WHY does rhythm box keep on mangling sort order of a library?

Bug #1087017 reported by Bob Filipiak on 2012-12-05
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rhythmbox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have RB 2.98 on my 32 bit Precise install (fresh install from CD). After painstakingly correcting the ARTIST sort order for a decent number of entries in the library, rhythmbox decides to throw that corrected sort order OUT!

It will be "correct", until I quit rhythmbox. Once I re-open rhythmbox, it goes back to what it was before. All of that time WASTED.

For example, Alicia Keys should be sorted as 'Keys, Alicia', putting her in with all of the other "K's"; but, for some tracks, rhythmbox insists that the sort order MUST be Alicia Keys, not Keys, Alicia. So what gives????

I do not believe that it is a case of permissions, as I have rw permissions on all files.

They type of file (flac or mp3) does not affect this, as it occurs to BOTH. BTW, I just checked one of the "corrected' entries. Where "Keys, Alicia" was supposed to be, it was BLANK!

Does this have something to do with the ID3 tags????

Or, is it some consequence of rhythmbox "watching" my library for changes??

Bob Filipiak (bfilipiak) wrote :

This sentence needs to be corrected:

"Where "Keys, Alicia" was supposed to be, it was BLANK!"

to read as:

Where "Keys, Alicia" was supposed to be set as the artist sort order, that field was BLANK!

(Sorry, I failed to completely proofread the post.)

Bob Filipiak (bfilipiak) wrote :

Hmmm, After checking "Answers" for 'sort order, I came across this:


It never got answered.

Bob Filipiak (bfilipiak) wrote :

I have installed a 'tag editor' (Ex Falso, from the repositories) and MANUALLY edited the tags that were creating the problems.

With Rhythmbox open on one monitor, and Ex Falso on the other, I could watch the entries ""fix"" themselves as I saved the edits in Ex Falso, At least I was getting somewhere!

One thing I noticed was the few .wav files in the library, there are only TWO tags available (title and artist), so those can not be fixed where the sort order is not exactly the artist's name. (I guess we have to live with the ""limitations"" of the MS 'anointed' format.)

What this tells me is simply this - do not use rhythmbox's built in capabilities to edit tags, edit them separately.

As, a test, I renamed the db file (~/.local/share/rhythmbox.db), after QUITTING rhythmbox, and re-opened rhythmbox. It was nice to finally watch the library get recreated, and sorted correctly, except, for those .wav files. (I think I will rip them to .flacs)

I am not sure if this will ever get fixed, at least, I can offer my experience for anyone who encounters this in the future.

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Changed in rhythmbox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for rhythmbox (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in rhythmbox (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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