of the one to play:
> curl %url%/%basename%.spx | speexdec -
> --------------------------------------------
> (The basename of this file can be whatever you like but I found that
>  the .bat extension instead of .cmd does not work in Windows XP. - It
> seems to cause  the vertical bar pipe symbol to be ignored.)
> This is nice but not ideal - Its not gui with url open dialog, position-in-file
> marker, volume slider  etc.
> My other approach was to try to open the URL of a .spx file on my website in
> Windows Media Player (after having installed ogg/speex codecs via illiminable),
> or alternatively, to try opening that URL in Foobar2000. However, neither works.
> So, at last, my question is:
> Is there some kind of plugin for WMP or Foobar2000 which would make it able to 
> play a narrow band (8KHz) .spx file from a web site that has no streaming server,
> but just provides http (presumably on port 8080)?.
> If not WMP or Foobar2000, is there anything else that will do the job?
> Bertie Coopersmith
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