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       beetsconfig - beets configuration file

       The  beet  command  reads  configuration information from ~/.beetsconfig on Unix-like OSes
       (inluding Mac OS X) and %APPDATA%\beetsconfig.ini on Windows.  The file is in INI format.


       These options are available, all of which must appear under the [beets] section header:

              Path to  the  beets  library  file.  Defaults  to  ~/.beetsmusic.blb  on  Unix  and
              %APPDATA\beetsmusic.blb on Windows.

              The  directory to which files will be copied/moved when adding them to the library.
              Defaults to ~/Music.

              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.

              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. When enabled in conjunction with  import_copy,  deletes  original
              files  after  they are copied into your library. This might be useful, for example,
              if you're low on disk space -- but it's risky!  Defaults to no.

              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 option.

              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

              Either yes or no, indicating whether the autotagger  should  attempt  to  find  and
              download  album cover art for the files it imports.  Defaults to yes. The -r and -R
              command-line options override this setting.

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

              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 import.

       ignore A space-separated list of glob patterns specifying file and directory names  to  be
              ignored when importing. Defaults to .* *~ (i.e., ignore Unix-style hidden files and
              backup files).

              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  .   characters  are
              replaced on Unix and the *<>| characters are removed on Windows). To override these
              substitutions, specify a sequence of whitespace-separated terms; the first term  is
              a  regular  expression  and  the  second  is  a string that should replace anything
              matching that regex. For example, replace = [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  some
              recommended base replacements for Unix-like OSes:

              replace = [\\/\?"]|^\.' _
                        : -

              And, on Windows:

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

              Note that the above examples are, in fact, the default substitutions used by beets.

              When  importing album art, the name of the file (without extension) where the cover
              art image should be placed. Defaults to cover (i.e., images will be named cover.jpg
              or cover.png and placed in the album's directory).

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

              A colon-separated list of 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.

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

       color  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.

              The amount of time that the SQLite library should wait before raising an  exception
              when  the  database  lock is contended. This should almost never need to be changed
              except on very slow systems. Defaults to 5.0 (5 seconds).


       You can also configure the directory hierarchy beets uses to store music.  These  settings
       appear  under  the  [paths]  section (rather than the main [beets] section we used above).
       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/$track $title
       singleton: Non-Album/$artist/$title
       comp: Compilations/$album/$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.

       In addition to default, comp, and singleton, you can condition path queries based on beets
       queries (see /reference/query). There's one catch: because the : character is reserved for
       separating the query from the template string, the _ character is  substituted  for  :  in
       these queries.  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
       import_copy: yes
       import_write: yes
       import_resume: ask
       import_art: yes
       import_quiet_fallback: skip
       import_timid: no
       import_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.)


       The  configuration  file  is typically located at $HOME/.beetsconfig. If you want to store
       your .beetsconfig file somewhere else for whatever reason, you can  specify  its  path  by
       setting the BEETSCONFIG environment variable.


       Adrian Sampson


       2011, Adrian Sampson