I am trying to downgrade my distro. The thing is, I have spent some few hours organising my music library and I do not want to lose my database. I have checked 'write meta data to files'. And so, my understanding is, that if I just import those same mp3s into a new library, those files will be arranged in the same order in the library. But this doesn't sound like a safe enough option. I'm moving from 11.10 to 10.04. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The Banshee configurations are stored in the ~/.config/banshee-1/ directory. Those configurations can be found in the ~/.config/banshee-1/banshee.db (if you have the sqlite3 tool you can take a look inside this file).

I don't know if there are significant differences in the format of the files from one version to another, but I suggest that you save the entire directory and try to restore it after downgrade.


A more safe option to keep bashee settings is using the sqlite3 command:

$ sudo apt-get install sqlite3
$ cd ~/.config/banshee-1
$ sqlite3 banshee.db ".dump" > BACKUP_FILE

After the downgrade you can restore the file (first copy the backup file to the ~/.config/banshee-1 directory):

$ cd ~/.config/banshee-1
$ cat BACKUP_FILE | sqlite3 banshee.db
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    thanks for that Rafael. I will use downgrading as a last resort. For now i might just try to see if i can find out how to stop banshee from crashing or how to export the library to another app like rhythmbox. Thanks so much. Gauranga! – nityabaddha Nov 16 '11 at 4:00
  • nityabaddha, I think that some Ubuntu users will need this tool, since Rhythmbox is returning to be the default player in Ubuntu 12... – Rafael Fernandes Lopes Nov 16 '11 at 22:44

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