Important FAQ change regarding folder rename


#1


If I understand correctly, MP3Tag 2.49 doesn't "rename" sub-folders as such -- it creates a new sub-folder and moves only your music files there. This is an important difference, as it will leave behind any "non-music" files like logs, jpegs, lyrics etc.

I think this really needs to be explained in the FAQ:
/t/8016/1

It should probably be mentioned in the various threads on this subject too, as search engines tend to take you to them first (they do for me anyway).


#2

it can rename folders.
the trick is to use the action "Format Value" and choose "_DIRECTORY" as field.


#3

Yes, but AFAIK that only renames the "current directory", not further up. I'm sorry I wasn't clear: The behaviour I'm describing happens when using the :mt_ttf: Converter > Tag - Filename technique as shown here for example: Renaming files, creating folders and complete directory structures from tags

Here's a simplistic example:

Consider the following directory structure and files:

D:\SomeArtist\SomeAlbum\SomeMusic.mp3
 D:\SomeArtist\SomeAlbum\SomeArt.jpg
 D:\SomeArtist\SomeAlbum\SomeLog.txt

If you do :mt_ttf: Converter > Tag - Filename with the following string: %artist% SPAM\%album%\%title%

Your directory structure will now look like this:

D:\SomeArtist SPAM\SomeAlbum\SomeMusic.mp3
 D:\SomeArtist\SomeAlbum\SomeArt.jpg
 D:\SomeArtist\SomeAlbum\SomeLog.txt

Notice all the non-music files were left behind? That's because the directory is not actually renamed as the FAQ suggests -- a new directory is created and only music files are moved to it.

To put my original request another way: Please warn people they will orphan any ancilliary files if they use the :mt_ttf: Converter > Tag - Filename technique. The FAQ is not clear enough at the moment in my opinion. :slight_smile:


#4

Nighty, you have stumbled over a known problem/misconception/misunderstanding/possibly poor documentation.

Mp3tag provides two pseudo tag variables ...
_FILENAME
_DIRECTORY
... to let the user work with the filesystem.

By manipulating _FILENAME one can rename the filename of the current media file resp. move the selected media files from here to there and let create target folder if necessary.

By manipulating _DIRECTORY one can move entire folders resp. foldertrees including all embedded files.

Search the forum and you will find a bunch of threads with different scenarios how to apply format strings on the pseudo tag-fields _FILENAME and _DIRECTORY.

DD.20111023.1855.CEST


#5

Yes indeed, which I why I'm suggesting some corrections/clarifications/warnings need to be added to the FAQ at the very least, so other people don't have to waste hours of their life trying to fix their music library like I did. :flushed: :slight_smile: