Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

#1424 new defect

MPlayer's -shuffle option does not shuffle the playlist

Reported by: mplayer.bugzilla@… Owned by: reimar
Priority: normal Component: core
Version: unspecified Severity: minor
Keywords: Cc: hhaamu@…
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When MPlayer is calledd with the -shuffle option, the expected result is to have the current playlist shuffled, as is done in all other apps I have used with a shuffle feature. Instead of shuffling the playlist, MPlayer seems to pick a random item from a pool of songs, dropping it out of this pool as it finishes. The result is that when a group of files are played with -shuffle, both the bindings for < and > (previous and next playlist items) behave identically -- removing the current song from the playlist and moving to the next.


When MPlayer is passed the -shuffle option, the list of files should be shuffled (the files being reordered in a random way), then loaded as a normal playlist.

It would also be nice to have a -random option, which would pick a random file from the playlist each time a file finishes or > is used. < could be disabled when using -random, or else MPlayer could keep track of the last N songs played, thereby allowing < to be used. A -random option could be used in instances where you would like to simply keep playing randomly from a set of videos (something on display), or randomly listening to a set of songs over and over.

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mplayer-shuffle.diff (4.2 KB) - added by hhaamu@… 8 years ago.
Shuffle playtree with Fisher-Yates when entering the branch

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Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by mplayer.bugzilla@…

One follow-up about -random:

It isn't the same as -shuffle -loop (if that works, I haven't tried), because that would never be able to play the same file repeatedly, needing to go through the entire playlist before a file is available again. With -random, the same file could be picked immediately after it has finished playing.

Changed 8 years ago by hhaamu@…

Shuffle playtree with Fisher-Yates when entering the branch

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by hhaamu@…

A few open questions, though:

  • As I understand it, once a randomised playtree branch is exited, the previous code re-shuffles it. Should I try to preserve that behaviour?
  • There are a couple of constants in playtree.h that are now no longer used. Should I remove them? (Probably mutually exclusive with the previous question.)

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by hhaamu@…

  • Cc hhaamu@… added
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