Question

Library update performs full scan only

  • 23 December 2016
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For several years my Play5 units have worked fine in conjunction with my NAS. They were set to update the library overnight and I also occasionally did a manual update to include my latest radio podcasts. Both of these would take a few minutes to complete and my library remained accessible during this time.

Recently, for no obvious reason, the update appears to have changed to a full scan which takes more than half an hour every time and which also deletes the entire library for the duration of the scan. This means that I cant play any library items while the scan is ongoing and I have to wait a long time to play a new podcast.

This isnt the end of the world but it's a bit annoying. What can I do to get it back to doing quick updates as before? I had a look through other topics but this doesnt appear to be a common fault. I have tried deleting and recreating all my shares. All my files are accessible and I get no error messages at all.

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It was stated in another thread that due to memory limitations, Sonos systems consisting of only older models can no longer determine changed files from unchanged and now must do a complete scan of the library. If you have newer models, the partial scan would take place on them, and then be propagated to the older models.
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Wow. That's a step backwards. 😞 Thanks for the info anyway.

If I want to listen to recent podcasts I'll have to start using Foobar as a media server for Sonos, which is what I do for my Yamaha Musiccast amp. It does rather defeat the purpose of having Sonos in the first place though.
Or get a Play:1 on sale. That will take care of the indexing for the older players and it will be back to normal.
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Or get a Play:1 on sale. That will take care of the indexing for the older players and it will be back to normal.

That's a possibility but quite a waste of money and electricity to get one just for that purpose (I actually already have one more Play 5 that I dont use regularly at home).

As my PC is on all the time Foobar as a media server does the job nicely, and I have just turned off the Sonos automatic indexing altogether. My other shares change rarely so I can just update them manually when needed.