The Music Library Management blog

Dan Gravell

I'm Dan, the founder and programmer of bliss. I write bliss to solve my own problems with my digital music collection.

A bare-minimum-data file organisation scheme

As the writer of the Music Library Management blog I get a lot of emails asking for advice. A lot of these emails concern the best ways of organizing file and folder paths. Should I use genre in my file organisation? Should I use groupings (e.g. A-D) to lower the number of child folders?

When all is said and done, I find the best general advice is that, when it comes to music file organization, the bare minimum is the best way to go.

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Solving 'UnknownHostException' on Linux

Another tip for Ubuntu and Linux users this week. A few times I've had emails to the support inbox along these lines...

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Ubuntu, missing images and encrypted home folders

Do you use an encrypted home partition on Ubuntu or related Linux distributions? That might cause a problem with bliss. Here's how to work around it...

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What to do about a problem like Peter Gabriel?

Exceptions. There are always exceptions. It doesn't matter how consistent our music file paths are, whether we've de-duplicated all music files and ensured all our album art is the same size. It doesn't matter if we've enforced consistent case rules across all our music metadata, exceptions still arise.

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Moving settings to a different computer

A quick tip on how to move your bliss rule settings to a different computer...

As I add more and more rules to bliss, it becomes more and more desirable to keep a record of what your settings are, because recreating them becomes harder the more rules you have! If you purchase a new computer, rebuild a server, or even just install bliss for a different user on an existing computer the settings from your previous install will not be transferred.

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