amarok changing timestamps on netcasts

Michael Hirsch mdhirsch at
Mon Oct 3 21:43:39 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Jason Paul Joines <jason at> wrote:

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: amarok changing timestamps on netcasts
> From: Michael Hirsch <mdhirsch at>
> To: Kubuntu user technical support <kubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.**com<kubuntu-users at>
> >
> Date: 2011.09.26.Mon.11:28:06
>> On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM, Jason Paul Joines <jason at<mailto:
>> jason at>> wrote:
>>       I'm using Amarok 2.4.0 wind KDE 4.6.2 on Kubuntu 11.04.
>>       By default Amarok stores netcasts I download in
>>    ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok/**podcasts/NAME-of-NETCAST.  For some
>>    reason, it changes the timestamp on some of the saved files every
>>    day.  This results in my backups picking them up every day.  All
>>    of the files dated "2011-09-15 19:25" in this list had their
>>    timestamps updated at the same time for no apparent reason even
>>    though most of them were downloaded weeks or months ago.  Any ideas?
>> Are you sure that amarok isn't downloading them every time?
>> Michael
>    Now that's a good question but I'm not quite sure how to figure it out.
>  Amarok has marked these episodes as downloaded already so I don't know why
> it would download them again.  If I understand this output correctly, I
> downloaded the file on the 20th and the time stamp was changed for no
> apparent reason today but the file is still 6 days old and not a new file.
>  Also, I manually download these files via a secondary-click in Amarok.
>  Amarok is configured to automatically scan for updates to this netcast but
> not to download them.
> ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok/**podcasts/Global News$ stat
> globalnews_20110920-1559a.mp3
>  File: `globalnews_20110920-1559a.**mp3'
>  Size: 12350125        Blocks: 24128      IO Block: 4096   regular file
> Device: 804h/2052d      Inode: 13371644    Links: 1
> Access: (0660/-rw-rw----)  Uid: ( 1000/   jason)   Gid: ( 1000/   jason)
> Access: 2011-09-20 16:25:28.835232044 -0500
> Modify: 2011-09-26 17:04:58.209045046 -0500
> Change: 2011-09-26 17:04:58.209045046 -0500
> ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok/**podcasts/Global News$
> Hmm.  Has the md5sum changed?  It's possible that the file has changed on
the server, though unlikely.

You can also look at how many bytes get transfered.  "ifconfig eth0" tells
you how many bytes have been transmitted and received.  If you run it before
and after, while doing nothing else, you should get a rough count of home
many bytes really were received.  If this is less than the file size the it
didn't really download the file.

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