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.TH "ncmpc" "1" "June 2005" "" ""
.SH "NAME"
ncmpc \- curses Music Player Daemon (MPD) client.
.SH "SYNOPSIS"
.B ncmpc
[options]
.SH "DESCRIPTION"
ncmpc is  a client for MPD, the Music Player Daemon. 
ncmpc connects to a MPD running on a machine on the local 
network.

By default, ncmpc connects to localhost:6600. 
This can be changed either at compile\-time, or by exporting the 
MPD_HOST and MPD_PORT environment variables, or by the command line
options \-\-host and \-\-port.

$ ncmpc \-\-host=musicserver \-\-port=44000

To use a password with mpd, set MPD_HOST to password@host 
or use the command line option \-\-password. Values from 
the command line overrides values from the environment.

Read more about MPD on http://www.musicpd.org

.SH "OPTIONS"
.TP 
.B \-?, \-\-help
Display help.
.TP 
.B \-V,  \-\-version
Display version information.
.TP 
.B \-c,  \-\-colors
Enable colors.
.TP 
.B \-C,  \-\-no\-colors
Disable colors.
.TP 
.B \-e,  \-\-exit
Exit on connection errors. The default is to reconnect.
.TP 
.B \-h, \-\-host=HOSTNAME
Specify MPD host.
.TP 
.B \-p, \-\-port=PORT
Connect to server on PORT.
.TP 
.B \-P, \-\-password=PASSWORD
Use password when connecting.
.TP 
.B \-f, \-\-config=FILE
Read configuration from file.
.TP 
.B \-P, \-\-key\-file=FILE
Read key bindings from FILE.
.TP 
Mandatory or optional arguments to long options are also mandatory or optional for any corresponding short options.
.SH "CONFIGURATION"
When ncmpc start it tries to read user setting from the ~/.ncmpc/config. If no user configuration is found ncmpc tries to load global settings from $SYSCONFDIR/ncmpc/config (the actual path is displayed on the help screen). An example configuration file (config.sample) should be provided with ncmpc.

Base colors are: black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan and white. 

Possible text colors are the base colors plus grey, brightred, brightgreen, brightyellow, brightblue, brightmagenta, brightcyan and brightwhite.


Supported configuration options:
.TP 
.B auto\-center = yes|no
Enable/disable auto center mode. When auto center mode is enabled 
ncmpc centers the current track in the playlist window.
.TP 
.B wide\-cursor = yes|no
Make the cursor as wide as the screen.
.TP 
.B hide\-cursor = NUM
Hide the playlist cursor after NUM seconds of inactivity.
.TP 
.B wrap\-around = yes|no
Wrapped cursor movement.
.TP 
.B find\-wrap = yes|no
Wrapped find mode.
.TP 
.B audible\-bell = yes|no
Sound audible bell on alerts.
.TP 
.B visible\-bell = yes|no
Visible bell on alerts.
.TP 
.B seek\-time = NUM
Seek forward/backward by NUM seconds.
.TP 
.B list\-format = SONG FORMAT
The format used to display songs in the main window.
.TP 
.B status\-format = SONG FORMAT
The format used to display songs on the status line.
.TP 
.B set\-xterm\-title = yes|no
Change the XTerm title (ncmpc will not restore the title).
.TP 
.B xterm\-title\-format = SONG FORMAT
The format used to for the xterm title when ncmpc is playing.
.TP 
.B enable\-colors = yes|no
Enable/disable colors.
.TP 
.B color background = COLOR
Set the background color. If the background color is assigned to the keyword \fBnone\fR, ncmpc will not change the background color. Only the base colors are valid background colors.
.TP 
.B color title = TEXTCOLOR
Set the text color for the title row.
.TP 
.B timedisplay-type = elapsed/remaining
Sets whether to display remaining or elapsed time in the status window. Default is elapsed.
.TP 
.B color title\-bold = TEXTCOLOR
Set the text color for the title row (the bold part).
.TP 
.B color line = TEXTCOLOR
Set the color of the line on the second row.
.TP 
.B color line\-flags = TEXTCOLOR
Set the text color used to indicate mpd flags on the second row.
.TP 
.B color list = TEXTCOLOR
Set the text color in the main area of ncmpc.
.TP 
.B color list\-bold = TEXTCOLOR
Set the bold text color in the main area of ncmpc.
.TP 
.B color progressbar = TEXTCOLOR
Set the color of the progress indicator.
.TP 
.B color status\-state = TEXTCOLOR
Set the text color used to display mpd status in the status window.
.TP 
.B color status\-song = TEXTCOLOR
Set the text color used to display song names in the status window.
.TP 
.B color status\-time = TEXTCOLOR
Set the text color used to display time the status window. 
.TP 
.B color alert = TEXTCOLOR
Text color used to display alerts in the status window.
.TP 
.B colordef COLOR = R, G, B
Redefine any of the base colors. The RGB values must be an integer value between 0 and 1000. 
\fBNote\fR: Only some terminals allow redefinitions of colors! 
.SH "KEYS"
When ncmpc start it tries to read user key bindings from the ~/.ncmpc/keys file. If no user key bindings is found ncmpc tries to load global key bindings from $SYSCONFDIR/ncmpc/keys (the actual path is displayed on the help screen). 

You can view ncmpc's key bindings by pressing '1' (help) when 
ncmpc is running. To edit key bindings use the key editor in ncmpc (press 'K').
.SH "SONG FORMAT"
Format of song display for status and the list window.
The  metadata  delimeters  are: %name%, %artist%, %track%, %time%, %file%, %shortfile%.

The [] operators is used to group output such that if no metadata delimeters are found or matched between '[' and ']', then none of  the  characters between '[' and ']' are outputed. '&' and '|' are logical operators for and and or. '#'  is used to escape characters. 

Some  useful examples for format are: 

   "%file%" 

and 

   "[[%artist% \- ]%title%]|[%file]" 
.SH "BUGS"
Report bugs on http://www.musicpd.org/mantis/
.SH "NOTE"
Since MPD uses UTF\-8, ncmpc needs to convert characters to the 
charset used by the local system. If you get character conversion errors when your running ncmpc you probably need to set up your locale. This is done by setting any of the LC_CTYPE, LANG or LC_ALL enviroment variables (LC_CTYPE only affects character handling).

.SH "SE ALSO"
mpc(1), mpd(1), locale(5), locale(7)