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Jan 29, 2019 23:59:11

Chromebook urgh

by @swizecteller | 322 words | 3๐Ÿ”ฅ | 116๐Ÿ’Œ

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So I was trying to set up a Slack audio bot at the office yesterday. Tried it out at home the night before and it went beautifully. 10 minute job ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Confident as hell I get into the office and set out to make it work. 2 hours later. Still no bot.

#200wordsTIL

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Here's how you do it in theory: 

1. git clone slack-audiobot from here https://github.com/BrenMurrell/slack-audiobot

2. Create a new Slack bot on Slack (only have to do it once)

3. Copypasta an access token

4. node audiobot.js

๐Ÿ’ฅ Boom you can @bot play bell ๐Ÿ”Š

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Had the bot, all I need at the office is a computer, node audiobot.js, connect to Sonos and voila.

Right?

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HA!

We had a spare Chromebook. Ok it worked on a Mac, how hard can it be?

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Oh you need to install node. No biggy, need to install on Mac too.

Oh you need a terminal first.

What, no terminal?

Nah. Switch to developer channel. WARNING THERE ARE BUGS

Okay but I ened terminal

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Wait to download and reinstall machine. Cool.

Oh you want to install stuff? Switch to linux mode.

Another big download and install.

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Great I'm in Linux. apt-get isntall node right?

Nope. That's node v4.

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Urgh!

Okay do some weird shenanigans, run cryptic commands from random blogs, get apt sources updated.

Now you have the latest node.

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Oh but you don't have git.

๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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2 hours of shaving all the yaks later and I have a running node audiobot.js

@bot play bell

Silence.

๐Ÿคจ

What's this thing trying to run anyway?

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Tweak some code. Add some logs. See what it's doing.

afplay does not exist

Wtf is afplay?

Audio File Play is a cli mp3 player for macOS

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Ah! But it's using mplayer on windows. Mplayer exists for Linux too!!

apt-get install mplayer

mplayer bla

Audio device hanged.

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We had a spare Mac too. Setup took 10 minutes including a fresh node install and telling AirPlay to connect to Sonos.

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