RoonCommandLine version 2.0.5 release 1 was released today. This release adds upgrade features, zone info, and several new commands.
This release preserves existing configuration if it detects a previous release of RoonCommandLine is already installed. Only the Roon Core IP and port are reconfigured if necessary. In addition, the default zone groupings in
roon_api.ini are improved to avoid grouping incompatible zones. Python scripts utilizing the Roon API have been improved to remove all warnings and use a single source for providing the extension version to Roon.
Changes to RoonCommandLine commands include changing the
repeat commands to toggles, similar to what was done for
mute. Note that
repeat does not mimic the Roon
loop feature which cycles through three values - ‘loop’, ‘loop_one’, and ‘disabled’. The
repeat command in RoonCommandLine and the Python Roon API is a Boolean and toggles between ‘loop’ and ‘disabled’.
mute_all command was added to toggle playback muting in all Roon zones.
pause_all command was added to pause playback in all Roon zones.
play_all command was added to begin playback in all Roon zones.
stop_all command was added to stop playback in all Roon zones and release devices.
-i option was added to the
roon command to display zone information. In the absence of any
-z zone argument, information on all zones is displayed. If a zone is specified in combination with the
-i argument, e.g.
-i -z Kitchen, then extended information is displayed for that zone alone. The Python script
zone_properties.py was added to support this feature.
See below for a summary of changes in recent RoonCommandLine releases. To install or upgrade RoonCommandLine, visit the download link for Version 2.0.5 Release 1 at:
If you are upgrading from a previous RoonCommandLine release then see the Upgrades section of the README.
Install the package on Debian based systems by executing the command
sudo apt install ./RoonCommandLine_2.0.5-1.deb
Install the package on RPM based systems by executing the command
sudo yum localinstall ./RoonCommandLine-2.0.5-1.rpm
Removal of the package on Debian based systems can be accomplished by issuing the command:
sudo apt remove rooncommandline
Removal of the package on RPM based systems can be accomplished by issuing the command:
sudo yum remove RoonCommandLine
To install on Mac OS X, clone the repository and execute the
git clone https://gitlab.com/doctorfree/RoonCommandLine.git cd RoonCommandLine ./Install
Recent RoonCommandLine releases included the following enhancements:
RoonCommandLine version 2.0.4 release 3 was a feature modification release.
That release changed the mute/unmute commands to a toggle. Both commands operate exactly the same, toggling the muting/unmuting of the selected zone or zone grouping. The two commands are retained rather than removing
unmute in order to preserve compatibility with any existing scripts that use these commands.
RoonCommandLine version 2.0.4 release 2 was a bugfix release.
That release fixed a bug with muting/unmuting ungrouped zones.
RoonCommandLine version 2.0.4 release 1 added zone and zone grouping volume control.
The command `roon -v volume` sets the volume level in the selected zone. The `volume` argument has the format `[g:][r:][s:]num` Where `g` indicates set volume for all zones in the group `r` specifies use relative method volume setting `s` specifies use relative_step method volume setting `num` can be absolute (0-100) or relative (negative or positive)
RoonCommandLine version 2.0.3 release 2 added several new commands including support for playing a specified track by artist, playing a specified album by artist, playing either a specified artist or album in designated genre, playing a specified composer, and additional listing options. Listing and playing commands now include support for artist and album name exclusion strings allowing searches for a specified artist/album/composer/genre/playlist whose name includes a specified string but not another string. This exclusion filtering enables narrower listing, searching, and playing of library media.
Checks for Python 3 and Pip were added to pre-installation scripts, MacOS installation has been significantly improved, installation of the roonapi Pip module is handled more gracefully.
RoonCommandLine version 2.0.x releases added support for detection of the Roon Core port as well as its IP address. The port number is stored in
roon_api.ini and used in all subsequent calls to the Python Roon API. This was necessary as Roon Labs changed the port number in the most recent update. Extensions shouldn’t be assuming a hard coded port number anyway so this change prompted a good improvement although it was irritating at first. A bug introduced by the change to return status of the Bash builtin type command was addressed. RoonCommandLine commands’ location are added to PATH or full path used in SSH invocations. The installation script has been revised to work with the updated Python roonapi module version numbering. SSH invocations should work in a wider range of environments with this release.
The installation automatically detects and stores the Roon Core IP and port. There is no need for any manual configuration.
IMPORTANT NOTE Older versions of RoonCommandLine will no longer function properly. In order to use RoonCommandLine you must install version 2.0.2 release 1 or later.