liquidsoap fallbacks explained

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, in 06 November 2014

Preventing Radio Castatrophy

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In liquidsoap, the last thing you want is your users to hear silence. There are many reasons this could happen, the DJ fell asleep/got drunk, there’s a bad file in the playlist that cannot be played, etc.

The fallback function

In liquidsoap you can prevent disasters with fallbacks. If one source cannot be played, liquidsoap will gracefully fall back to another source. Here’s a typical setup:

backup_playlist = playlist("./playlist.txt",conservative=true,mode="normal",reload_mode="watch")

live_dj = input.harbor("live",port=9000)

on_fail = single("./technical_difficulties.wav")

source = fallback(track_sensitive=false,

While some sources may be fallible, that’s ok if that are arranged in a cascading fallback, with the last source being unfallible. This way we can guarantee something should always be playing.

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