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Editing: Making MusicBrainz better

Good things to keep in mind when working on any collaborative online project.

MusicBrainz/MetaBrainz Blog

Over the past few weeks I’ve received a number of emails from people who are concerned about some editors who are losing sight of some basic principles behind editing data in MusicBrainz. I wanted to chime in and remind people of some of the principles that should guide how we all get along when we edit data in MusicBrainz.

First and foremost is:

Be polite and give people the benefit of the doubt that they are doing the right thing.

I don’t have to explain being polite. Yes, we all have our bad days — that is a given. But if you’re having a bad day, stop editing MusicBrainz and step away from your computer. Go outside! When you do edit, please be kind to your fellow editors.

Giving people the benefit of the doubt that they are doing the right thing is also important. The vast majority of people…

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How to use a 32-bit QuickLook plug-in on a 64-bit Mac

Not all QuickLook plugins will work immediately after

Some very nice QuickLook plug-ins are not 32/64 binaries, and require an extra step to get them working (without logout or reboot) on 64-bit Macs. 32-bit plug-ins are handled via the quicklookd32 daemon, a separate build of quicklookd (which is often just a native 64-bit binary). So you have to kill this server as the usual reseting the QuickLook plug-in listing does’t seem to affect it.

So here are the steps:

  1. Move your plug-in to the desired QuickLook folder (/Libary/QuickLook/ or ~/Library/QuickLook).
  2. Run this on the terminal:
    killall quicklookd32
    qlmanage -r
  3. You should now be able to use the 32-bit plugin as normal.

Caveat: Using a direct command like qlmanage -p FILE on the Terminal will always fail with a 32-bit plug-in on a 64-bit machine as a 64-bit native applications can’t load 32-bit code.