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Hackathon Gunther Daemon :: Opensource Multi-User Jukebox
C Python

Merge pull request #145 from Eeketh/master

Fix definition of RESET_GETOPT() for unknown systems
closes #145
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man Update man/hgd-proto.7
plugins bring python up to date
pydoc/txt regenerate pydoc
pylib bring python up to date
share/examples tidy/spelling
.gitignore start separating shared client funcs in client.[ch]
COPYING add COPYING file. Closes #35
DEVELOPERS expand -Wl,--as-needed section some more missing CONFIG_CFLAGS spotted by Nigel Taylor. Thanks
README update readme no verbose plz
cfg.c Merge branch '0.5.x' of into 0.5.x
cfg.h #135 no more unused variable and moved some replicated code to cfg.c
client.c fix a leak
client.h upload progress in nchgdc, pretty crappy, needs reworking
common.c fixes #129 . Opens pid file before deamonsing, so we can warn the user Do not check MPlayer presence at compile time. Closes #133
crypto.c * unbreak build without libconfig (again)
crypto.h clean up includes in new files
db.c purge old style unused variable markers
db.h clean an XXX
hgd-admin.c #135 no more unused variable and moved some replicated code to cfg.c
hgd-mk-pydoc.c define component names
hgd-netd.c fixes #129 . Opens pid file before deamonsing, so we can warn the user
hgd-playd.c Merge branch 'master' of
hgd.h Update hgd.h
hgdc.c line should not be printed if playlist is empty
mplayer.c check for MPlayer at runtime
mplayer.h check for MPlayer at runtime
nchgdc.c fix debug console, \r and \n turn up as ^
nchgdc.h fix some memory leaks. some remain. cant figure them out in this state
net.c ineffectual assignments found by clang static analyzer
net.h double line size, as i just queued a track which is too long for a 256
py.c fix a few more fd bugs and pieces
py.h add major/minor fields to python scripting backend
user.c unify permission printing across hgd-admin and hgdc. Also we deal wit…
user.h bye bye admin.{ch}. (waves o/ )


Hackathon Gunther Daemon

HGD is a music system suitable for hackathons, internet cafes, LAN
parties etc. Music is played on one set of speakers and clients queue up
media from their own machines over the network. Because we use MPlayer to play
media, you can send anything MPlayer understands, including video.

HGD was inspired by the LPD hack -- a music system used at OpenBSD
hackathons. We plan to implement similar functionality and extend it.

Current features

 * Network listener daemon.
 * Player daemon (uses mplayer).
 * Command line client with the ability queue and vote-off tracks.
 * Works on Linux and OpenBSD.


To build, you will need:

 * Linux or OpenBSD (possibly others, not tested)
 * Make (either GNU or BSD)
 * GCC or Clang
 * SQLite3 libs and headers (if building servers).
 * OpenSSL libs and headers.
 * LibBSD (linux only) libs and headers.
 * Mplayer (for the server)

And optionally:

 * LibConfig, if you want config file support.
 * TagLib, if you want media tag support in the server.
 * Python-{2.6,2.7}, if you want the scripting backend.

If you checked out from git, you will also need:
 * autoconf
 * automake (even though we don't use it)
 * libtool (even though we don't use it)

On ubuntu (and debian?) you can do something like:
sudo apt-get install libbsd0 libbsd-dev mplayer python2.7 python2.7-dev	\
	libtagc0 libtagc0-dev libconfig8 libconfig8-dev libsqlite3-0	\
	libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev libssl0.9.8 build-essential

and for git checkouts, additionally:
sudo apt-get install libtool automake


 1) If you checked out from git, first run:

 2) Configure the build:

    If you don't want to pollute /usr/local, pass a --prefix=/some/path

    Examine the output and install anything missing. Don't forget linux
    packages headers and libraries separately.

 3) Build and install:

    * Run 'make'
    * Run 'make install'


HGD will happily run out of it's build directory, so the 'make install' step is

On MacOS X, you may have to jump through hoops. Others have succeeded using
macports for libconfig and sqlite3 dependencies. You may need to set the
include path and library path to /opt/include and /opt/lib respectively (good

Quickstart for the Lazy

This is how to configure a HGD server an client:

If you upgraded from a previous version of HGD, i would recommend
removing your state directory and starting afresh, as the database
structure does change from time to time.

If you need a custom state path (ie. not /var/hgd), you can either pass -d to
all server components (make sure they are the same of course), or make a hgd.rc
config file (see the FILES sections in manual pages).

First create the sqlite3 database:

 % hgd-admin db-init

Now you should make user accounts:

 % hgd-admin user-add <username>

You will be asked to type a password twice. Do this for all users.

Then you can run the hgd daemons:

 % /absolute/path/to/hgd-netd
 % /absolute/path/to/hgd-playd

Check the daemons came up properly:

 % hgd-admin status

If either daemons did not come up, then examine the system's 'daemon'
log (usually /avr/log/daemon) and look for errors. For debugging, you
can run the daemons in the foreground -B and turn up debugging with -x
<level> (0-3).

Then you can queue tracks:

 % hgdc q <some media file>

Each command has a manual page for detailed usage instructions. Also,
each command has a '-h' option for quick help. 

If you do not want to show the video of media files, 'unset DISPLAY'
before running hgd-playd.

For information on SSL (TLSv1) crypto, see the manual page for

Please note that SSL support in HGD is only partially implemented at
this time. You may use it for encrypting traffic, but not for server


(Only functional changes are shown)

 * 0.1   - basic functionality.
 * 0.2   - SSL crypto support and user authentication.
 * 0.3   - Config file support.
 * 0.4   - Autoconf, taglib, Python scripting.
 * 0.4.1 - Properly daemonise, log to syslog, honor SIGHUP.
 * 0.5.0 - Database schema check.
	 - Add more tag support.
	 - Network protocol minor version.
	 - Skip+pause commands (remote and local).
	 - Client can queue more than a single track at a time.
	 - Overhaul build system so that you can build just the client
	   if that is all you need. 
	 - Ability to know if you have voted.
	 - Ability to know how many votes are needed to vote-off a track.
	 - PowerPC support.
 * 0.5.1 - Fixed build on systems that force --as-needed.
	 - Better error messages about lock files.
	 - Fixed bug where hud mode kept asking for password.
	 - Configure CC variable now honored.
 * 0.5.2 - Fix compile issue ubuntu.
 * 0.5.3 - Prevent hgd-admin and hgd-netd from linking Python.
	 - Warn about stale PID files prior to daemonising.
	 - Use daemon() to daemonise.
	 - Fix weird double HUP fd bugs.
	 - Check for MPlayer at runtime instead of compile time.
         - Make pause and skip work when hgd is using a non-standard
           state path.
         - Fix build for --as-needed (this has become default on some
           Linux distros.



Inevitable. Please report bugs on github:


We thank the following people:

 * Yhg1s on #python on freenode for code reviews on Python C API code.

Feedback / Questions

Go to #hgd on freenode. If you liked and use hgd, please buy us a beer.
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