truncated files, or mplayer madness

Michael Torrie torriem at
Thu Sep 6 18:03:28 MDT 2007

So I'm trying to use mplayer to give me .wav output of a streamed audio 
program, say NPR's all things considered.  The problem is that the link 
is actually a playlist (can't seem to download it properly though).  So 
mplayer goes through the sections one by one and dutifully writes out 
the file, and then when the next one comes along, immediately truncates 
the file, which is very useless.

I thought I'd be smart and write the audio output to stdout, and then 
redirect it or concatenate it to a file.  Surprise! the stdout stream is 
truncated too, so the same things happens, which I find odd.

Does anyone have any solution to this problem?  All the mplayer list can 
suggest is that one download the playlist and run each url manually. 
Yet I can't do this.  If I download the asx file, then download the url 
contained in there, I just get the original asx file again.  Very 
frustrating.  Does anyone know how to get the playlist urls?



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