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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 import.

              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

       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


       Adrian Sampson


       2011, Adrian Sampson