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NAME

       metaflac --       program to list, add, remove, or edit metadata in one
       or more FLAC files.

SYNOPSIS

       metaflac [options ]  [operations ]  FLACfile

DESCRIPTION

       Use metaflac to list, add, remove, or edit metadata in one or more FLAC
       files.   You  may  perform  one  major  operation,  or  many  shorthand
       operations at a time.

OPTIONS

       --preserve-modtime
                 Preserve the original modification time in spite of edits.

       --with-filename
                 Prefix each output line with the FLAC file name (the  default
                 if more than one FLAC file is specified).

       --no-filename
                 Do  not  prefix each output line with the FLAC file name (the
                 default if only one FLAC file is specified).

       --no-utf8-convert
                 Do not convert tags from UTF-8  to  local  charset,  or  vice
                 versa.  This  is  useful  for  scripts,  and  setting tags in
                 situations where the locale is wrong.

       --dont-use-padding
                 By default metaflac tries to use padding  where  possible  to
                 avoid rewriting the entire file if the metadata size changes.
                 Use this option to tell metaflac to  not  take  advantage  of
                 padding this way.

SHORTHAND OPERATIONS

       --show-md5sum
                 Show the MD5 signature from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-min-blocksize
                 Show the minimum block size from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-max-blocksize
                 Show the maximum block size from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-min-framesize
                 Show the minimum frame size from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-max-framesize
                 Show the maximum frame size from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-sample-rate
                 Show the sample rate from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-channels
                 Show the number of channels from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-bps
                 Show the # of bits per sample from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-total-samples
                 Show the total # of samples from the STREAMINFO block.

       --show-vendor-tag
                 Show the vendor string from the VORBIS_COMMENT block.

       --show-tag=name
                 Show all tags where the the field name matches 'name'.

       --remove-tag=name
                 Remove all tags whose field name is 'name'.

       --remove-first-tag=name
                 Remove first tag whose field name is 'name'.

       --remove-all-tags
                 Remove all tags, leaving only the vendor string.

       --set-tag=field
                 Add  a  tag.   The  field must comply with the Vorbis comment
                 spec, of the form "NAME=VALUE".  If there is currently no tag
                 block, one will be created.

       --set-tag-from-file=field
                 Like --set-tag, except the VALUE is a filename whose contents
                 will be read verbatim to set the  tag  value.   Unless  --no-
                 utf8-convert  is specified, the contents will be converted to
                 UTF-8 from the local charset.  This can be used  to  store  a
                 cuesheet      in     a     tag     (e.g.      --set-tag-from-
                 file="CUESHEET=image.cue").  Do not try to store binary  data
                 in tag fields!  Use APPLICATION blocks for that.

       --import-tags-from=file
                 Import  tags  from  a  file.   Use  '-' for stdin.  Each line
                 should be of the form NAME=VALUE.   Multi-line  comments  are
                 currently  not  supported.   Specify --remove-all-tags and/or
                 --no-utf8-convert before --import-tags-from if necessary.  If
                 FILE is '-' (stdin), only one FLAC file may be specified.

       --export-tags-to=file
                 Export  tags  to a file.  Use '-' for stdout.  Each line will
                 be of the  form  NAME=VALUE.   Specify  --no-utf8-convert  if
                 necessary.

       --import-cuesheet-from=file
                 Import  a cuesheet from a file.  Use '-' for stdin.  Only one
                 FLAC file may be specified.  A seekpoint will  be  added  for
                 each  index  point  in  the  cuesheet to the SEEKTABLE unless
                 --no-cued-seekpoints is specified.

       --export-cuesheet-to=file
                 Export CUESHEET block to a cuesheet file, suitable for use by
                 CD  authoring  software.   Use '-' for stdout.  Only one FLAC
                 file may be specified on the command line.

       --import-picture-from={FILENAME|SPECIFICATION}
                 Import a picture and store it in a  PICTURE  metadata  block.
                 More than one --import-picture-from command can be specified.
                 Either a filename for the picture file  or  a  more  complete
                 specification  form  can  be  used.   The  SPECIFICATION is a
                 string whose parts are  separated  by  |  (pipe)  characters.
                 Some  parts  may  be  left  empty  to  invoke default values.
                 FILENAME is just shorthand for "||||FILENAME".  The format of
                 SPECIFICATION is

                 [TYPE]|[MIME-
                 TYPE]|[DESCRIPTION]|[WIDTHxHEIGHTxDEPTH[/COLORS]]|FILE

                 TYPE is optional; it is a number from one of:

                 0: Other

                 1: 32x32 pixels 'file icon' (PNG only)

                 2: Other file icon

                 3: Cover (front)

                 4: Cover (back)

                 5: Leaflet page

                 6: Media (e.g. label side of CD)

                 7: Lead artist/lead performer/soloist

                 8: Artist/performer

                 9: Conductor

                 10: Band/Orchestra

                 11: Composer

                 12: Lyricist/text writer

                 13: Recording Location

                 14: During recording

                 15: During performance

                 16: Movie/video screen capture

                 17: A bright coloured fish

                 18: Illustration

                 19: Band/artist logotype

                 20: Publisher/Studio logotype

                 The default is 3  (front  cover).   There  may  only  be  one
                 picture each of type 1 and 2 in a file.

                 MIME-TYPE  is  optional;  if  left blank, it will be detected
                 from the file.  For  best  compatibility  with  players,  use
                 pictures  with  MIME  type image/jpeg or image/png.  The MIME
                 type can also be --> to mean that FILE is actually a  URL  to
                 an image, though this use is discouraged.

                 DESCRIPTION is optional; the default is an empty string.

                 The  next part specfies the resolution and color information.
                 If the MIME-TYPE is image/jpeg, image/png, or image/gif,  you
                 can  usually  leave  this empty and they can be detected from
                 the file.  Otherwise, you must specify the width  in  pixels,
                 height  in pixels, and color depth in bits-per-pixel.  If the
                 image has indexed colors you should also specify  the  number
                 of  colors  used.  When manually specified, it is not checked
                 against the file for accuracy.

                 FILE is the path to the picture file to be imported,  or  the
                 URL if MIME type is -->

                 For example, "|image/jpeg|||../cover.jpg" will embed the JPEG
                 file at ../cover.jpg, defaulting to type 3 (front cover)  and
                 an  empty description.  The resolution and color info will be
                 retrieved from the file itself.

                 The                                             specification
                 "4|-->|CD|320x300x24/173|http://blah.blah/backcover.tiff"
                 will  embed  the  given  URL,  with  type  4  (back   cover),
                 description  "CD",  and  a  manually  specified resolution of
                 320x300, 24 bits-per-pixel, and 173 colors.  The file at  the
                 URL  will  not  be  fetched;  the URL itself is stored in the
                 PICTURE metadata block.

       --export-picture-to=file
                 Export PICTURE block to a file.  Use '-'  for  stdout.   Only
                 one  FLAC  file  may  be  specified on the command line.  The
                 first PICTURE block will be exported unless --export-picture-
                 to  is  preceded  by a --block-number=# option to specify the
                 exact metadata block to extract.  Note that the block  number
                 is the one shown by --list.

       --add-replay-gain
                 Calculates  the title and album gains/peaks of the given FLAC
                 files as if all the files were part of one album, then stores
                 them  as  FLAC  tags.  The tags are the same as those used by
                 vorbisgain.  Existing ReplayGain tags will be  replaced.   If
                 only  one  FLAC file is given, the album and title gains will
                 be the same.  Since this operation requires two passes, it is
                 always  executed  last,  after all other operations have been
                 completed and written to disk.  All FLAC files specified must
                 have   the  same  resolution,  sample  rate,  and  number  of
                 channels.  The sample rate must be one of 8, 11.025, 12,  16,
                 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz.

       --remove-replay-gain
                 Removes the ReplayGain tags.

       --add-seekpoint={#|X|#x|#s}
                 Add  seek points to a SEEKTABLE block.  Using #, a seek point
                 at that sample number is added.  Using X, a placeholder point
                 is  added  at  the  end  of  a the table.  Using #x, # evenly
                 spaced seek points will be added, the first being  at  sample
                 0.   Using  #s,  a seekpoint will be added every # seconds (#
                 does not have to be a whole number; it can be,  for  example,
                 9.5, meaning a seekpoint every 9.5 seconds).  If no SEEKTABLE
                 block exists, one will be created.  If  one  already  exists,
                 points   will  be  added  to  the  existing  table,  and  any
                 duplicates will be turned into placeholder points.   You  may
                 use  many  --add-seekpoint  options;  the resulting SEEKTABLE
                 will be the unique-ified union of all such values.   Example:
                 --add-seekpoint=100x --add-seekpoint=3.5s will add 100 evenly
                 spaced seekpoints and a seekpoint every 3.5 seconds.

       --add-padding=length
                 Add a padding block of the  given  length  (in  bytes).   The
                 overall length of the new block will be 4 + length; the extra
                 4 bytes is for the metadata block header.

MAJOR OPERATIONS

       --list    List the contents of one or more metadata blocks  to  stdout.
                 By  default,  all  metadata blocks are listed in text format.
                 Use the following options to change this behavior:

                 --block-number=#[,#[...]]
                           An optional comma-separated list of  block  numbers
                           to display.  The first block, the STREAMINFO block,
                           is block 0.

                 --block-type=type[,type[...]]

                 --except-block-type=type[,type[...]]
                           An optional comma-separated list of block types  to
                           be  included or ignored with this option.  Use only
                           one of --block-type  or  --except-block-type.   The
                           valid   block   types   are:  STREAMINFO,  PADDING,
                           APPLICATION, SEEKTABLE,  VORBIS_COMMENT.   You  may
                           narrow   down   the  types  of  APPLICATION  blocks
                           displayed as follows:

                           APPLICATION:abcd         The  APPLICATION  block(s)
                           whose  textual repre- sentation of the 4-byte ID is
                           "abcd"  APPLICATION:0xXXXXXXXX    The   APPLICATION
                           block(s)     whose    hexadecimal    big-    endian
                           representation of the 4-byte  ID  is  "0xXXXXXXXX".
                           For   the  example  "abcd"  above  the  hexadecimal
                           equivalalent is 0x61626364

                        Note:

                                  if both --block-number and --[except-]block-
                                  type   are  specified,  the  result  is  the
                                  logical AND of both arguments.

                 --application-data-format=hexdump|text
                           If  the  application  block  you   are   displaying
                           contains  binary  data but your --data-format=text,
                           you can display a hex dump of the application  data
                           contents    instead    using    --application-data-
                           format=hexdump.

       --remove  Remove one or more metadata blocks from the metadata.  Unless
                 --dont-use-padding  is specified, the blocks will be replaced
                 with padding.  You may not remove the STREAMINFO block.

                 --block-number=#[,#[...]]

                 --block-type=type[,type[...]]

                 --except-block-type=type[,type[...]]
                           See --list above for usage.

                        Note:

                                  if both --block-number and --[except-]block-
                                  type   are  specified,  the  result  is  the
                                  logical AND of both arguments.

       --remove-all
                 Remove all metadata blocks (except the STREAMINFO block) from
                 the  metadata.   Unless  --dont-use-padding is specified, the
                 blocks will be replaced with padding.

       --merge-padding
                 Merge adjacent PADDING blocks into single blocks.

       --sort-padding
                 Move all PADDING blocks to the end of the metadata and  merge
                 them into a single block.

SEE ALSO

       flac(1).

                                                                   METAFLAC(1)