Play Audio on Headless Server?

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at
Wed Jul 18 09:36:12 MDT 2007

On 18 Jul 2007, at 09:14, Kimball Larsen wrote:

> Ok, so everyone will probably get sick of all my questions this  
> week, but I've been tossed into a bit of unfamiliar territory (I'm  
> a programmer, not a sysadmin) this week with setting up a new  
> server here at work.  One of the functions they need this server to  
> do is to play our hold music for the phone system.  The old server  
> that this is replacing simply played music out of itunes (yes, the  
> old server is a mac mini) and an audio cable connects the mac to  
> the phone system.
> So, the new server is headless, and I don't have X installed at  
> all.  What sort of solutions are there out there that I can use to  
> just start music playing out of a pre-defined playlist when the  
> system boots and just have it play continuously forever?

If you are not using a Mac anymore and just using Linux you could use  
the mplayer command line version.  I am not sure of the configurations.


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