Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Access a remote DAAP share by tunneling over SSH (Ubuntu/Edgy)

The mt-daapd wiki has a nice write up on how to access a remote DAAP (aka iTunes protocol) share by tunneling over SSH.

But the instructions are quite right for an Ubuntu/Edgy desktop. The short, short steps are:

$ ssh homeserver -N -f -L

Instead of using the default 3689 port, pick a high number. First of all it means you won't have to start the ssh tunnel as root and it won't confuse banshee which wants to use that port itself. Also you need to specify your local ip address (eg:

$ avahi-publish-address -v -H UbuntuLaptop.local -s "my personal homeserver tunes" _daap._tcp. 6689 &

Avahi is not Apple based code, so there is no mDNSProxyResponderPosix command. The above line is the equivalent to "mDNSProxyResponderPosix squeal "shareName" _daap._tcp. 3689 &"

$ banshee

To debug this, keep an eye on /var/log/mt-daapd.log on the system running mt-daapd.

It appears that Rhythmbox gets a little confused about trying to connect to localhost:6689. Now only banshee dies when closing.

Friday, November 3, 2006


This was mentioned on this evening NHPR on the drive home tonight. There is the email from the NH Democratic Party:

We have received word that households are receiving numerous, misleading automated phone calls that sound as if they are coming from Paul Hodes when they in fact are NOT. These calls potentially violate New Hampshire election law and need to be stopped immediately.

We have seen it before from Republican operatives in New Hampshire. This is an example of a last minute desperate attempt by forces who are scrambling in the face of potential defeat on Tuesday.

If you receive any suspicious phone calls, please listen carefully and save the recording on your answering machines. Call Kathleen Strand at the New Hampshire Democratic Party at (603) 625-0010 or email

Paid for and maintained by The New Hampshire Democratic Party (NHDP). Not
authorized by any candidate or candidates' committee. Contributions to the NHDP
are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.