tomahawk-0.6.0beta1 added to Gentoo Overlay

10 January 2013,

Yesterday was the release of the first beta for Tomahawk 0.6.0. Tomahawk is a music player which decouples the name of the song from the source it is streamed from. Using the Playdar API it resolves the location from where to stream using all of your available sources.

If you are interested on what is new, just check the blog post. To enjoy the Tomahawk beta on Gentoo you just need to do these three simple steps:

  1. Use my overlay as described in the README

  2. Add =media-sound/tomahawk-0.6.0-beta1 ~amd64 to your /etc/portage/package.accept_keyswords (you may need to change this to your arch)

  3. Run emerge '=media-sound/tomahawk-0.6.0-beta1'

Note: As jreen-1.1.0 is known to have problems with some rosters, this ebuild will pull in jreen-1.1.1 which is part of my overlay, too.


Songride Beta available for testing

About 3 years ago I made a little mashup using Ruby, Google Charts API and the API and a bit of magic that listed you from where your favorite artist were coming from. As an example this was the chart output for my favorite artists:


Use Media Keys to control Tomahawk in Awesome WM

Nowadays for controling a mediaplayer the MPRIS specification exists, sadly this interface seems unsupported by awesome. One solution would be to add some lines to the configuration of xbindkeys and to start it in the background. But as awesome already can handle global keybindings adding these lines to your .config/awesome/rc.lua will transmit the actions of the media keys to Tomahawk (they will work with every MPRIS2-compatible media, you just need to replace “tomahawk” with the matching name).