[Abcde-users] questions about cddb files

Ince, Wilbur wilbur at wilbur.us
Sat May 22 17:05:09 BST 2021

I'd be interested to see your automation scripts, I'll try to share some
work I've done to automate the process.


On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 8:25 PM Dan Hargens <dhargens at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've been using abcde for quite a while, and enjoy using it. Thanks for
> taking the time to make it in the first place. I've used it to rip 1192 CDs
> and I'm still going.
> 2 concerns: I've been trying to understand something about how abcde uses
> the cddb files.
> 1.
> A Long Time Ago the filenames used to be long - 28-characters, the same as
> the "DISCID=" line inside the file. I think maybe it's the MusicBrainz
> format.
> More recently, they're now the short form (8 chars), the same as the first
> field returned from cd-discid.
> Why is this? Was it related to when freedb dropped?
> 2.
> As part of my process of automating rips, I wrote a script that uses abcde
> to first only retrieve the disc info (cddb), which it then cleans up and
> changes smart-quotes to stupid ones, fixes weird album titles and other
> things, then does the full rip using abcde again (this saves me from having
> to re-rip it because I don't like the defaults or something). Sometimes the
> filename is NOT the first field returned from cd-discid, but something else
> (but still 8 chars long).
> Why is this? How do I know what the 'new' filename is that I need to use?
> To clean up the file, I assume the cd-discid is right and use that. That
> doesn't work when the name changes. I suppose I could use the most-recent
> file in the directory, but that assumes I'm not editing other files for a
> re-rip (maybe I needed to manually change the title, or some other such
> reason), but this feels sloppy somehow. Any suggestions on how to handle
> this?
> Thanks in advance,
> Dan
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