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Author Topic: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list  (Read 227 times)

Arcadian

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I have a sizeable library and running a manual update of auto-import takes quite a few minutes (I have the button added to the tool bar). Is there an easy way to run a quick update on just one folder from the auto-import list of folders? I realise it runs in the background and finds changes automatically but there seems to be quite a delay. I would like something more on-demand.
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comox

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Re: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2024, 03:19:16 pm »

Suggest you start by figuring out why auto-import is slow on your system.

My auto-import scans 650,000 files stored on 7 local drives in 9 seconds.

Are your files on a server? If not, what are your auto-import settings?
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Arcadian

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Re: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2024, 03:25:09 pm »

Yes all my media is on a single 3.5" NAS drive via an SMB share. JRiver's running on my laptop so network is about 50-60 MB/s 5Ghz Wi-Fi.
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comox

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Re: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2024, 03:33:15 pm »

The NAS probably explains why your system is slow. I don't use one so perhaps someone else has a suggestion.
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Arcadian

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Re: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2024, 03:36:59 pm »

The NAS + Wi-Fi no doubt increases latency. I could consider running a library server in a container or VM on the NAS I suppose. More work than I was hoping for though.
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AldoAlvarez

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Re: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2024, 03:38:17 pm »

My Auto-Imports shrunk to around 1-2 minutes, depending on how many tracks Iíve added to the 291K files in my library, once I upgraded to SSDs in a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure directly connected to my computer. 
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Arcadian

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Re: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2024, 04:13:17 pm »

I use a laptop most of the time so direct attached storage is not ideal. I need to get the library updates happening locally on the NAS. I'm interested to know what people recommend in that regard. I have options of a VM, Docker, or a NAS app (if there is one already for QNAP?). If I went VM is it better to run Windows or Linux? I already have both Ubuntu and Win 11 VMs up.
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zybex

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Re: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2024, 03:12:52 am »

Some NAS allow adding an SSD as a Cache drive, speeding it immensely. On other models, investigate if you can disable ATIME (last-accessed timestamp) as that triggers writes to the disk whenever a folder is read. Disabling it can speed it up a bit.

You can also consider adding a 3rd Mini-PC to your system to act as the MC Server, and connect both this PC and the NAS to the switch/router via ethernet cables. Your laptop would then be an MC client.
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Arcadian

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Re: Manually update a single folder in the auto-import folder list
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2024, 04:50:19 am »

Yep, caching definitely an option. Atime is not enabled.
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