Kopete NowPlaying MPD
Kopete is connected to dbus, so the problem is reduced to sending the information to the right address in dbus, unfortunately, as it is in the discussion, MPD has no (and will not have any) support for dbus.
In conclusion, in order to share with your friends what you are listening too, a communication interface is required for MPD with Kopete's dbus.
After a long session in the Google search (my friend), I found some articles (see Resources) and I wrote MPD-DBus-Kopete.
- Ruby 1.9 mostly for encoding issues (Tested on 1.9.2.p0);
git clone git://github.com/mvidner/ruby-dbus.git cd ruby-dbus rake gem rvm gem install|gem install|sudo gem install pkg/ruby-dbus-version.gem
or download the tarball from here and follow steps as advised on download page.
Note: Embedded libraries
1. librmpd2 library which handles MPD related stuff, comes from Jeffrey Aylesworth's rMPD, without any modifications;
2. simple-daemon library, is borrowed from Bryan Liles's simple-daemon, slightly modified to suit specific needs;
So all merits are theirs :).
Note: 1.8.7 support
I made some changes regarding compatibility with Ruby 1.8.7, now you can use it, but warning you may have strange behavior caused by lack of encoding support on this version. You just been warned, it is your choice...
First of all, since most of Linux distributions comes with Ruby 1.8.7, you need to install the newer Ruby version. I strongly recommend to do this using Ruby Version Manager (RVM).
At this moment, and in near future, there is no gem install, so
cd in your prefered location and
git clone git://github.com/kfl62/MPD-DBus-Kopete.git, after this you may
cd MPD-DBus-Kopete && ln -s mpd2kopete ~/bin/mpd2kopete
You can also Download tar.gz or Download zip, if you don't want to bother with version control. In this case you just need to create a symbolic link somewhere in your PATH pointing to
By default, the runtime and log files will be placed in
~/.mpd2kopete, which for, before first run, you need to
mkdir ~/.mpd2kopete (to change defaults edit
That is all :)
I have no solution to start the daemon on login and stop it on logout. Posted a question on stackoverflow, so for actualised info access the link. Even better, notify me if you have one :).
Good to know: The shebang in
mpd2kopete executable looks like
#!/usr/bin/env ruby, so if the freshly installed/existing Ruby 1.9.2 is not your default, you need to
rvm use 1.9.2, before any attempt to start daemon!
- for start logging and setting the Kopete's status message =>
- for stop =>
mpd2kopete restartwell... as you guess :) will restart the daemon.
There is no
force-restart option, so if you forgotten to stop the daemon before logout, you need to manually remove the pid file
rm ~/.mpd2kopete/mpd2kopete.pid, before a new start.
The daemon's logs and mpd history are placed in two separate file. You may consult them
tail [-f] mpd2kopete_daemon.log or
tail [-f] mpd_history.log.
As I mentioned before the default options are set in
More info in API docs(check the Links bellow).
TODO description of features
TODO enumerate what will never do
TODO enumerate planned features
Kopete NowPaying MPD is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.