[MPlayer-users] Re: sending mplayer signals

Jorge Fábregas jfabregas at onelinkpr.net
Tue Aug 22 01:11:03 CEST 2006

On Thursday 17 August 2006 2:07 pm, Corey Hickey wrote:
> 1. at time X: $ mencoder ..... or mplayer -dumpstream .....
> 2. at time Y: $ kill -SIGINT `pidof mencoder`

What I usually do (in order to record a stream for certain amount of time) is, 
for example:

#! /bin/sh
mplayer -dumpstream http://blabla/link/to/stream.asf &
sleep 120m # will grab stream for 2 hours
kill $! # will kill the most recently backgrounded job

Notice the ampersand at the end of mplayer line. I just placed mplayer in the 
background so I could run the sleep command next.  After sleep ends I'll kill 

> SIGINT will let mencoder exit cleanly and leave a complete file. You'll
> probably want a better way of specifying the mencoder PID; that's just a
> very rough example.

SIGINT...that's interesting. I always used plain kill (SIGTERM, same as -15).  
Any difference at all Corey that you might think? Does mplayer handles SIGINT 
better than SIGTERM?


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