[MPlayer-users] Re: any suggestion to have mplayer "always on", waiting for commands?

Alban Bedel albeu at free.fr
Thu Apr 10 12:46:38 CEST 2003

Hi nico berndt,

on Wed, 9 Apr 2003 08:24:19 +0200 you wrote:

> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read
> DOCS/bugreports.html] hello everybody,
> i am looking for a way to have mplayer always on ;)
> since i am controlling it via remote i'd like it to be on "standby" all
> time so i can access the menu right away to choose a file to play.
> a possibillity would surely be to loop a clip (didn't figure how that
> works, yet), or - much better - display a .png- or .gif-file.
> playing a clip would have the big downside of having the disk running at
> all time; normally hdparm sends it to sleep after a couple of minutes of
> inactivity..
> any suggestions anybody?

run a clip in loop with a cache big enouth for the whole clip.
smthg like: mplayer -loop 0 file1 [options] endclip -loop 0 -cache xx
where xx is at least the file size of endclip.
Another varient is:
mplayer -loop 0 menuclip -cache xx { file1 .... }
in this situation you go back on the menu from any item in the list by
using pt_up_step (HOME/END).

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