Podbird reignited



  • @TartanSpartan
    Not saying it's not a problem external to the application - could well be

    But when the app exits the Queue table in the app's SQLite database is cleared - everything is deleted from that table

    Data in other tables - like the Podcast one that holds the subscriptions persist so it would certainly seem like clearing out the queue on app exit is a deliberate action that's triggered somewhere



  • @arubislander And there's also no way to get back to the "now playing" screen after the app is restated without starting to play a file - which in itself would wipe the previous queue

    Would it be possible to add a "Now Playing" entry to the hamburger menu so that one can get back to where they were

    Like you say, stopping the queue from being wiped out is only half the problem



  • I have uploaded my fork to gitlab as a private repo. If the original devs end up being cool with it, I'll mark it public and post a link.



  • @geekvine yes please, happy to test
    I must admit this podcast business has me on the verge of going back to Android

    Playback stopped randomly for me this morning in the middle of a podcast. Wouldn't play anything. So then I have to reboot & I've lost my queue and my position.. again

    It probably wasn't podbird's fault that the sound system stopped & I really don't mind the occasional need to reboot, but loosing where I am continually is exasperating



  • @theare27 There are two separate issues here:

    1. The queue gets cleared when the app is closed
    2. The position in the currently playing podcast is not preserved when the app is exited.

    #1 is easily solved.
    #2 needs more investigation.



  • Hello guys, I recently implemented importing podcast with OPML file (I was migrating from android so needed that feature πŸ˜ƒ ). It was only one day effort, but I am willing to help more. Here are some issues for the next milestone. Main issue for me is still this, it can be really anoying.



  • I have a workaround!

    I'm so thrilled

    It's hacky as hell but it works
    In the Music App I've created a "Podcasts" playlist

    I have a bash script that:

    Rsync's the downloaded podcasts that sit in
    /home/phablet/.local/share/com.mikeasoft.podbird/podcasts/
    to a "Podcasts" folder in
    /home/phablet/Music/

    This is set to delete in the destination any file that's removed from the origin

    An sql script executed that reads the Podbird sqlite database to get the list of current downloaded files and their titles and pull it into a current_files table in a staging sqlite db

    current_files only contains what's currently been downloaded by Podbird
    Alongside that I have an all_files table

    If a filename in current_files isn't in all_files, it is copied into all_files

    all_files will eventually contain filename of all the files that have ever been seen. It also has a previously_inserted flag that defaults to 0 when a record is created

    The script then inserts into the Music app db's track table adding every thing in current_files, but cross referencing with all_files so that it only inserts what hasn't been previously_inserted

    Once written to Music app's track table the previously_inserted flag in all_files is updated to 1

    It also deletes from the track table any entries that aren't in the staging db's current_files, so that entries aren't orphaned when Podbird auto deletes an old file

    So all in all

    • Use Podbird to manage downloads / auto-downloads/ auto-removal of Podcasts files
    • Podcast files are synced to ~/Music/Podcasts/
    • The "Podcasts" playlist in the Music App is updated with current podcasts where they haven't been added before
    • I can re-arrange the playlist in the Music App whichever way I want it
    • I can remove things from the Music App playlist that I've listened to or I don't want to listen to
    • The script runs every 5 minutes on a cron so anything new Podbird downloads will auto populate into the playlist in the Music App within 5 minutes

    I might still have to find where I was if I quit the Music app or have to reboot, and I'll have to manage the playlist in the Music App, but that's all doable

    Hacky as hell like I said, but I think I can make it work for me like this

    I'd need to polish it up a bit if I was going to share what I've come up with but I'd be happy to do that if it's of any use to anyone else



  • @theare27 +1 πŸ˜ƒ hell of a hack...

    the next stage should be to take all the sql queries and logic (file copying, conditions, ...) and make it work inside Podbird (qml should be able to handle all these), so there is no need to use cron & shell scripts. πŸ˜‰ Qml is easy, if you are on the level of writing shell scripts & sql queries.



  • @jezek Can these app interact with stuff outside their own directories though?
    Initially I didn't have the Rsync part, I just created a soft link between com.mikeasoft.podbird/podcasts/ and the Music folder, but the Music app couldn't read those files at all, it just dropped the entries from the track table

    Whether it was because it couldn't follow a soft link or because the soft link went to another app's scope I'm not sure

    I'm not sure what sort of containment UT touch apps have & how they can interact with each other on that kind of level

    I'm sure there's big scope to improve on it



  • @theare27 Ah, now I understand. I read everything again few times and now I see my mistake. You are talking about 2 apps. Podbird and Music app. I thought you were doing the hack only for Podbird. My fault, sorry.

    Can these app interact with stuff outside their own directories though?

    I think, you can specify some special directories (Downloads, Music) in clickable apparmor config. For example see, how Music App defines permissions.
    Interactions between apps should be handled via Content Hub.

    Initially I didn't have the Rsync part, I just created a soft link between com.mikeasoft.podbird/podcasts/ and the Music folder, but the Music app couldn't read those files at all, it just dropped the entries from the track table

    If symlink for directory fails, mount --bind can sometime save the days. πŸ˜ƒ But in this case expanding Podbird's access privileges should do the trick, I think.



  • @jezek Yeah, sorry if I wasn't clear - yes I'm talking about two apps

    Levereging Podbird for what it does well: managing podcast subscriptions, file downloads & removal,but then handing the task of playback over to the Music app because that does a good job of playlist management & playback

    And what I've come up with is a little integration script that just manages the hand off between the two, so that the stuff that Podbird downloads gets automatically pushed into a playlist in the Music app

    Early days still, but so far it seems to be working alright. New episode downloaded by Podbird this morning & it pops into the Podcast playlist within a couple of minutes

    Of course it'd be nice if Podbird could do it all, but with this setup I can manage & I'm a step closer in terms of making UT work for me as my primary daily driver



  • @danqo6 is there a tutorial on setting up then environment for combiling Podbrid, building .click packages etc that you're aware of?

    Wouldn't mind having a go at experimenting with hacking on the code & building my own development version



  • @theare27 said in Podbird reignited:

    @danqo6 is there a tutorial on setting up then environment for combiling Podbrid, building .click packages etc that you're aware of?

    Using clickable for UT app development was the right way for me. There are many topics about app development in this forum.



  • Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't there been upstream changes to Podbird that aren't yet in the binary build on OpenStore? Maybe someone should build upstream and push it to upstream?





  • @theare27 surely it might be simpler use content-hub and set the Music app as an external player, i'll have to look into it. i know sailfish os has this option.



  • @geekvine I know what I've done isn't ideal in any way - but it's let me work around things for now
    The ideal would be for Podbird to be able to remember the queue, it's position within the episode and be able to resume playback on restart

    Using Music App as a player is not without it's drawbacks, if I play any actual music now I lose my position in the podcast episode so my setup isn't ideal by far - it's just a bit more livable than where I was before

    I don't think I have the skill to hack on Podbird, not in terms of the code itself but in building & debugging and knowing how it interacts with the OS, but if I could here would be my to-do list

    1. Add a link to the "Now Playing" screen to the hamburger menu so that one can navigate back to that screen with ease
    2. Either remove the code that clears the queue on exit, or, add a "Remember Queue on Exit" config flag and make that code conditional on that flag
    3. Make sure that Podbird is now capable of remembering both the Queue and the position within the episode between sessions
    4. Currently, when a new episode is tapped it wipes the Queue - add a dialog here to ask "Replace current queue and play this episode" or "Append episode to current queue and play"

    Those changes put together I believe would eliminate my issues and then there wouldn't be a need to involve the Music App at all



  • @theare27
    Those are some.fine requests. If implemented, some would improve Podbird or a range of users.

    @theare27 said in Podbird reignited:

    1. Currently, when a new episode is tapped it wipes the Queue - add a dialog here to ask "Replace current queue and play this episode" or "Append episode to current queue and play"

    This one though, I think a dialogue at every tap would quickly become annoying.
    The Kodi Media player has a settings option where the user can set the default action to selecting audio as either being: play (which would be what Podbird does now) or add to queue (which is the proposed functionality).
    Something similar could be added to Podbird. I feel that the trailing action, when you wipe to the left on an episode would then also need to change, based in the default. So when default is play, then the action should be queue as it is now. And when the default is add to queue, then the action should be play.



  • @arubislander that'd be fine too



  • @theare27 all trivial and fixed on a personal build. Currently looking at the track position problem.


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