Some audio files break at seemingly random

CambionnCambionn Member
edited December 2020 in Bugs

So every now and then, there is an audio file that Astiga did synchronise correctly, but refuses to play. Sometimes after resyncs this fixes/changes itself. Currently, Itzy's Ting Ting Ting and Bruce Springsteen's This Hard Land give this error. They show up and can be added to the playlist, but it refuses to play and instead Astiga just stops at the song until selecting another one that does work.

I always rip audio per CD yes it are single files that break, and the files play well everywhere else, so I doubt the files itself are the issue.

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  • Didn't even resync and while the files wouldn't play yesterday no matter what, now it suddenly works today. But this happens every now and then and I'm not sure why.

  • KoenKoen Administrator

    So syncing does not affect the ability to play - syncing populates the library, so that your albums, artists, etc. show up. But you can play your audio files without syncing just as well using the file browser; they will always be retrieved from your storage.

    What probably happens is that Astiga has trouble getting the file from your storage (e.g. OneDrive) for some reason, and then skips to the next. Why that happens, is what I am looking into now.

  • CambionnCambionn Member
    edited December 2020

    I also noticed that lately, Astiga often doesn't tell me it adds stuff to the library. Like, it stays a long time stuck on get [the last folder], then says end. However, when checking items are synchronised.

    Also, sometimes, it seems like new items aren't recognised until between half an hour and an hour after they are added to the drive. For example today, I got 4 CDs in tonight so I added them to the drive, but only the first 3 CDs where added. And a few days ago, I added some Christmas songs, but it didn't want to add them until much later the evening.

    This both weren't issues before, but started a few days ago.

    Considering all my files are on Onedrive, I'm just as willing to believe Microsoft changed something rather than it being Astiga, but it seems worth mentioning, because now I end up resyncing many times in hopes it finally picks up, which is a bit a bother.

  • KoenKoen Administrator
    edited December 2020

    It is true that your folder content is cached for up to an hour, so it might not appear directly. The reason is that the way Astiga treats folders and the way OneDrive treats folders are not the same, and with caching it is significantly faster. (Astiga is stateless and based on a path, whereas OneDrive is stateful and based on a tree; one can be turned into the other, but that is not necessarily efficient)

    There is no indication that a folder is cached at the moment, but you will notice it in the time it takes to get that folder's content (namely milliseconds instead of seconds).

    So if you added your files within an hour of syncing, then they may not show up.

  • I see. Thank you for the explanation. I was really getting frustrated trying to resync in the most forced ways I could think of, even sometimes deleting the entire drive and resync just to try to get around it, not knowing why it wasn't synchronising. Good to know I just need to be a little more patient. The syncing has improved a lot in speed compared to when I started to use Astiga.

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