[linux-audio-user] suggested Window Manager good for audio?
linuxmedia4 at netscape.net
Thu Feb 19 13:22:46 EST 2004
> mc (in xterm) kicks ass (by default tab changes panels/widgets, esc
> tab does autocompletion in all dialogs where the files/directories are
mc (MidnightCommander) will play an audio file by just pressing ENTER on
the file. You can have *any* type of file can do *anything* you want it
to do just by pressing ENTER on the file in mc. I even have played
multiple audio tracks by pressing ENTER on a ".ecs" file (ecasound text
file that will play all the tracks, effects, volumes and panning listed
in the file).
To use this feature... First... at the command line, type... "mc -f" (no
quotes of course) to find where mc keeps it's files (to edit the file
extension manager *globally* that is...). For a local user, mc's files
are in ~/.mc.
My global file is called "mc.ext". Here is a simple example that will
load a file into xmms and play it (by pressing ENTER on a .WAV file in
mc) (by the way... make sure you quit mc and restart it every time you
Just in case the extension is uppercase...
Here's the example of playing multiple tracks with effects, panning,
volumes set... with ecasound reading the ".ecs" file that you pressed
Open=ecasound -c -s %f
The beauty of the last command is that ecasound is a "command line"
program. You don't have to leave your shell. And the (perticular)
command that I demonstrate here has ecasound in "interactive mode" (-c).
So you can press ENTER on the .ecs file, then type "t" in the (ecasound)
command line to start playing the tracks... type "fw 3" to fastforward 3
seconds... type "setpos 54" to start playing at 54 seconds into your
tracks... and things like that. With mc and ecasound, I've ran a
command line only multitrack set-up for over 2 years not. And I havn't
even mentioned mc's built in text editor (or it's text viewer for that
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