Saturday, April 4, 2009

M3U Playlist Copy Script

A couple of months ago I picked up a Garmin Nuvi 760 on the cheap. As it turns out this great GPS unit can also play music quite well, especially for riding on the motorcycle. The only problem was there was no good way to get playlists on the device that I could find. Enter the following bash script. This script will read an m3u file, copy all associated mp3 files, and generate a new m3u file. Now all I have to do is specifiy m3u files that I exported from Mozilla Songbird and the path to the Garmin's SD card.

 #!/bin/bash  
 # April 4, 2009  
 # m3u_cp.sh  
 #  
 # Take an m3u file and copy all associated mp3 files  
 # to a destination directory and generate a new m3u.  
 #  
 # Used to copy m3u playlists from computer to Garmin.  
 if [ $# -lt 2 ]; then  
 echo "Usage: m3u_cp.sh some.m3u /dst"  
 exit 0  
 fi  
 # Read the m3u file into an array  
 declare -a M3U  
 exec 10<"$1"  
 let count=0  
 while read LINE <&10; do  
 M3U[$count]=$LINE  
 ((count++))  
 done  
 exec 10>&-  
 # Determine the m3u's filename  
 if [[ $1 =~ [^/]*m3u ]]; then  
 m3u_path="$2/$BASH_REMATCH"  
 fi  
 # If playlist arleady exists, delete it  
 if [ -f "$m3u_path" ]; then  
 rm -f "$m3u_path"  
 fi  
 # Loop through the m3u lines  
 i=0  
 while [ $i -lt ${#M3U[@]} ]; do  
 # The current line is a comment, do nothing with it  
 if [ ${M3U[$i]:0:1} = "#" ]; then  
 echo ${M3U[$i]} >> "$m3u_path"  
 #Current line is a path to an mp3 file  
 else  
 # Get the current songs filename  
 if [[ ${M3U[$i]} =~ [^/]*mp3 ]]; then  
 song=$BASH_REMATCH  
 mpath=$( echo ${M3U[$i]} | tr -d '\r' )  
 # if the song doesn't exist, copy it to the desitnation folder  
 if [ -f "$2/$song" ]; then  
 echo File Exists -- $song  
 else  
 echo Copying -- $song  
 cp "$mpath" "$2/$song"  
 fi  
 # Write the song in the m3u file  
 echo $song >> "$m3u_path"  
 else  
 echo "The regex for finding the song's filename is fraked up."  
 fi  
 fi  
 let i=i+1  
 done  
 exit 0  

In the middle of writing this I really started wondering why I used bash. Perl would've been a lot easier.

10 comments:

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  2. thank you for writing this, I needed a script that did exactly this!

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  3. Thanks mate, I was just about to write my own little script to do this, but yours works perfectly!

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  4. Thanks for posting this, just what I was looking for.
    All the best, Brownster

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  5. Thanks dude! This is just what i needed!!

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  6. Seems not work with file like song.MP3

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  7. You're correct. It looks like I need to edit the script to be case-insensitve. It should be a quick fix. I should have time to post it this weekend.

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