Ncmpcpp cannot play music by itself. The MPD backend is required to be installed locally (or on the remote server) which will be managed using the ncmpcpp frontend.
USE flags for media-sound/ncmpcpp featureful ncurses based MPD client inspired by ncmpc
emerge --ask media-sound/ncmpcpp
After installation the user should make a .ncmpcpp directory within their specific /home directory. This is where ncmpcpp will read the configuration file and output any error messages.
mkdir ~/.ncmpcpp && touch ~/.ncmpcpp/config
Below is an example of a local user's ncmpcpp configuration file:
ncmpcpp_directory = "~/.ncmpcpp" mpd_host = "localhost" mpd_port = "6600" mpd_music_dir = "/var/lib/mpd/music/"
- MPD - Documentation on MPD, a necessary ncmpcpp component.