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Rivendell limitations & problems

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Rivendell Limitations and Problems

This page contains a list of some problems people have encountered with Rivendell over the years.

Support for accented/foreign characters

Rivendell does not support accented characters (Deutsch Umlaut, z. B.)

FIXED: this limitation has been remedied as of Rivendell version 3.

Varying delay/gap when segueing of 50 to 150 milliseconds

Users may experience a delay of between 50 and 150 milliseconds when segueing between audio items.

For more information see how to fine tune ALSA to minimize the varying delay/gap when segueing

Support for remote voice tracking

Rivendell does not directly support remote voice tracking (for example, over the internet). However, starting with version 2 of Rivendell, support is included for accessing some parts of Rivendell via HTTP (aka “the Web”). There have been some efforts to remedy this situation, but none have made it into the official source code.

Varying screen resolutions and RDAirplay

RDAirplay, the log playing on-air application in Rivendell currently only supports screen resolutions of 1024 x 768, if you want it to fill the screen. Runing at resolutions lower than this will only show part of the screen and is not advised. Running at higher resolutions will work however you can not get RDAirplay to fill the screen. To make RDAirplay fill the screen at other resolutions is on the todo list.

Reliable Music Scheduling

RDAirplay will not reliably choose music and balance number of plays on cuts. Managing hard join times is tricky without an external music scheduler. Powergold Music scheduler has learned to play nice with Rivendell.

Rivendell and JACK

As of Rivendell version 3, in late 2020, Rivendell service daemons must run as the Linux user root. This can be changed only by recompiling the source code. As such, all JACK clients must also run as root. This is more of a limitation of JACK than of Rivendell. With the advent of better audio tools like Pipewire on the horizon, this situation might improve.