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mpd-status

mpd-status is an interactive block for i3blocks. It shows a brief description of the current song (e.g. {Artist} - {Song} [paused | {vol}%]) and does various actions when clicked. By default, left click plays and pauses, right click stops, the scroll wheel changes the volume, middle click shuffles all albums, and, if your mouse has them, the back button returns to the previous song and the forward button skips to the next album (this can be changed to go to the next song by editing I3blocks/Config.hs to have buttonToOp Forward = Just Next instead of Just NextAlbum).

Cool things about mpd-status

  • Automatically updates when the song or volume change, whether the change is triggered by a click action, an external command like mpc, or just the current song ending. Most existing blocks are mpc-based scripts which can't easily do this
  • MPD actions can be customized using libmpd-haskell's DSL
    • E.g. clear >> add "" >> random True >> play Nothing replaces the current queue with your library and shuffles it
    • This also allows complex actions like shuffling by album and skipping the beginning of the next album
  • Written in Haskell (ymmv)

Not so cool things

  • It's a multi-file binary, not a script. Technically you could interpret it with runhaskell, but that's noticeably slow in my experience

Planned features

  • Customizable status format
  • Support for MPRIS players
  • Support for mpv (Maybe. It has an IPC server, but it's not especially suitable for this)

Installation

At some point I'll start distributing binaries, but for now you'll need cabal-install. bash $ git clone https://github.com/pvsr/mpd-status $ cd mpd-status $ cabal new-update $ cabal new-install mpd-status Then add ~/.cabal/bin/ to your PATH.