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mpd-sima [--daemon] [--config=conf_file] [--var-dir=var_directory] [--pid=pid_file] [--log=log_file] [--log-level=log_level] [--host=mpd_host] [--mpd_port=mpd_port]
mpd-sima --create-db [--var-dir=var_directory]
mpd-sima --generate-config [...]
mpd-sima {{-h | --help--version}


This manual page documents briefly the mpd-sima commands.

At start up default configuration is first overridden by user configuration in mpd_sima.cfg (see the section called "FILES") and finally command lines options are honored. For instance you can override default MPD_HOST set in defaults (localhost) or in your configuration file with -S my_mpd_server option. For default configuration see the section called "CONFIGURATION". See also environment variables special case for MPD host and port in the section called "ENVIRONMENT".


Launch as a system service (dæmon).

Here follows an example on how to launch mpd-sima as a service on your system, not attach to regular user configuration/database.

mpd-sima --daemon --conf=/etc/mpd_sima.cfg --var-dir=/var/cache/mpd-sima/ --pid=/run/ --log=/var/log/mpd-sima.log

Launch in user land

Launching mpd-sima from/whithin your user account is easy, you can simply call mpd-sima from your shell or one of the following command:

Background execution (dæmonise), log in the specified file, save pid:

mpd-sima --daemon --pid=$HOME/var/run/ --log=$HOME/var/log/mpd-sima.log

Foreground execution, connect, log to std(out|err):



The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.

-h, --help

Print help and exit.


Print version and exit.


Start as a daemon. Log redirected to /dev/null, usually setting --log and --pid options in daemon mode are a good idea to monitor/stop the process.

-p pid_file, --pid=pid_file

Use the specific file pid_file to store pid to.
Default is not to store pid info.

-l log_file, --log=log_file

Use the specific file log_file to log messages to.
Default is to log to stdout/stderr.

-v log_level, --log-level=log_level

Verbosity in [debug,info,warning,error].
Default is to log info messages.

-c conf_file, --config=conf_file

Use the specific file conf_file to set up configuration instead of looking for the default user configuration file.
Default is to look for $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/mpd_sima/mpd_sima.cfg.

CLI option overrides any equivalent mentioned in configuration file, ie. launching mpd-sima with '--port' CLI option will ignore port setting in configuration file.

For more details on configuration file cf. mpd_sima.cfg(5), see also the section called "FILES".


Use the specific path var_directory to look for (or create) var files (ie. database) instead of looking at the default user data location.
Default is to look in $XDG_DATA_HOME/mpd_sima/. Concerning $XDG_DATA_HOME see also the section called "FILES"


Generate a sample configuration file according to the current configuration. You can put other options with this one to get them in the generated configuration.


Create the database and exit. Uses folder specified with --var-dir or default directory.
Default is to use $XDG_DATA_HOME/mpd_sima/. Concerning $XDG_DATA_HOME see also the section called "FILES"

-S mpd_host, --host=mpd_host

Use the specific host mpd_host as MPD server.
mpd_host can be an IP or a fully qualified domain name as long as your system can resolve it. This overrides MPD_HOST environment variable.
Default is localhost.

See also the section called "ENVIRONMENT".

-P mpd_port, --port=mpd_port

Use the specific port number mpd_port on MPD server. This overrides MPD_PORT environment variable.
Default is 6600.

See also the section called "ENVIRONMENT"



Configuration file.


SQLite DB file.


Persistent http cache.

Usually XDG_DATA_HOME is set to ${HOME}/.local/share and XDG_CONFIG_HOME to ${HOME}/.config.
You may override them using command line option --var-dir and --config (cf. mpd-sima(1))



mpd-sima will look for MPD_HOST and MPD_PORT to override built-in configuration (set to "localhost:6600").

mpd-sima expects MPD_HOST syntax as documented in mpc manual, cf. mpc(1).

To use a password, provide a value of the form "password@host".


mpd-sima honors HTTP_PROXY environment variables.



mpd_sima.cfg is read if present. Otherwise built-in defaults are used. An example should be provided in the tarball within doc/examples/. On Debian system please look in /usr/share/doc/mpd-sima.


Default is to look for MPD server at localhost:6600 (or MPD_HOST/MPD_PORT env. var. if set).

The get the defaults as detected by mpd-sima on your system you can run mpd-sima to print the config:

mpd-sima --generate-config

For details about mpd_sima.cfg refer to the manual mpd_sima.cfg(5)


The maintainer would be more than happy to ear from you, don't hesitate to send feedback, m[blue][].

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Jack Kaliko <[email protected]>

Wrote this man page and is currently leading MPD_sima project.


Copyright © 2009-2016 Jack Kaliko

This manual page was written for the Debian system (and may be used by others).

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3 published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.