Curiosity: what means "mmsnothread"; and why might I need it?

Howard Orgel Howard.Orgel at
Thu Jun 19 15:42:05 PDT 2014

On Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:01:57 +0100, dinkypumpkin wrote:

> If mmsnothread is unset/false and a Windows Media resource is supplied 
> in multiple parts, get_iplayer will attempt to download the parts in 
> parallel.  The "thread" is a bit of a misnomer - get_iplayer just 
> launches multiple instances of mplayer in separate processes. 
> Presumably the mechanism didn't work on Windows, so "mmsnothread 1" was 
> incorporated into the installer.  I don't know any of those multi-part 
> resources exists any longer.  If anyone knows of one, chime in.

Thank you, that makes it much clearer; "mmsnothread 1" stays in the
options file.

> The system options file is managed by the installer on Windows.  You 
> shouldn't touch it.  If you want to override any settings, put them in 
> your user options file or use the command line.


Regards, Howard.

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