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I'm looking for a replacement for mplayer. mplayer is a audio player for the console. It works just fine when I use it like so:

 mplayer /path/to/audio.mp3

But when I start it in the background I get this error message:

 :~$ mplayer /home/.alarm-sounds/alien1.wav &
[3] 15451
:~$ MPlayer svn r34540 (Ubuntu), built with gcc-4.7 (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

I'm trying to write a little alarm script because I want to practice some modified version of pomodoro.

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From the manual:

Q: How can I run MPlayer in the background?

A: Use: mplayer options filename < /dev/null &

The redirect (note it's an input from /dev/null) is critical. mplayer is expecting input.

So in my case, the following works:

mplayer -nolirc ~/Music/Aqua/Aquarium/Aqua - 03 - Barbie Girl.mp3 < /dev/null &

This is a shorter variation:

cat 0 | mplayer ~/Music/Aqua/Aquarium/Aqua - 03 - Barbie Girl.mp3 &

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