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1. Introduction

GNU xhippo is a generic playlist manager program for a variety of UNIX sound players. It's been shown to work with mpg123, madplay, bplay, s3mod, tracker, xmp, mtvp, splay, ogg123 and timidity, and should work with more-or-less anything that can take a filename on the command line. It is capable of automatically deciding which player to use depending on a file's extension; the defaults are set in a config file. It uses textual playlist files, which are easily generated with the find or locate utilities. The interface of xhippo is very loosely modelled on the shareware `HippoPlayer' player for the Amiga.

xhippo 3 is firmly in maintainance mode; I will continue to fix bugs if anyone finds any, but new users are strongly advised to try out the rewritten `Potamus' branch which will eventually become xhippo 4, available from http://offog.org/code/potamus.html.

xhippo was developed under GNU/Linux, but it contains nothing Linux-specific, so it will probably work on any UNIX-like system where gcc, glib and GTK are available. (Additionally, it supports GNU long options where `getopt_long' is available.) If you're using NetBSD or FreeBSD, a port is available--see See section Installation. xhippo can be compiled as a GNOME 1 application, and it can be compiled against GTK+ 1.2, 2.0 or 2.2. xhippo supports standard drag-and-drop (which works with the GNOME, KDE and ROX file managers, and any other supporting the standard protocol).

xhippo comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law. You may redistribute copies of GNU xhippo under the terms of the GNU General Public License. For more information about these matters, see the file named `COPYING'.

If you've installed a previous version of xhippo, read the `ChangeLog' for information on what's changed recently.

xhippo uses GNU gettext for internationalisation; you can pick the language you want by setting your `LANG' environment variable. If your C library's gettext support doesn't work, you can give the `--with-included-gettext' option to the `configure' script to make it use the copy of gettext included in the package.

If you've downloaded xhippo, please send me some mail to tell me what you think of it. Suggestions for improvements will be gratefully received.

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