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Re: ipod

Todd Zullinger wrote:
Alex White wrote:
gtkpod and libgpod in order to get my ipod classic working. The
firewireID message you're getting can be resolved in the following
manner. ipod-read-sysinfo-extended did not work for me. I'm not
exactly sure why.

Did it give you any particular errors?  I'd like to see any bugs in
the libgpod code fixed so that things "Just Work(tm)" for users of
newer ipods.

If anyone else has problems with the libgpod update that's now in F7
and F8, please report them (preferably in bugzilla, as sometimes I
miss things on the list :).

Ideally, there would be a more automatic way of handling it, but I
do not own a Nano, so I can't speak for its functionality.  Please
note that path names will be different for you. These are just

There is a hal callout in the libgpod update that is supposed to take
care of this automagically.  I have talked to several users with new
classics and nano videos that is has worked well for.  Any cases where
it fails are bugs that can likely be addressed if we get good
information on why things are failing.

There are many posts in Ubuntu forums and others concerning newer
ipodx devices. If you are able to make the leap from Ubuntu
pacakage/tarball installing to rpm based installing, you should not
have a problem. I created my own libgpod rpms for example.

There's no reason at all to move to Ubuntu over things like this.
There are no official packages for Ubuntu, while there are for Fedora.
And, AFAIK from talking with some Ubuntu packagers/developers, there
will not be any official libgpod updates in the current Ubuntu

There is also much useless info in the ubuntu forums regarding ipods,
so please be careful if/when reading the advice there. :)

The newer nano videos will work properly. I just resolved this issue myself not long ago for an 8GB nano video(green). Make sure this comman has been run :
If you look in the IPOD you should see /media/IPOD/iPod_Control/Device/SysInfo-Extended. The key here is the SysInfo-Extended, if this file is not present then

ipod-read-sysinfo-extended has not been run correctly. Please note that SysInfo is not the same as SysInfo-Extended.

This was the key for me but the first couple of times i screwed up the syntax. This is supposed to happen automatically but it didn't for me , once run though it has been working well. Make sure you have libgpod-0.60 and gtkpod 0.99.12. Amarok should be 1.48, i think, for it to work. These newer versions of the file just became available not too long ago. Post the output of mount(with the IPOD plugged in of course) if you cannot get it working. Once you know the syntax it is very simple. On occasion i have noticed that the IPOD does not correctly report the number of songs in the database. Everything is there though and plays. This error is only in the root directory of the IPOD, all other sub-menus report song count accurately.


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