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- 3Getting Started
- 3.3Linux / Mac OS X / BSD
- 4Configuration File
- 5.1Administration Pages
- 10Example Configurations
The purpose of this document is to show you the different configuration options supported by sc_serv along with basic and more advanced example configurations to enable you to get started with using sc_serv and the features it can offer.
The aim of sc_serv is to provide enhanced serving features and also access to the new YP2 infrastructure whilst maintaining as much backward compatibility with previous versions of sc_serv as possible. The new features introduced include:
- Serving multiple streams from a single server instance
- Relaying multiple streams from a single server instance
- Multiplexing all server activity through a single IP port
- SHOUTcast 2 wire protocol support for sources, relays and clients
- Repackaging of SHOUTcast 1 and SHOUTcast 2 data as needed for connected clients
- YP2 infrastructure support
- Real-time metadata and statistic reporting
- Static station id support
- In-stream metadata in standardised xml files
- UTF-8 and international character encoding
- Improved server and stream security
Overview of Features
To take full advantage of the newer features provided as part of the SHOUTcast 2 and YP2 systems then you will need to ensure you are using a compatible version of sc_serv (any version 2 will work) and that you have the required authorisation key to register as a broadcaster on the YP2 directory (see section 3.0).
If you were intending on taking full advantage of the multiplexing and multiple stream support offered as part of sc_serv then you would need to make sure you enable the SHOUTcast 2 options (this is enabled by default with server builds from the end of 2010 if the 'yp2' option in the configuration file is not specified [see section 4.14 ). The reason for needing to enable this support is if you try to do it with the original SHOUTcast 1 protocol then it will not work as the original protocol has no means of expressing multiple streams from a single port due to the lack of an identifier provided for them.
If you are planning on connecting multiple sc_trans instances to sc_serv then you must use the SHOUTcast 2 protocol support so that each sc_trans instance can have a unique identifier which allows for multiple streams to then be provided from a single server. It is still possible for an older source to connect to the server with a number of config options available to support this though functionality will be limited compared to what can be done with a fully supporting SHOUTcast 2 source.
Finally clients connecting to your server do not need to directly support SHOUTcast 2 as sc_serv will repackage the stream data and any related metadata into the correct format the client requests (typically based on the user agent detected by the server).
One of the key aspects of the new YP2 directory infrastructure is an authorisation key which is used to validate your server when it tries to connect to the YP2 infrastructure for any of the station(s) you run. Once this key is obtained, it will be valid for all root servers of the station being broadcast.
This can be done by going to the SHOUTcast Authhash Management page which shows how to do this via the 'Administation Summary' page as long as a valid source has been connected to the server. This process automatically updates your configuration file(s) with the new authhash and if the stream is set to be public then will attempt to get the stream listed in the SHOUTcast Radio Directory.
When using an older SHOUTcast 1 server then you do not need to do this registration and the server will still be able to be listed on the directory but there is not the same level of protection over the stream as is the case with registering it.
Running the Server
The server is able to be run either as a console application or it can be run as service (Windows) or daemon (Linux / Mac OS X / BSD). Detailed below is how to get the server running on the different operating systems supported by it.
The Windows version of sc_serv is designed to run on fully updated and patched versions of Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7, 8 & 10.
Please note that the Windows versions of sc_serv are built with a dependency against the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package. If sc_serv is unable to start due to a dependency issue then you will need to install the correct version of the package so it can run which depends on the version of sc_serv you are attempting to run:
Install as a Service
sc_serv.exe install <servicename> <username> <password> <conf>
<servicename> - Name of service
<username> - User under which to run the service as or '0' for the local system
<password> - Password for user or '0' for the local system or with no password
<conf> - File path to the configuration file
When run as a service there is not a good sense of a current working directory so requires all paths in the configuration and playlist files to be fully qualified otherwise lookups will fail when sc_serv is run.
To run sc_serv with a configuration file in the same folder as the server as the current system user account you would enter into the console:
Uninstall the Service
sc_serv.exe uninstall <servicename>
<servicename> - Name of service as used when the service was registered
To uninstall sc_serv assuming it was installed as detailed in the install section above then you would enter into the console:
Run as a Non-Service in the Console
<conf> - File path to the configuration file (can be relative or absolute)
Linux / Mac OS X / BSD
Remember to enable the required access on the sc_trans file by doing 'chmod a+x sc_trans' after extracting it from the distribution file otherwise the OS is likely to not run it and show the error message './sc_serv: Permission denied'.
Run as a Daemon
./sc_serv daemon <conf>
<conf> - File path to the configuration file (required in all cases)
When run this should output the following:
'sc_serv going daemon with PID [XXXX]' where XXXX is the <pid> of the process.
End a Daemon
kill -SIGTERM <pid>orkill -15 <pid>orkill -s TERM <pid>
<pid> - The PID of the daemon instance (reported when the daemon started or can be found with 'ps ax grep sc_serv' as long as sc_serv was the file run otherwise you can just use 'ps ax' if the filename isn't known). Additionally the PID of sc_serv is listed in the log file.
Run as a Non-Daemon
<conf> - File path to the configuration file (can be relative or absolute)
When run on Linux / Mac OS X / BSD then some additional signals are supported to allow for additional control over the running daemon instance of sc_serv.
The following signals can be used with the 'kill' command (in the manner of your choosing for using the kill command) along with the <pid> of the daemon instance to do one of the following actions:
The result of SIGHUP is that the current log file contents will be moved into <logfile>_1 e.g. sc_serv_1.log, <logfile>_1 will be moved into <logfile>_2 e.g. sc_serv_2.log and so on for all log files which can be found which match the current log file's name. This is useful if timed to have it create day specific log files.
Here you can find a complete list of all of the configuration options which are provided by sc_serv which ranges from logging to networking configuration and control over the media being used when streaming via the server.
Configuration entries labelled as <MULTI> can be used to set up simultaneous connections to the server or allow for multiple connections from various sources. These are specified by adding _# to the end of the option's name as shown below where # begins with one. If you are only working with a single instance then you do not need to add the _# part as any instances of a configuration option will assume it is for _1.
Note: The <MULTI> system is not hierarchical and all values beyond the default must be specified for all connections. So for example, if you wanted to connect to two servers on the same port you must do:
Note that you CANNOT do it like this as it leads to not all values being set:
The configuration files also allow for comments/notes or options to be disabled by the use of a semi-colon (;) or a left bracket ([) or the hash / pound symbol (#) at the start of a line which can be seen in all of the configuration examples.
Known options in the configuration files are recognised irrespective of the case they are entered in the configuration file so maxuser and MaXuSer will be handled the same way.
Any items found in the configuration file which are not known (as detailed in following sections) or is not processed as a comment will be reported in the following manner:
Where <date + time> is the date and time the event happens at and XX is the line in the configuration file where the error has been found to occur at.
banfile : File to store the list of banned IP addresses [Default = sc_serv.ban]
savebanlistonexit : Re-write the 'banfile' on server exit [Default = 1]
maxuser : Specify the maximum number of clients allowed to connect to the server [Default = 32]
listenertime : Specify the maximum time in minutes a client can listen to the stream [Default = 0]
autodumpusers : Enable to allow the server to disconnect clients if the source disconnects [Default = 0]
srcip : Specify the server side binding address for sources to connect on [Default = <no value>]
dstip or destip or publicip : Specify the server side binding address for clients [Default = <no value>]
If you specify a value for 'dstip / destip' then this will be used by the listen feature on the Administration Pages (see section 5.1) so it can provide a valid stream url in the generated playlist. If 'dstip / destip' is not specified then the server will attempt to auto-generate the IP required for the client to be able to connect. If this fails the generated playlist is likely to return a stream url like http://0.0.0.0:<portbase>/<path>
The IP provided needs to be in a valid format like http://<my-ip> or an address which can be resolved to an IP otherwise the internal lookups done are likely to fail (depends upon the server configuration and OS being used). Also you cannot set srcip and dstip / destip to be the same IP value and if this happens then the server will close. Closing of the server will also happen if the IP cannot be resolved or correctly bound to i.e. server is not there or an invalid value was entered.
titleformat : Specify a string to be used in-place of the default icy-name string being used [Default = <no value>]
urlformat : Specify a string to be used in-place of the default icy-url string being used [Default = <no value>]
In all cases, the default value is for no debug logging for the options listed below.
yp1debug : Enable debug logging of YP connections
yp2debug : Enable debug logging of YP2 connections
shoutcastsourcedebug : Enable debug logging of SHOUTcast source connections
uvox2sourcedebug : Enable debug logging of SHOUTcast 2 source connections
shoutcast1clientdebug : Enable debug logging of SHOUTcast streaming clients
shoutcast2clientdebug : Enable debug logging of SHOUTcast 2 streaming clients
relayshoutcastdebug : Enable debug logging for SHOUTcast relays
relayuvoxdebug : Enable debug logging for SHOUTcast 2 relays
relaydebug : Enable debug logging of common relay code
streamdatadebug : Enable debug logging of common streaming code
httpstyledebug : Enable debug logging of http style requests
statsdebug : Enable debug logging of statistics
microserverdebug : Enable debug logging of common server activity
threadrunnerdebug : Enable debug logging of the thread manager
rtmpclientdebug : Enable debug logging of rtmp clients
admetricsdebug : Enable debug logging of ad metrics (v2.5 and newer)
flashpolicyfile : Name of file containing flash crossdomain policies on the server [Default = crossdomain.xml]
Introduction and Backup Files
Note that intro and backup audio files must precisely match the format and bitrate for the stream! If they do not match, there will be a break in the stream and the listener will be disconnected.
introfile : File to play when a client first connects to the server [Default = <no value>]Note: This is used globally and also is default for stream #1 on DNAS versions greater than 2.0. To apply a specific intro file to a stream, use streamintrofile_X.
streamintrofile_X : File to play when a client first connects to the server [Default = <no value>]
backupfile : File to play if the source disconnects from the server [Default = <no value>]Note: This is used globally and also is default for stream #1 on DNAS versions greater than 2.0. To apply a specific backup file to a stream, use streambackupfile_X.
streambackupfile_X : assigns a specific backup file to a streamID X [Default = <no value>]
streambackupurl_X : assigns a specific backup stream to a streamID X (v2.6 Premium feature)
specialfiletmpdir : place to store intro and backup files uploaded by sc_trans [Default = /tmp/ (*nix only)]
maxspecialfilesize : Change the maximum size in bytes of the backup and intro files [Default = 30000000]
log : Enable logging of the servers output [Default = 1]
screenlog : Enable logging of servers output to the console [Default = 1]
logfile : Specify a different logfile to save the logs into [Default = %temp%sc_serv.log or /tmp/sc_serv.log]
logclients : Enable logging of details about client connections and disconnections made [Default = 1]
configrewrite : Re-write the 'config file' on server exit [Default = 0]
songhistory : Specify the maximum song history to preserve [Default = 10]
cpucount : Specify the number of cpu's present instead of the calculated number if non-zero [Default = 0]
unique : Specify a substitution string for the '$' character to be used when processing filenames which if specified will set any occurences of '$' to the value set. This will be used in the processing of the following filenames: logfile, introfile, streamintrofile, backupfile, streambackupfile, banfile, streambanfile, ripfile, streamripfile, include, w3clog, streamw3clog
include : Specify an additional include file containing settings to be processed from the current point in the main configuration file [Default = <no value>]
You can do multiple calls of this allowing for a basic configuration file with then 'specific' stream configurations set in individual conf files though you need to ensure not to include a reference to the same file in itself.
You can also specify a path with a wildcard for sc_serv to use to find multiple configuration files to include e.g. 'include=stream/*.conf'. This can then be used along with the multiple stream configurations (see section 4.12) and the admin command 'admin.cgi?mode=reload' (see section 5.1) to add / remove / update stream configurations without having to close the server to apply them.
admincssfile : Specify the css styling to be used on the index.html and admin pages [Default = v2]
This can accept the following parameters:
- admincssfile=v1 - Uses the v1 DNAS style
- admincssfile=v2 - Uses the newer SHOUTcast 2 style
- admincssfile=path_to_local_css_file e.g. my_index.css</nowiki>
faviconfile : Specify the file to be returned as the favicon.ico when the administration pages are being queried by the client's browser [Default = <no value>]
The default behaviour is to use a SHOUTcast themed built-in icon file and support / handling the update of this will entirely depend on the browser.
faviconmimetype : Specify the mime type for actual file to be served in the favicon.ico response [Default = image/x-icon]
Ensure this is correct for the type of image being used so it is valid.
hidestats : Specify if the publically accessible stats?sid=# page can be accessed or if it is only available via the private administration pages [Default = 0]
robotstxtfile : Specify the file to be returned as the robots.txt when queried by search engines, etc to attempt to prevent incorrect access to the server's pages which may cause invalid client connections [Default = <no value>]
The default behaviour is to return a robots.txt reponse indicating not to look at any of the server's pages i.e.
namelookups : Enable to allow reverse DNS look-ups on incoming IP addresses [Default = 0]
portbase : Specify the port which clients and sources need to use to connect to the server [Default = 8000]
autodumpsourcetime : Specify how long before an idle source is dumped from the server (in seconds) [Default: 30]
maxheaderlinesize : Specify the maximum size of an HTTP header line [Default = 2048]
maxheaderlinecount : Specify the maximum header lines in an HTTP style exchange [Default = 100]
adminpassword : Specify the administrator password for accessing the remote server features [Default = <no value>]
password : Specify the password for broadcasters when connecting to the server [Default = <no value>]
buffertype : Specify whether the buffer size is fixed  or adaptive  [Default = 0]
adaptivebuffersize : Specify the buffer size in seconds if buffer is set to adaptive [Default = 1]
fixedbuffersize : Specify the buffer size in bytes if the buffer is set to fixed [Default = 1048576]
bufferhardlimit : Specify the maximum buffer size in bytes which it can never go above [Default = 16777216]
allowrelay : Enable to allow a relay to connect to the server [Default = 1]
allowpublicrelay : Enable to allow relays to list themselves in the YP directory [Default = 1]
relayreconnecttime : Specify how many seconds to wait to reconnect on a relay failure [Default = 30]
relayconnectretries : Specify the number of times relays are attempted to be connected to if it is initially unable to connect [Default = 3]
maxhttpredirects : Specify the maximum number of times we can redirect when relaying [Default = 5]
relayport : Port of the source to use for the relay [Default: 80]
relayserver : Url of the source to relay [Default = <no value>]
ripfile : File to store the list of reserved IP addresses [Default = sc_serv.rip]
saveriplistonexist : Re-write the 'ripfile' on server exit [Default = 1]
riponly : Only allow connections to be made from reserved IP addresses [Default = 0]
Important Note: If you do not specify an identifier (_#) on the end of the above options then it will be treated like _1 (effectively acting like SHOUTcast 1). Additionally, _0 is not a supported identifier and will be mapped to _1.
requirestreamconfigs : Only allow sources to connect if a stream configuration has been set in your configuration file [Default = 0]
<MULTI> (one set for each stream configuration):
streamid : Specify the numerical identifier of the stream for control or referencing the stream configuration. This can only be a numeric value from 1 to 2147483647.
streamauthhash : The authorisation key needed for YP2 directory registration.
streampath : Specify the path clients need to use to access the stream
streamrelayurl : Specify the full url of source to relay (if this is a relay).
streammaxuser : Specify the maximum number of clients allowed to connect to the stream [Default = 0]If set to zero, not specified or higher than 'maxuser' then the value set for 'maxuser' (see section 4.2) will be used for all knwon streams.
Changing this to a value between zero and 'maxuser' will enforce the user connection limit for the specified value in the stream configuration e.g.
This allows a total of 32 connections to the server but specifies the maximum number of connections to the first stream configuration is 8.
With the following stream configuration
This allows a total of 32 connections to the server but with a per stream limit above the maximum means the maximum number of connections to the first stream group will be 32. However this also depends upon any other stream configurations and their limits as to whether 32 clients will be able to connect to this stream configuration.
Finally unless a valid stream configuration is specified then this value will only be applied to the first stream configuration found i.e. there is a need to specify a streamid_XXX for streammaxuser_XXX (where XXX is the stream identifier of the stream configuration group.
streamadminpassword : Specify the administrator password for accessing the remote server features for the specified stream configuration group. If this is not specified then 'adminpassword' will be used.
streampassword : Specify the password for broadcasters when connecting to the server for the specified stream configuration group. If this is not specified then 'password' will be used.
streampublicserver : This allows you to override the public flag received from the source when a connection is being made to the YP directory. If this is not specified or is set to empty then 'publicserver' will be used.
streamallowrelay : Enable to allow a relay to connect to the server. If this is not specified then 'allowrelay' will be used.
streamallowpublicrelay : Enable to allow relays to list themselves in the YP directory. If this is not specified then 'allowpublicrelay' will be used.
streamriponly : Enable to only allow connections to be made from reserved IP addresses. If this is not specified then 'riponly' will be used.
streamautodumpsourcetime : Specify how long before an idle source will be dumped from the server (in seconds). A value of zero means there is no timeout of an idle source. If not specified then 'autodumpsourcetime' will be used.
streamautodumpusers : Enable to allow the server to disconnect clients if the source disconnects. If not specified then 'autodumpusers' will be used.
streamlistenertime : Specify the maximum time in minutes a client is allowed to listen to the stream. A value of zero means there will be no time limit. If not specified then 'listenertime' will be used.
streamintrofile : File to play when a client first connects to the server. If this is not specified then 'introfile' will be used.
streambackupfile : File to play if the source disconnects from the server. If this is not specified then 'backupfile' will be used.
streammovedurl_X : redirects a permanently stopped or moved stream to a different working stream url.
streambanfile : File to store the list of banned IP addresses. If this is not specified then 'banfile' will be used.
streamripfile : File to store the list of banned IP addresses. If this is not specified then 'ripfile' will be used.
streamw3clog : File to store the web connections logs into. If this is not specified then 'w3clog' will be used.
DNAS v2.6 and newer
sslCertificateFile : For https:// streams, specify .crt file e.g. sslCertificateFile=/path/to/ssl.crt
sslCertificateKeyFile : specify key file, e.g. sslCertificateKeyFile=/path/to/key.pem
Web Connection (W3C) Logging
w3cenable : Enable logging of web connections to describe the duration a client has listened to a specific title [Default = 1]
w3clog : File to store the web connections logs into [Default = sc_w3c.log]
webclientdebug : Enable logging of web client connections [Default = 0]
YP Server Behaviour
uvoxcipherkey : Specify the key used to obfuscate the initial handshaking with the source [Default = foobar]
Only change this if you really need to do so as not all SHOUTcast 2 clients will allow you to edit this value from the default value. If using the Source DSP plug-in then see dsp_sc.txt - section 5.0 for details on how to change the plug-in to use a differnet value.
metainterval : Specify the metadata transmission interval in bytes [Default = 8192]
yp2 : Enable to use the SHOUTcast 2 protocol and related server features for access to the YP2 directory [Default = 1]
If this is enabled and not all of the required values are set then the server will throw an error and will abort from its start-up attempt. It should be indicated what needs to be set to allow the server to start with this set.
Additionally if there is an issue then the server will report an error in its log ouput of 'Connection attempt failed. YP2 error code is XXX (<message>)' where XXX is one of the following error codes and <message> is a message set in the error response to indicate a bit more what the error relates to. All current error codes can be found here.
ypaddr : Allows you to specify a different YP server if required [Default = yp.shoutcast.com]
ypport : Allows you to specify the port of the YP server if required [Default = 80]
ypPath : Allows you to specify the path to YP2 services on the server [Default = /yp2]
ypTimeout : Specify the timeout interval in seconds for requests made to the YP server [Default = 60]
ypmaxretries : Specify the maximum number of times a YP request will be attempted [Default = 10]
ypreportinterval : Specify the maximum time in which the YP must have contacted our server in seconds [Default = 300]
ypminreportinterval : Specify the minimum time in which the YP can contact our server in seconds [Default = 10]
publicserver : This allows you to override the public flag from the connected source when a connection is being made to the YP directory [Default = default]This can be one of the following values:
When using sc_trans this would match with the 'public' value (see sc_trans.txt - section 3.8).
YP Server Errors
If not all of the required values are set for a public listing then the DNAS server will throw an error and will abort its attempt to be listed in the Directory. It should be indicated the error is with one of the error codes provided below so it can be resolved.
Additionally if there is an issue during Directory updates or removals, then the server will report an error in its log ouput as one of the following error codes and <message>.
|Status Code||Status Message|
|400||Generic error (covers all other cases usually from internal failures)|
|457||Unrecoverable error while updating station information - DNAS restart required.|
|470||Invalid authorization hash|
|471||Invalid stream type (could be a bad bitrate or mime type)|
|472||Missing or invalid stream url|
|473||Server unreachable by YP|
|474||Relay url does not exist|
|475||Invalid server ID|
|476||Invalid max clients (value out of range or missing)|
|477||Terms of Service violator. You are being reported.|
|479||Streams requiring authorization are not public and cannot list here.|
|480||Cannot see your station/computer (URL: <streamurl>) from the Internet, disable Internet Sharing/NAT/firewall/ISP cache.|
|481||Cannot verify server since all listener slots are full. Please wait.|
|482||This network has been permanently banned due to a previous violation of the SHOUTcast directory terms of service|
|483||Invalid listeners (value out of range / missing)|
|484||Invalid avglistentime (value out of range / missing)|
|485||Invalid newsessions (value out of range / missing)|
|486||Invalid connects (value out of range / missing)|
|487||Request & Response objects are null|
|488||Request xml is null|
|489||YP command not specified|
|490||Generic error, while doing xml parsing|
|491||Generic error, while reading xml request|
|492||Error closing buffer / HTTP connection|
|493||Internal error - unable to acquire data source|
|494||Error updating information - DNAS restart required|
|495||Error acquiring station ID - DNAS restart required|
|496||Error converting data type|
|497||Inconsistent stream behaviour|
|498||Invalid Request (Invalid request received)|
|499||Error while getting information|
With sc_serv there are administration pages available for accessing and controlling the server remotely which allows you to monitor and control clients connected to the stream (or not if banning them). These pages can now be accessed through a summary page at /index.html which will show a link to any active stream(s) or you explicitly access them via the /index.html?sid=# path where # is the ID of the stream (see section 4.12 for more about using 'streamid') e.g.
If no sid or an invalid sid is passed then you will be taken to the summary /index.html and this will be applied even if you were on a page with a known ID and then enter an invalid sid or remove it purposefully.
As part of the administrative features provided there are the following pages where # is the streamid you want to use). This is not a complete list but should cover all of the pages which allow for a direct http url to be entered to get an administation action to work. The ban and reserve IP actions require input fields and do not map to direct sends.
index.html - Shows a summary page with links to get to any active stream(s)
currentsong?sid=# - Returns the current song title or a null response
nextsong?sid=# - Returns the next song title (if known) or a null response
nextsongs?sid=# - Returns in an xml format the next song title(s) (if known) to be played when using a compatible v2 stream source. See section 5.2 for more details on the format of the xml returned).
index.html?sid=# - Shows current status of the specified stream
played.html?sid=# - Song history of specified playing history
listen.pls?sid=# - Provides a PLS for file clients to use to connect to the stream.
listen.m3u?sid=# - Provides a M3U file for clients to use to connect to the stream.
listen.asx?sid=# - Provides a ASX file for clients to use to connect to the stream.
home.html?sid=# or home?sid=# - Opens in a new window or tab (depending on the client browser) the 'streamurl' as specified by the stream source. If this is not set then the client will be redirected to the shoutcast.com main page.
stats?sid=# - Provides an xml response for public accessibility which matches the private version from admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=viewxml&page=1. This is the modern version of the 7.html page as provided by the legacy v1 servers. See section 5.2 for information on what is provided in the xml response.
admin.cgi - Shows the an overal summary admin page for the streams provided by the server including direct links to certain information pages (see notes about the 'admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=viewxml' command for more info)
admin.cgi?sid=# - Shows the base admin page for the stream and information
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=viewlog - View logfile
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=viewlog&viewlog=tail - View logfile (tailing)
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=viewban - Ban view which matches the ban file and allows you to ban a single IP or an IP range from it (see section 4.1 for more info on the file)
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=viewrip - Reserved IP list that matches the rip file (see section 4.11 for more info on the file)
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=art or admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=art&art=playing - Displays the artwork SHOUTcast v2 compatible clients may be able to display if the SHOUTcast v2 source does provide it.
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=viewxml or admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=viewxml&page=# - Returns an xml output of the current stream information
admin.cgi?mode=resetxml&sid=# - Will flush the held stream information to refresh it
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=kicksrc - Will allow you to kick the currently connected source for the specified stream.
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=unripdst&ripdst=<IP> - Where <IP> is the IP to reserve (see section 4.11 for more information).
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=unbandst&bandst=<IP>.0&banmsk=0 - Where <IP> is the first 3 parts of a subnet IP to unban.
admin.cgi?sid=#&mode=unbandst&bandst=<IP>&banmsk=255 - Where <IP> is that of a single IP to unban.
admin.cgi?mode=rotate or admin.cgi?mode=rotate&files=log w3c - This will rotate the log files set via the 'logfile', 'w3clog' and 'streamw3clog' options.
admin.cgi?mode=reload or admin.cgi?mode=reload&force=1 - This reloads the stream configuration details in the main configuration file the server used when started and is only available on the admin summary page and so can only be run by the master administrator password.
As detailed in the previous sections, some of the administration actions will provide the information in an xml response. For information on what is actually returned in these xml responses see sc_serv2_xml_responses.txt.
Clients connecting to the streams provided by sc_serv are able to so in a number of ways depending upon how the streams have been configured and also depending upon the number of streams you have available.
The two main ways for a client to connect to a stream are as follows:
If the client attempting to connect to the server instance does not specify <streampath> or <streamid> in the stream url it attempts to access or if only one stream is provided then the server will usually default to the first stream it knows about and will allow the client to make a valid connection (though this is not guaranteed to happen).
This handling of the stream addresses provided is something to keep in mind especially if you are providing multiple streams as this will allow you to provide different addresses for certain clients to be able to use a specific stream e.g. if you wanted to have mobile clients connect to a lower bandwidth stream then you could direct them to '<serverurl>/mobile'
The server options available for controlling how the stream's path is specified can be seen in section 4.12 which also details the equivalent values needing to be set in the sc_trans configuration if you use sc_trans to provide a source to sc_serv.
Locale Error (Linux / Mac OS X / BSD)
If you receive the following error then you have a locale related issues:
If this happens then you need to set the 'POSIX' locale in your terminal's environment values. If this does not happen then everything is fine or you are using a newer version of sc_serv from the end of 2010 which should no longer exhibit this issue.
Mac OS X:
You can test to see if this has worked by checking the shell command 'locale':
Virtual Memory Footprint (Linux / Mac OS X / BSD)
Due to how sc_serv works it will create a large number of threads which may become an issue due to the default virtual memory stack allocation per thread potentially being large (typically 10MB per thread). For most people this should not be an issue as the memory is not really allocated unless it is used. If however if you have a resource constrained system or if you plan on running many copies of sc_trans then you could potentially run out of virtual memory.
The default thread allocation can be reduced by issuing a 'ulimit' command before running sc_trans and in the example reduces it to 512KB per-thread e.g. ulimit -s 512
Maximum Client Connection Limits
In general, there are inherent limits on the maximum number of client connections which may be made to a running instances of sc_serv which can either be set by configuration limits e.g. 'maxuser', Operating System limits or bandwidth limits being reached.
The first two are easy to resolve whereas the last (bandwidth limits) is something which will usually require obtaining additional hosting or paying for more available bandwidth.
If reaching the Operating System limit, this is usually indicated by the maximum number of clients never going above a fixed value even if there is the bandwidth and the server has been configured to go higher. This usually appears as around 1016 maximum connections (though this can vary a bit)
If using a non-Windows Operating System then you can use the 'ulimit -n xxxx' command to change the upper limit from what is already set which can be found from just 'ulimit -n' e.g. to change the limit to 4096 connections you would run ulimit -n 4096
If using a Windows Operating System then there isn't any real way to change such things due to the OS hopefully being configured with limits that will not be reached when using sc_serv. If in doubt then consult the Microsoft support documentation for the OS used.
Include as part of the sc_serv installation are a number of example configurations to get things started with using some of the features of the server. The provided examples are:
All of the configuration examples are documented and will relate back to details in this file appropriately. You will need to change some details in these example files or to obtain any applicable authorisation keys for the setup you are making (see section 3.0). In all cases the examples are designed to work from the same install folder as sc_serv.
Remember these examples are a way to get you up and running faster though you are still likely to have to adjust things depending upon the systems you are using and how you want to manage your sources and server connections which are covered in previous sections.
Additionally if you are not happy with editing the files or find it still too confusing then you can use the configuration builder which (if installed) can be found in the 'config_builder'. Open 'config_builder.html' in your browser and then use this graphical tool to setup a configuration file for the server (and additionally the transcoder).
This is the base configuration from which the other configuration examples are based and this will get a sc_serv instance running as a local setup with no connection made to the YP directory.
This configuration file changes the required options in the sc_serv_basic configuration to get a sc_serv instance running as a public setup with a connection made to the YP for listing the stream in the directory. This shows the use of the 'include' option (see section 4.7) and how specifying a configuration option twice uses the last value found.
This configuration file changes the required options in the sc_serv_public configuration to get a sc_serv instance running as a public setup with a source coming in from a relay server providing a SHOUTcast 2 stream.
This configuration file can be included in any other configuration files to allow you to get debug logging output when trying to investigate any issues you may be experiencing.
This configuration file is designed to be used just as is and is the simplest form of the configuration file you can have which will allow you to get a running server to appear on the YP. This works on using the default settings of the server though does change some of the file paths inorder to fit in with the existing setup as used in the other examples.
All you need to do when using this configuration file is to enter your authorisation key in the 'streamauthhash' line e.g. if your authorisation key is 123456789 then you change streamauthhash=<enter_your_auth_key_here> to streamauthhash=123456789 and save the file.
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