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I have Rhythmbox 2.97 on 32bit Ubuntu 12.10.

I have a large number of duplicate music entries that don't show up in my music folder.

I really would like to know if there's any plugin or any means to get rid of them.

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It's happened to me a few times...

The easy way to solve this issue is:

  1. Open "Home"
  2. Press Ctrl+h (this will show your hidden files and folders)
  3. Navigate to .local/share/rhythmbox
  4. Delete rhythmdb.xml
  5. Restart Rhythmbox

The rhythmdb.xml file contains the music library info for Rhythmbox, by deleting it, you'll be forcing rhythmbox to re-check the library, thus getting rid of the repeated entries.

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Some blogger wrote a GUI tool which automatically removes the duplicate entries from the rhythmbox database (without touching the actual files):

sudo apt-get install python-tk
wget -P /tmp blog.tappir.com/rhythmboxRemoveDuplicates.py
chmod +x /tmp/rhythmboxRemoveDuplicates.py
python /tmp/rhythmboxRemoveDuplicates.py

Reference: http://blog.tappir.com/?p=13

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