[Abcde-users] Submitting data to CDDB/FreeDB

Gabriel Rosenkoetter gr at eclipsed.net
Thu Apr 18 08:24:16 BST 2019

On 2019-04-18 02:15 EDT, Christian Weiske wrote:
> I did look into the FreeDB submission process.
> You have to send an e-mail to a certain address, the subject has to
> have a certain structure, and the body must be in a certain format.
> The format is the same that you get in your editor when abcde cannot
> find meta data online.
> After manually editing that temporary meta data file, is there a way to
> get its contents back after abcde has used it to tag the files?
> This would be the first step for manual submission.

Without (given it's 03:00 for me locally) even taking a glance at the
code: yes. But abcde probably treats that as a transient file and nukes
it when it's done with it. That's obviously easy to handle differently,
as a fallback, but:

> The API reference is hidden in a zip file at
> http://www.freedb.org/en/download__miscellaneous.11.html
> and is called "freedb howto v1.07".
> It basically tells you to do a POST request to a certain URL with the
> meta data file mentioned above as body.

Cool! So… "we" (by which I mean abcde) should just Do That, probably.

I'm still juggling a few things personally, but I might be more familiar
with some of the underpinnings than you are…? If you'd like to just go
fix this, please do (and I'll be happy to review any patches, not that
I'm anybody's idea of an "authority"), but if you've got better things
to do, maybe shoot an email reminder at me directly in a couple weeks,
if I haven't actually just done the thing?

This seems like a pretty trivial API interaction, but also a non-trivial
UI/UX change. It's the latter bit that I think bears community
consideration. Right?

Gabriel Rosenkoetter
gr at eclipsed.net

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