Underscore folder & various questions

Hi !

First of all, thanks a lot for all that tremendous work (๑′ᴗ‵๑)

  1. I have a huge library (as all of us I guess ^^), common albums, not very popular albums, soundtrack albums or compilation albums (various artists) I wan’t to reorganize thanks to beets, some of the albums are going in my genre folder as I wanted, but some of them are going in a _ (underscore) folder, I can’t understand why.
  2. As I’m actually testing (and messing a lot) with a test folder library before using beets with its perfect configuration, is there any way to « reset » or clear library.db ?
  3. Sometimes there are artists duplicates, I mean real ones with same band name, how do you guys manage that so you get the good one with its right genre ?
  4. Sometimes, there is no genre in musicbrainz artist page, is there any way to put these album forlders in a special folder that tells me to manually manage it ?
beet --version
beets version 1.4.9
Python version 3.9.2
plugins: bpd, fetchart, lastgenre, lyrics

Thanksss to anyone reading this ◎ヽ(^・ω・^=)~

some of them are going in a _ (underscore) folder, I can’t understand why.

Check the FAQ and maybe your replace config. My guess is the genre is not ASCII-compliant (ASCII = anything on a keyboard, basically), and so it gets renamed to _.

https://beets.readthedocs.io/en/latest/faq.html

https://beets.readthedocs.io/en/latest/faq.html#put-a-bunch-of-underscores-in-my-filenames

Just delete the file, if I understand correctly. Move it somewhere safe if you aren’t sure.

Sometimes there are artists duplicates, I mean real ones with same band name, how do you guys manage that so you get the good one with its right genre ?

As in, two unrelated artists of the same name? You want to distinguish Michael Jackson the pop singer from Michael Jackson the didgeridoo player?

This is a last.fm problem. AFAIK they do not have any dedupe on their end for artists. See the page for Love for example: Love biography | Last.fm

  • Sometimes, there is no genre in musicbrainz artist page, is there any way to put these album forlders in a special folder that tells me to manually manage it ?

Found by searching ‘lastgenre beet’:

https://beets.readthedocs.io/en/stable/plugins/lastgenre.html

Are you sure it’s going to musicbrainz and not last.fm?

fallback : A string if to use a fallback genre when no genre is found. You can use the empty string '' to reset the genre. Default: None.