Cannot sort static playlists

Bug #76449 reported by Matti Lindell on 2006-12-19
This bug affects 41 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
rhythmbox (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: rhythmbox

Architecture: i386
Version: 0.9.7-0ubuntu1

Static playlists cannot be sorted by a column. I think this used to work with earlier RB versions. Sorting by column works with "Smart playlists" though.

Matti Lindell (mlind) on 2006-12-19
description: updated
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug. That's known upstream:

Changed in rhythmbox:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Changed in rhythmbox:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

I see this was reported almost a year ago, and still seems to be affecting version 0.11.2. Is there anything I can do to help it along?

Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

I can confirm this still exists in Hardy Alpha 5, with Rhythmbox 0.11.4, which I assume will be the final version in Hardy. The bugzilla bug seems active and there have been a recent patch or two proposed so that is promising at least. I will try to work with them to see what can come of it, and push to get this resolved for Hardy+1.

Changed in rhythmbox:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
ScottD (scottd) wrote :

This is still a problem in 0.11.5. It is quite frustrating as I am trying very hard to get an alternative to iTunes, but there is nothing in the Linux world that does everything that iTunes does. Rhythmbox seems the closest but simple things like sorting and library file organising are sorely missing. Get those sorted and you have a Linux iTunes real alternative. Keep up the good work!!

Hew (hew) wrote :

The problem still exists in 0.11.6 as well. This bug has already been triaged and passed upstream, so no more confirmation of the issue is needed here. Extra info should be taken to the upstream bug. FYI, automatic playlists are able to be sorted; it's only static playlists that this issue applies to.

JY (nospam+launchpad-net) wrote :

I would like to add that I access my music collection via a DAAP server, and playlists loaded over DAAP are also not sortable under 0.11.5.

I will post this to upstream as well.

akhenaton (aky-home) wrote :

it's a shame a thing like this one requires YEARS to be done; it's still present in rhythmbox 0.11.6 / ubuntu 8.10 intrepid ibex
ubuntu should, probably, select another default music player [because this one, rhythmobx, doesn't even have an equalizer, or simple playlist sorting, or...]; even mp3blaster it's a smarter choice [my 0.02$ ]

Hi all.
I have fixed the problem (see fix in the attachment). Everyone who wants to get it now could get the package from my ppa:

Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

Thanks Sergey, I can confirm that your PPA fixes the issue! That is also a relatively simple fix compared to what I have seen proposed upstream. Have you put the patch on the upstream tracker to see if they are interested?

Thanks, Michael. I'll try to push this upsteam myself (I wonder this bug caused so much discussions).

I'd like to perform a quick poll there: "Should the play queue be sortable in the such way?"

My thoughts:
First off it is a "queue" so it is doesn't intend it's elements can be reordered. My patch obeys this logic for now.

But, if I'd make the clickable headers for it, this feature doesn't obstruct users who do not use it. If you want to use it - you can.

So, the current solution looks like a dumb restriction for me. Please, help me to decide which way is the best.

Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

I am indifferent Sergey. As it is a queue I think sorting it could be confusing, such as what happens to the currently playing song. If it moves to the middle, where will play resume? And would rhythmbox even behave gracefully in that case? Otherwise it is somewhat of an arbitrary restriction.

Edgardo Fredz (edgardo-fredz) wrote :

To me it's necessary, I usually add the music to the Play Queue from the Recently added list, where the albums ain't ordered according to the track number, so I just want to be able to reorganize the tracks in the play Queue. Adding this feature is pretty unobstrusive, so I can't see why should someone argue against.

Aaron (akb825) wrote :

I'd really like to see this bug fixed. Oftentimes if you drag songs into a playlist, it will end up getting out of order. (especially if you do a drag selection) If sorting were implemented, you could simply click the "track" column and be done with it, but instead you have to tediously drag each song into place. And since there's also a bug with dragging songs in long playlists ( it can get very difficult indeed... >_< This is a very basic functionality and should be implemented in any serious program that includes a list view. The fact that this has been an open bug for 2.5 years is very sad IMO.

silvertuna (silvertuna) wrote :

Sergey, is there a fix for Jaunty?

#8 Sergey Rudchenko wrote on 2009-01-02:
Hi all.
I have fixed the problem (see fix in the attachment). Everyone who wants to get it now could get the package from my ppa:

hmm, looks like I just need to merge that package into Jaunty and re-upload it

zourtney (techmail) wrote :

I deal with a very large playlist at work (3000+). I like rearranging the order of upcoming songs, but the list's scroll position jumps when you start to drag.

Has this been changed to work with Jaunty? (I have not tried the above fix yet). I ditched using the program for a while because of this maddening bug. However, this seems to be the best Linux-based played, so please, please fix this. It's a deal-breaker bug to me.

Running Ubuntu 9.04, Rhythmbox 0.12.0

Hew (hew) wrote :

zourtney, I think you're experiencing bug 364168, which has been fixed in Karmic.

amdlin (amdlintuxos) wrote :

rhythmbox 12.3.1, 12.5.1
Not possible to sort static playlist by title/album/artist.
This bug have attached me as well.
Looking forward to see fix in near future.

jimav (james-avera) wrote :

This was supposedly fixed last January according to a post by "Fix.debdiff".
But the fix is not present in Karmic as of November 2009.
What happened?

P.S. Its almost 3 years now since this was reported...

zwaardmeester (zwaardmeester) wrote :

Bump :)

it's not fixed yet in 12.6!!

Nigel Babu (nigelbabu) wrote :

This bug needs to be fixed upstream before it can be fixed in Ubuntu. Please add your comments to the upstream bug tracker.

MarkJ (marker) wrote :

This bug is really irritating, especially for large playlists.

rubengs (rgarcia-cucea) wrote :

This is a bug that need to be solved, sorting of large playlists is basic feature, this is the only thing avoiding rhythmbox to become the best player in linux.

Nigel Babu (nigelbabu) on 2010-06-13
tags: added: patch-forwarded-upstream
Changed in rhythmbox:
importance: Unknown → Medium
Celsius1414 (celsius1414) wrote :

This bug still in evidence in Maverick, Rhythmbox version 0.13.1.

bitu-derr (biturica) wrote :

Still dealing with this bug in Lucid using a PPA
version 0.13.1

I personally would rather see Rhythmbox development take precedence over Gnome Shell development; I won't be using Gnome Shell, but I would use Rhythmbox enhancements (e.g., offloading podcast functionality to a plugin, since I use Gpodder).

AbdRahim (abdrahim-) wrote :

Still present in Oneiric Rhythmbox 2.90.1

AbdRahim (abdrahim-) wrote :

This should be high priority. Had to switch to Banshee. Need to sort in order to find songs quickly for study.

anthropornis (anthropornis) wrote :

I finally gave up on Rhythmbox and I am sticking with Guayadeque. You can sort static playlists AND you can export/import radio station lists, and it doesn't crash on me like Banshee always has. I recommend the PPA version instead of the default repository version, as Guayadeque is *gasp* actively developed. And you don't have to add plugins to record streams or search the Shoutcast directory; it seems like these items were baked in from the start.

I've also tried Audacious, Clementine, Amarok and Exaile, but I keep coming back to Guayadeque for its combination of features and stability. I am done app-hopping now.

Rhythmbox is a dead end.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Low
assignee: nobody → RaduStoica (radumstoica)
milestone: none → raring-round-1
RaduStoica (radumstoica) on 2012-11-08
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
assignee: RaduStoica (radumstoica) → nobody
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: raring-rhythmbox → papercuts-s-rhythmbox
Bib (bybeu) on 2015-04-03
tags: added: trusty
Changed in rhythmbox:
status: Confirmed → Expired
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