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4abcde is a frontend command-line utility (actually, a shell script) that
5grabs tracks off a CD, encodes them to Ogg/Vorbis, MP3, FLAC or Ogg/Speex
6format, and tags them, all in one go.
7
8Your finished Ogg/MP3/FLAC/Speex's are, by default, stored in a subdirectory of
9the current directory (named after the artist) with a filename based on the
10track title. Spaces are replaced by underscores, and apostrophes and
11control codes are filtered out. Colons are replaced with an underscore and a
12hyphen. The end result usually looks like: Our_Lady_Peace/01.Supermans_Dead.ogg
13This filename munging is customizable - edit the mungefilename function in
14your abcde.conf to change it.
15
16Need to go through an HTTP proxy for CDDB access? No problem, just export
17your http_proxy variable first so wget/fetch/curl can see it.
18
19You already store CDDB entries for your CD collection on your hard disk? Piece
20of cake. Just edit CDDBLOCALDIR to point to the repository and give abcde the
21"-L" flag to make use of it.
22
23Low on disk space? abcde has different algorithms to schedule ripping and
24encoding - to optimize for disk conservation, use -l.
25
26abcde can also take advantage of SMP systems, just like make. Try
27'abcde -j 2' - it'll run two encoder jobs while it rips the next
28track.
29
30abcde now uses FreeDB by default. To use a different FreeDB mirror or
31another CDDB service, change the CDDBURL option in your abcde.conf.
32
33Frustrated that you can't use the CPU power on Machine A sitting right
34next to Machine B with the fast cdrom drive? Now you don't have to be -
35Run distmp3host (included in distmp3) on Machine A, and then run
36abcde -r MachineA from Machine B (where "MachineA" is a dns name or IP
37address). Use this in combination with '-j 0' to shift all encoding off the
38local machine.
39
40You do not have internet connection, or just feel with free time to write
41down all the song names and artists instead of using CDDB? Use -n and edit
42the template.
43
44To make abcde 2.x work more like 1.x, put these options in your abcde.conf:
45
46INTERACTIVE=n
47OUTPUTTYPE=mp3
48ID3TAGV=1
49
50NOTICE: abcde needs cd-discid. Grab it from:
51http://www.hispalinux.es/~data/files/cd-discid/
52
53MAJOR CHANGES
54=============
99d009fa 55Changes in 2.2-pre2:
56
57* Support for MPP/MP+(Musepack) format. It can be downloaded from
58 corecodecs.org. It is supposed to be Free (not only free), and released
59 under the GPL...
60* New "-s <number>" option for starting the numbering of the output files at
61 a given starting number. Ideal for albums with more than one CD.
62
63Changes in 2.2-pre1:
64
65* cdparanoia permits performing a query to the CD drive and obtain a list of
66 valid audio tracks. So, now we perform such query and process the results.
67* Support for "None of the above" has been added with the "0" selection. A
68 template is created, and the selection to edit it is defaulted to "y".
69
c9c2ca27 70New options in 2.1.19:
71
72* ONETRACK mode has been introduced. Setting the flag "-1" will create a
73 single file with all the tracks from the CD.
74
75Changes in 2.1.18:
76
77* CDSPEED option defaults to eject. However, since cdparanoia has a built-in
78 option to set the speed, we use it. There is not way (right now) to force
79 the use of eject, but it will be introduced in a future release. Also one
80 can use the pre_read function to set the speed with other program.
81
82New options in 2.1.16:
83
84* -S, CDSPEED and CDSPEEDOPTS for setting the speed of the CDROM. One can
85 set the options in abcde.conf and pass the value on the command line.
86 This option can be used with "eject -x <speed>", "setcd -x <speed>" or the
87 built-in cdparanoia option "-S <speed>", if the CD reader supports it.
88* Added a pre-read function. Modify it at your pleasure in abcde.conf
89 One can use it to close the CD drive.
90* -m option, to modify the playlist to include CRLF in every line. Some
91 players insist on having those to work properly with playlists.
92
93New options in 2.1.15:
94
95* -V can be used to obtain some more information about the CDDB queries.
96* -v shows the version, basic help, and exits.
97
98New options from 2.1.10 to 2.1.13:
99
100* CDROMID has been introduced for cdda2wav use with SCSI devices.
101* Use -L to retrieve the CDDB entries from a local repository (also one can
102 set CDDBUSELOCAL in the config file).
103* If CDDBCOPYLOCAL is set to "y" we store copies of the CDDB entries, under
104 CDDBLOCALDIR (defaults to "~/.cddb).
105
106Modifications from 2.1.9 to 2.1.10:
107
108* Initial (still incomplete) MacOSX support is on the works.
109* A new tool (curl) has been added for MacOSX compatibility, as HTTPGET
110 option.
111
112Options modified from 2.1.8 to 2.1.9:
113
114* KEEPWAVS option now sets the clean to "no".
115
116Options added/modified from 2.1.3 to 2.1.5:
117
118* Ogg/Speex added. Use "-o spx" to rip your audiobooks, for instance.
119
120Options added/modified from 2.1.1 to 2.1.3:
121
122* WGET has been substituted by HTTPGET. Now we support fetch as retrieval
123 program.
124* KEEPWAVS has been introduced. Set it to "y" and the wav tracks will be
125 kept.
126* CDDBPROTO is used to specify the protocol level in the CDDB retrieval.
127* DAGRAB has been introduced as a cd ripper.
128
129Options added/modified from 2.0.3 to 2.1.x:
130
131* -b use batch processing. It uses normalize to adjust the volume of the
132 songs, and a -g gapless option from lame to remove gaps. Only available
133 for mp3+lame combination.
134* a new "normalize" option has been added to -a, to normalize the volume.
135* -o works now with a combination of the different outputs: ogg, mp3, flac.
136 Combine them separated by ",". Example: "-o ogg,flac".
137* OUTPUTTYPE is no longer used for the output file type. From version 2.1
138 abcde implements multiple-output and the file type is always appended at
139 the end of the file. The OUTPUT variable can be used in the
140 PLAYLISTFORMAT and OUTPUTFORMAT to create different directory structures
141 and playlist names for each of the output formats selected.
142* DYEAR can be used as DiskYear value in CDDB data. If the data is not
143 supplied by the CDDB server, it can be added.
144
145Other options that changed from 1.x to 2.x:
146
147* -e doesn't exist anymore, abcde now presents you with all of the cddb data
148 and asks you if you want to edit it. If you don't want to be asked,
149 use -N or INTERACTIVE=n
150* The output type defaults to Ogg/Vorbis. Specify -o mp3 or OUTPUTTYPE=mp3
151 if you still want to output mp3's.
152* -l 2 is now just -l, LOWDISK=2 should now be LOWDISK=y
153* -V and -v are gone, abcde will now prompt you if you'd like to use Various
154 Artists handling, after showing you the cddb data.
155* -P is now '-a playlist,clean', PLAYLISTONLY=y is now
156 ACTIONS=playlist,clean
157* -p is now '-a playlist,move,clean', PLAYLIST=y is now
158 ACTIONS=playlist,move,clean
159* cddb-tool has been cleaned up a little bit. 'get' is now 'query' and
160 'read', and the tempfile handling has been removed.
161* ID3COMMENT is now COMMENT.
162* FreeDB is now the default CDDB database.
163
164
165REQUIREMENTS
166============
167
168abcde requires the following backend tools to work:
169
170* An Ogg/Vorbis encoder (oggenc, the default, or vorbize) or:
171* An MP3 encoder (lame, gogo, bladeenc, l3enc, etc). Any MP3 encoder that
172 takes two filenames on the command line, one for input, one for output,
173 will work.
174 You can get lame at: http://www.mp3dev.org/mp3/
175 You can get gogo at: http://homepage1.nifty.com/herumi/gogo_e.html
176 You can get BladeEnc at: http://bladeenc.mp3.no/
177 You can get a trial version of mp3enc at:
178 http://www.iis.fhg.de/amm/download/ or:
179* FLAC encoder (flac) or:
180* Ogg/Speex encoder (speexenc)
181* normalize for volume normalization.
182* CD Paranoia, an audio CD reading utility,
183* Or cdda2wav, the audio CD reading utility cdparanoia was born from,
184* Or dagrab, another audio CD reading utility.
185* cd-discid, a CDDB DiscID reading program. Formerly bundled with abcde.
186 It's available in Debian or http://www.hispalinux.es/~data/files/cd-discid/
187* An HTTP retrieval program: wget, fetch (FreeBSD) or curl (MacOSX)
188* id3, an id3 tagging program. Available at: http://lly.org/~rcw/id3/
189* id3v2, an id3 version 2.0 tagger. http://id3v2.sourceforge.net/
190* (optional) distmp3, a client/server for distributed mp3 encoding.
191 You can get distmp3 at http://wlug.westbo.se/medlprog/medlprog.html
192
193Potential problems:
194
195Having trouble getting cdparanoia to read from your drive as a user?
196Add yourself to the cdrom group, change the permissions on your cdrom device
197to 660, and if you have a SCSI cdrom drive, check the permissions on
198/dev/sg* as well.
199
200Running out of disk space for .wav files but don't want to use -l? Put them
201in a different location by adding WAVOUTPUTDIR=/some/other/path to your
202/etc/abcde.conf or ~/.abcde.conf.
203
204If abcde seems to be ignoring your configuration options or not running
205commands such as the encoder, you may have misquoted something. Config
206options such as the following do not work:
207
208LAMEOPTS=-h -k
209
210Try this instead:
211
212LAMEOPTS='-h -k'
213
214Abcde's new mailing list is abcde@listas.hispalinux.es. So far has not
215been actively used.
216The posts from non-subscribers are moderated to prevent spam.
217
218Archives of the old list are publically available at:
219http://lly.org/~rcw/abcde/list/current/threads.html
220
221Abcde's current page is at http://www.hispalinux.es/~data/abcde.php
222Abcde's new homepage will be at http://abcde.hispalinux.es/.
223Abcde's old homepage is at http://lly.org/~rcw/abcde/page/.
224--
225Robert Woodcock <rcw@debian.org>
226Jesus Climent <jesus.climent@hispalinux.es>