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       beetsconfig - beets configuration file

       Beets  has  an  extensive  configuration system that lets you customize
       nearly every aspect of its operation. To configure beets, you'll edit a
       file called config.yaml. The location of this file depends on your OS:

       · On     Unix-like     OSes     (including     OS    X),    you    want

       · On Windows, use %APPDATA%\beets\config.yaml. This  is  usually  in  a
         directory like C:\Users\You\AppData\Roaming.

       · On     OS    X,    you    can    also    use    ~/Library/Application
         Support/beets/config.yaml if  you  prefer  that  over  the  Unix-like

       · If  you  prefer  a  different  location, set the BEETSDIR environment
         variable to a path; beets will then look for a  config.yaml  in  that

       The  config  file uses YAML syntax. You can use the full power of YAML,
       but most configuration options are simple key/value pairs.  This  means
       your config file will look like this:

          option: value
          another_option: foo
              key: value
              foo: bar

       In  YAML, you will need to use spaces (not tabs!) to indent some lines.
       If you have questions about more sophisticated syntax, take a  look  at
       the YAML documentation.


       These options control beets' global operation.

       Path  to  the  beets  library  file.  By default, beets will use a file
       called library.db alongside your configuration file.

       The directory to which files will be copied/moved when adding  them  to
       the library. Defaults to a folder called Music in your home directory.

       A  space-separated  list  of plugin module names to load. For instance,
       beets includes the BPD plugin for playing music.

       Directories to search for plugins.   These  paths  are  just  added  to
       sys.path  before  the plugins are loaded. (The plugins still have to be
       contained in a beetsplug namespace  package.)  This  can  either  be  a
       single  string  or  a list of strings---so, if you have multiple paths,
       format them as a YAML list like so:

              - /path/one
              - /path/two

       A list of glob patterns specifying  file  and  directory  names  to  be
       ignored  when  importing.  By  default,  this  consists of .*,  *~, and
       System Volume Information (i.e., beets ignores Unix-style hidden files,
       backup  files, and a directory that appears at the root of some Windows

       A set of regular expression/replacement pairs  to  be  applied  to  all
       filenames  created  by beets. Typically, these replacements are used to
       avoid confusing problems or errors with the  filesystem  (for  example,
       leading  dots, which hide files on Unix, and trailing whitespace, which
       is illegal on Windows). To  override  these  substitutions,  specify  a
       mapping  from  regular  expression to replacement strings. For example,
       [xy]: z will make beets replace all instances of the characters x or  y
       with the character z.

       If  you  do  change  this  value,  be certain that you include at least
       enough substitutions to avoid causing errors on your operating  system.
       Here  are the default substitutions used by beets, which are sufficient
       to avoid unexpected behavior on all popular platforms:

              '[\/]': _
              '^\.': _
              '[-]': _
              '[<>:"\?\*\|]': _
              '\.$': _
              '\s+$': ''

       These substitutions remove forward and back slashes, leading dots,  and
       control  characters—all  of  which is a good idea on any OS. The fourth
       line removes the Windows "reserved characters" (useful even on Unix for
       for  compatibility  with  Windows-influenced  network  filesystems like
       Samba).   Trailing  dots  and  trailing  whitespace,  which  can  cause
       problems on Windows clients, are also removed.

       When  importing  album  art,  the  name of the file (without extension)
       where the cover art image should be placed. This is a template  string,
       so  you  can  use any of the syntax available to /reference/pathformat.
       Defaults to cover (i.e., images will be named  cover.jpg  or  cover.png
       and placed in the album's directory).

       Either yes or no, indicating whether the autotagger should use multiple
       threads. This makes things faster but may behave  strangely.   Defaults
       to yes.

       Either  yes  or  no;  whether to use color in console output (currently
       only in the import command). Turn this off  if  your  terminal  doesn't
       support ANSI colors.

       Format  to  use when listing individual items with the list-cmd command
       and other commands that need to print out items. Defaults to $artist  -
       $album - $title. The -f command-line option overrides this setting.

       Format  to  use  when  listing albums with list-cmd and other commands.
       Defaults to $albumartist - $album. The -f command-line option overrides
       this setting.

       Either  yes  or no, indicating whether matched albums should have their
       year, month, and day fields set to the release  date  of  the  original
       version  of  an  album rather than the selected version of the release.
       That is, if this option is turned  on,  then  year  will  always  equal
       original_year and so on. Default: no.

       A boolean controlling the track numbering style on multi-disc releases.
       By default (per_disc_numbering: no), tracks are  numbered  per-release,
       so  the  first track on the second disc has track number N+1 where N is
       the number of tracks on the first disc. If this  per_disc_numbering  is
       enabled, then the first track on each disc always has track number 1.

       If  you  enable per_disc_numbering, you will likely want to change your
       Path Format Configuration also to include $disc before $track  to  make
       filenames  sort  correctly in album directories. For example, you might
       want to use a path format like this:

              default: $albumartist/$album%aunique{}/$disc-$track $title

       The text encoding, as known to Python, to use for messages  printed  to
       the  standard output. By default, this is determined automatically from
       the locale environment variables.

       When beets imports all the files in a directory, it tries to remove the
       directory  if  it's  empty.  A directory is considered empty if it only
       contains files whose names match the glob patterns  in  clutter,  which
       should  be  a list of strings. The default list consists of "Thumbs.DB"
       and ".DS_Store".

       Set the maximum number of characters in a filename, after  which  names
       will  be  truncated.  By default, beets tries to ask the filesystem for
       the correct maximum.

       By default, beets writes MP3  tags  using  the  ID3v2.4  standard,  the
       latest  version  of  ID3.  Enable  this option to instead use the older
       ID3v2.3 standard, which is preferred by certain older software such  as
       Windows Media Player.


       The  options that control the import-cmd command are indented under the
       import:  key.  For  example,  you  might  have  a   section   in   your
       configuration file that looks like this:

              write: yes
              copy: yes
              resume: no

       These options are available in this section:

       Either  yes  or  no,  controlling whether metadata (e.g., ID3) tags are
       written to files when using beet import. Defaults to yes. The -w and -W
       command-line options override this setting.

       Either  yes  or  no,  indicating whether to copy files into the library
       directory when using beet import. Defaults to yes.  Can  be  overridden
       with the -c and -C command-line options.

       The  option is ignored if move is enabled (i.e., beets can move or copy
       files but it doesn't make sense to do both).

       Either yes or no, indicating whether to move  files  into  the  library
       directory when using beet import.  Defaults to no.

       The  effect  is similar to the copy option but you end up with only one
       copy of the imported file. ("Moving" works even across filesystems;  if
       necessary,  beets  will  copy  and  then delete when a simple rename is
       impossible.) Moving files can be risky—it's  a  good  idea  to  keep  a
       backup in case beets doesn't do what you expect with your files.

       This  option  overrides  copy, so enabling it will always move (and not
       copy) files. The -c switch to the beet import command,  however,  still
       takes precedence.

       Either  yes, no, or ask. Controls whether interrupted imports should be
       resumed. "Yes" means that imports are  always  resumed  when  possible;
       "no"  means  resuming  is  disabled entirely; "ask" (the default) means
       that the user should be prompted when resuming is possible. The -p  and
       -P  flags  correspond  to the "yes" and "no" settings and override this

       Either yes or no, controlling whether imported directories are recorded
       and  whether  these recorded directories are skipped.  This corresponds
       to the -i flag to beet import.

       Either skip (default) or asis, specifying what should happen  in  quiet
       mode  (see  the  -q  flag  to  import,  above)  when there is no strong

       Either ask (default), asis or skip. Specifies what should happen during
       an  interactive  import session when there is no recommendation. Useful
       when  you  are  only  interested  in  processing  medium   and   strong
       recommendations interactively.

       Either  yes or no, controlling whether the importer runs in timid mode,
       in which it asks for confirmation on every autotagging match, even  the
       ones  that  seem  very  close. Defaults to no. The -t command-line flag
       controls the same setting.

       Specifies a filename where the  importer's  log  should  be  kept.   By
       default,  no log is written. This can be overridden with the -l flag to

       One of apply, skip, asis, or none, indicating which  option  should  be
       the  default  when  selecting  an action for a given match. This is the
       action that will be taken  when  you  type  return  without  an  option
       letter. The default is apply.

       A  list  of  locale names to search for preferred aliases. For example,
       setting this to "en" uses the transliterated artist name "Pyotr  Ilyich
       Tchaikovsky"  instead  of  the  Cyrillic script for the composer's name
       when tagging from MusicBrainz. Defaults to an empty list, meaning  that
       no language is preferred.

       Whether  the  importer  UI  should show detailed information about each
       match it finds. When enabled, this mode prints out the title  of  every
       track,  regardless  of  whether  it matches the original metadata. (The
       default behavior only shows changes.) Default: no.


       If you run your own MusicBrainz server, you can instruct beets  to  use
       it instead of the main server. Use the host and ratelimit options under
       a musicbrainz: header, like so:

              host: localhost:5000
              ratelimit: 100

       The host key, of course, controls the Web server  hostname  (and  port,
       optionally) that will be contacted by beets (default:
       The ratelimit option, an integer, controls the number  of  Web  service
       requests  per second (default: 1). Do not change the rate limit setting
       if you're using the main MusicBrainz server---on  this  public  server,
       you're limited to one request per second.


       You   can   configure  some  aspects  of  the  logic  beets  uses  when
       automatically matching MusicBrainz results under the match: section. To
       control  how  tolerant  the  autotagger  is  of  differences,  use  the
       strong_rec_thresh option, which reflects the distance  threshold  below
       which  beets  will  make a "strong recommendation" that the metadata be
       used. Strong recommendations  are  accepted  automatically  (except  in
       "timid"  mode), so you can use this to make beets ask your opinion more
       or less often.

       The threshold is a distance value between 0.0 and 1.0, so you can think
       of  it  as the opposite of a similarity value. For example, if you want
       to automatically accept any matches above 90% similarity, use:

              strong_rec_thresh: 0.10

       The default strong recommendation threshold is 0.04.

       The medium_rec_thresh and rec_gap_thresh options work similarly. When a
       match  is  above  the  medium  recommendation threshold or the distance
       between it and the next-best match is  above  the  gap  threshold,  the
       importer  will  suggest  that  match  but not automatically confirm it.
       Otherwise, you'll see a list of options to choose from.

       As  mentioned  above,  autotagger  matches  have  recommendations  that
       control  how  the  UI  behaves  for  a  certain  quality  of match. The
       recommendation for a certain match is based  on  the  overall  distance
       calculation.  But  you  can  also  control  the  recommendation  when a
       specific   distance   penalty   is   applied   by   defining    maximum
       recommendations for each field:

       To  define  maxima,  use  keys under max_rec: in the match section. The
       defaults are "medium" for missing and  unmatched  tracks  and  "strong"
       (i.e., no maximum) for everything else:

                  missing_tracks: medium
                  unmatched_tracks: medium

       If  a  recommendation  is  higher  than  the configured maximum and the
       indicated penalty is applied, the  recommendation  is  downgraded.  The
       setting  for each field can be one of none, low, medium or strong. When
       the maximum recommendation is  strong,  no  "downgrading"  occurs.  The
       available penalty names here are:

       · source

       · artist

       · album

       · media

       · mediums

       · year

       · country

       · label

       · catalognum

       · albumdisambig

       · album_id

       · tracks

       · missing_tracks

       · unmatched_tracks

       · track_title

       · track_artist

       · track_index

       · track_length

       · track_id

       In  addition  to  comparing the tagged metadata with the match metadata
       for similarity, you can also  specify  an  ordered  list  of  preferred
       countries and media types.

       A  distance  penalty  will be applied if the country or media type from
       the match metadata doesn't match. The specified values are preferred in
       descending  order  (i.e.,  the first item will be most preferred). Each
       item  may  be  a  regular  expression,  and  will   be   matched   case
       insensitively.  The  number  of  media  will  be stripped when matching
       preferred media (e.g. "2x" in "2xCD").

       You can also tell the autotagger to prefer matches that have a  release
       year closest to the original year for an album.

       Here's an example:

                  countries: ['US', 'GB|UK']
                  media: ['CD', 'Digital Media|File']
                  original_year: yes

       By default, none of these options are enabled.

       You can completely avoid matches that have certain penalties applied by
       adding the penalty name to the ignored setting:

              ignored: missing_tracks unmatched_tracks

       The available penalties are the same as those for the max_rec setting.


       You can also configure the directory  hierarchy  beets  uses  to  store
       music.   These  settings  appear under the paths: key. Each string is a
       template string that can refer  to  metadata  fields  like  $artist  or
       $title.  The  filename extension is added automatically. At the moment,
       you can specify three special paths: default for  most  releases,  comp
       for  "various  artist"  releases with no dominant artist, and singleton
       for non-album tracks. The defaults look like this:

              default: $albumartist/$album%aunique{}/$track $title
              singleton: Non-Album/$artist/$title
              comp: Compilations/$album%aunique{}/$track $title

       Note the use of $albumartist  instead  of  $artist;  this  ensure  that
       albums will be well-organized. For more about these format strings, see
       pathformat.  The  aunique{}  function  ensures  that  identically-named
       albums are placed in different directories; see aunique for details.

       In  addition  to  default,  comp, and singleton, you can condition path
       queries based on beets queries (see /reference/query). This means  that
       a config file like this:

              albumtype:soundtrack: Soundtracks/$album/$track $title

       will  place  soundtrack albums in a separate directory. The queries are
       tested in the order they appear in the configuration file, meaning that
       if an item matches multiple queries, beets will use the path format for
       the first matching query.

       Note that the special singleton and comp path format conditions are, in
       fact,  just  shorthand  for  the  explicit  queries  singleton:true and
       comp:true. In contrast, default is special and has no query equivalent:
       the default format is only used if no queries match.


       Here's an example file:

          library: /var/music.blb
          directory: /var/mp3
          path_format: $genre/$artist/$album/$track $title
              copy: yes
              write: yes
              resume: ask
              quiet_fallback: skip
              timid: no
              log: beetslog.txt
          ignore: .AppleDouble ._* *~ .DS_Store
          art_filename: albumart
          plugins: bpd
          pluginpath: ~/beets/myplugins
          threaded: yes
          color: yes

              default: $genre/$albumartist/$album/$track $title
              singleton: Singletons/$artist - $title
              comp: $genre/$album/$track $title
              albumtype:soundtrack: Soundtracks/$album/$track $title

              port: 6600
              password: seekrit

       (That [bpd] section configures the optional BPD plugin.)




       Adrian Sampson


       2012, Adrian Sampson

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