Cpanel Gone 64 to Fast - Time to Retire Published: Dec 15, 2005
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This guide will teach you how to install shoutcast server on Linux. Shoutcast lets you stream live music to listeners and start your own radio station on the web.

How to Install Shoutcast on Linux

What is shoutcast?

SHOUTcast is Nullsoft's Free Winamp-based distributed streaming audio system. Thousands of broadcasters around the world are waiting for you to tune in and listen. You can start your own radio station and stream music and live shows. See an example of hundreds of world-wide stations at shoutcast.com

How do we install shoutcast?

Generally you dont want to run shoutcast as root as that can be really bad and a security issue, instead we'll create a shoutcast user:

1.) Login to root through SSH on the server.
2.) adduser shoutcast
3.) passwd shoutcast

Now it will ask for a new password set this and remember it.

Now login as the new shoutcast user, or you can su to the user.  (Or you can logout completely and log in under the shoutcast user).
su shoutcast


Installing shoutcast

Lets grab shoutcast from nullsoft:

1) wget http://www.shoutcast.com/downloads/sc1-9-2/shoutcast-1-9-2-linux-glibc6.tar.gz

 Lets extract shoutcast:
2)  tar -zxvf shoutcast-1-9-2-linux-glibc6.tar.gz

 Lets tidy up the directory:
3)  rm -rf shoutcast-1-9-2-linux-glibc6.tar.gz
mv shoutcast-1-9-2-linux-glibc6 shoutcast
cd shoutcast

Shoutcast has now been installed!


How to configure shoutcast?

Now we need to edit the configuration file.

pico sc_serv.conf
or you can use vi which I prefer, a bit more advanced to use.
vi sc_serv.conf 

Ok lets set some important configureation options. Change these settings in the file:

MaxUser
Password
PortBase

uncomment AdminPassword and set an admin password.

Now at this point you can go threw the settings and change them to what you want or you can save and start shoutcast and it will work perfectly.

to save crtl+x (if using pico) or :wq if using vi

How do i start shoutcast?

./sc_serv sc_serv.conf

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Comments (5)

  • Gravatar - N32
    N32 11:00, December 26, 2005
    I agree with rampage here. We've run into problems with cpanel 64 with CentOS 4.2 - I do not know of the stability of the rest of the releases, but that is the one we got. We ended up paying for a server reformat. So before ordering - make sure to consider the extra cost this might be. <br />
    <br />
    Biggest beneficieries of this 64bit system is mySQL. However, you will find that performance is only about 1 -5 % better than the 32bit version. In 99% of the cases, this translates into almost no change. Sometimes 64bit applications are actually slower in running. So consider this too when you order.<br />
    <br />
    If someone is looking for a 64bit option, get Directadmin for 64bit OS - it's marked as alpha. It will install itself and we've worked with it on production servers, and compiled it many times without issues. If worse come to worse, there are guides on how to uninstall it too. <br />
    <br />
  • Gravatar - Cory
    Cory 15:11, February 1, 2006
    That's not all true,<br />
    <br />
    I got 3 servers on Fedora Core 4 - running AMD Athlon 64+, and everything works great, even compiling, but their's 1 thing that I came across that's not supported "apf" rfxnetworks firewall.<br />
    <br />
    You install, reboot server it don't load and the datacenter tells "Theirs a problem with iptables" like blah, Removed apf - rebooted works fine.
  • Gravatar - Ryan
    Ryan 21:23, February 14, 2006
    Cory just because your running a AMD Athlon 64+ doesn't mean your running Fedora Core 4 64bit edition. Unless you are, your actually not using the 64bit part of your chip which means everything is running fine :-P
  • Gravatar - Marcel
    Marcel 00:07, March 9, 2006
    We have found many problems with DirectAdmin and Centos 4.2 64-bit.<br />
    <br />
    the biggest problem is that the frontpage extensions dit not work.<br />
    <br />
    we will reinstall all server with the 32bit version.<br />
    <br />
  • Gravatar - nhat truong
    nhat truong 06:48, August 17, 2009
    I got 3 servers on Fedora Core 4 - running AMD Athlon 64+, and everything works great, even compiling, but their's 1 thing that I came across that's not supported "apf" rfxnetworks firewall.<br />
    <br />
    OK. You install, reboot server it don't load and the datacenter tells "Theirs a problem with iptables" like blah, Removed apf - rebooted works fine<br />
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