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       abcde  -  Grab  an  entire  CD  and  compress it to Ogg/Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, Ogg/Speex, AAC,
       WavPack, Monkey's Audio (ape), MPP/MP+(Musepack), True Audio (tta), MP2 format and/or AIFF
       (Audio Interchange File Format).


       abcde [options] [tracks]


       Ordinarily,  the  process  of  grabbing the data off a CD and encoding it, then tagging or
       commenting it, is very involved.  abcde is designed to automate  this.  It  will  take  an
       entire CD and convert it into a compressed audio format - Ogg/Vorbis, MPEG Audio Layer III
       (MP3), Free Lossless Audio  Codec  (FLAC),  Ogg/Speex,  MPP/MP+(Musepack),  M4A  (AAC)  wv
       (WavPack), Monkey's Audio (ape), Opus, True Audio (tta), MPEG Audio Layer II (MP2) or AIFF
       (Audio Interchange File Format) format(s).  With one command, it will:

       *      Do a CDDB or Musicbrainz query over the Internet to  look  up  your  CD  or  use  a
              locally stored CDDB entry, or read CD-TEXT from your CD if it's available

       *      Download   the  album  art  appropriate  for  your  music  tracks  with  many  user
              configurable options for download and post download alterations including automated
              embedding of the album art for some containers

       *      Grab an audio track (or all the audio CD tracks) from your CD

       *      Normalize the volume of the individual file (or the album as a single unit)

       *      Compress to Ogg/Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, Ogg/Speex, MPP/MP+(Musepack), M4A, wv (WavPack),
              Monkey's Audio (ape),  Opus  format(s),  True  Audio  (tta),  MP2  or  AIFF  (Audio
              Interchange File Format) all in one CD read

       *      Comment or ID3/ID3v2 tag

       *      Give an intelligible filename

       *      Calculate replaygain values for the individual file (or the album as a single unit)

       *      Delete the intermediate WAV file (or save it for later use)

       *      Repeat until finished

       Alternatively,  abcde  can  also  grab  a  CD  and turn it into a single FLAC file with an
       embedded cuesheet which can be user later on as a source for other formats,  and  will  be
       treated as if it was the original CD. In a way, abcde can take a compressed backup of your
       CD collection.


       -1     Encode the whole CD in a single file. The resulting file  uses  the  CD  title  for
              tagging. If the resulting format is a flac file with an embedded cuesheet, the file
              can be used as a source for creating other formats. Use "-1 -o flac -a default,cue"
              for obtaining such a file.

       -a [actions]
              Comma-delimited list of actions to perform. Can be one or more of: cddb, cue, read,
              getalbumart, embedalbumart, normalize, encode,  tag,  move,  replaygain,  playlist,
              clean.  Normalize  and  encode  imply  read.  Tag  implies cddb, read, encode. Move
              implies cddb, read, encode, tag. Replaygain implies cddb,  read,  encode,  tag  and
              move.  Playlist implies cddb. embedalbumart implies getalbumart.  The default is to
              do all actions except cue, normalize, replaygain,  getalbumart,  embedalbumart  and

       -b     Enable batch mode normalization. See the BATCHNORM configuration variable.

       -B     Enable  automatic embedding of album art with certain containers. As of abcde 2.8.2
              supported containers are mp3 (using  eyeD3),  flac  (using  metaflac),  m4a  (using
              AtomicParsley),  WavPack  aka  wv  (using  wvtag)  and experimental support for ogg
              (using  vorbiscomment).  This  command  line  option  also  calls  the  getalbumart
              function.  Further  details of album art embedding using the embedalbumart function
              can be found in the abcde FAQ document packaged with abcde.

       -c [filename]
              Specifies an additional configuration file to parse. Configuration options in  this
              file override those in /etc/abcde.conf or $HOME/.abcde.conf.

       -C [discid]
              Allows  you to resume a session for discid when you no longer have the CD available
              (abcde will automatically resume if you still have the CD in the drive).  You  must
              have already finished at least the "read" action during the previous session.

       -d [devicename | filename]
              CD-ROM block device that contains audio tracks to be read. Alternatively, a single-
              track flac file with embedded cuesheet.

       -D     Capture debugging information (you'll  want  to  redirect  this  -  try  'abcde  -D

       -e     Erase  information  about  encoded  tracks from the internal status file, to enable
              other encodings if the wav files have been kept.

       -f     Force the removal of the temporary ABCDETEMPDIR directory, even when  we  have  not
              finished.  For  example, one can read and encode several formats, including ´.ogg´,
              and later on execute a ´move´ action with only one  of  the  given  formats.  On  a
              normal  situation  it  would erase the rest of those encoded formats. In this case,
              abcde will refuse to execute such command, except if -f is used.

       -g     Enable lame's --nogap option.  See the  NOGAP  variable.  WARNING:  lame's  --nogap
              disables  the  Xing  mp3  tag.   This  tag is required for mp3 players to correctly
              display track lengths when playing variable-bit-rate mp3 files.

       -G     Download album  art  using  the  getalbumart  function.  This  is  best  done  with
              CDDBMETHOD   including   musicbrainz   and  requires  the  installation  of  glyrc.
              ImageMagick is an optional but  highly  recommended  package.  Further  details  of
              getalbumart can be found in the abcde FAQ document packaged with abcde.

       -h     Get help information.

       -j [number]
              Start  [number]  encoder  processes  at once. Useful for SMP systems. Overrides the
              MAXPROCS configuration variable. Set it to "0" when using distmp3  to  avoid  local
              encoding processes.

       -k     Keep the wav files after encoding.

       -l     Use the low-diskspace algorithm. See the LOWDISK configuration variable.

       -L     Use a local CDDB repository. See CDDBLOCALDIR variable.

       -m     Create  DOS-style  playlists,  modifying  the  resulting  one  by  adding CRLF line
              endings. Some hardware players insist on having those to work.

       -n     Do not query CDDB database. Create and use a template. Edit the template to provide
              song names, artist(s), ...

       -N     Non interactive mode. Do not ask anything from the user. Just go ahead.

       -o [filetype][:filetypeoptions]
              Select output type. Can be "vorbis" (or "ogg"), "mp3", "flac", "spx", "mpc", "m4a",
              "wav", "wv", "ape", "opus", "mka" or "aiff".  Specify  a  comma-delimited  list  of
              output  types  to  obtain  all  specified  types.  See the OUTPUTTYPE configuration
              variable. One can pass options to the  encoder  for  a  specific  filetype  on  the
              command line separating them with a colon. The options must be escaped with double-

       -p     Pads track numbers with 0´s.

       -P     Use Unix PIPES to read and encode in one step (USEPIPES).  This  disables  multiple
              encodings, since the WAV audio file is never stored in the disc. For more detail on
              this option see the FAQ document in the source tarball.

       -r [hosts...]
              Remote encode on this comma-delimited list  of  machines  using  distmp3.  See  the
              REMOTEHOSTS configuration variable.

       -s [fields...]
              List,  separated  by  commas,  the  fields  to be shown in the CDDB parsed entries.
              Right now it only uses "year" and "genre".

       -S [speed]
              Set the speed of the CD drive. Needs CDSPEED and CDSPEEDOPTS set properly and  both
              the program and device must support the capability.

       -t [number]
              Start  the numbering of the tracks at a given number. It only affects the filenames
              and the playlist. Internal (tag) numbering remains the same.

       -T [number]
              Same as -t but changes also the internal (tag) numbering. Keep  in  mind  that  the
              default TRACK tag for MP3 is $T/$TRACKS so it is changed to simply $T.

       -U     Set  CDDBPROTO  to  version  5,  so  that  we  retrieve  ISO-8859-15  encoded  CDDB
              information, and we tag and add comments with Latin1 encoding.

       -v     Show the version and exit

       -V     Be more verbose. On slow networks  the  CDDB  requests  might  give  the  sensation
              nothing is happening. Add this more than once to make things even more verbose.

       -x     Eject  the  CD  when  all  tracks  have  been  read.  See the EJECTCD configuration

       -X [cue2discid]
              Use an alternative "cue2discid" implementation. The name  of  the  binary  must  be
              exactly  that.  abcde  comes  with  an  implementation in python under the examples
              directory. The special keyword "builtin" forces the usage of the internal (default)
              implementation in shell script.

       -w [comment]
              Add  a  comment  to  the tracks ripped from the CD. If you wish to use parentheses,
              these will need to be escaped. i.e. you have to write "\(" instead of "(".

       -W [number]
              Concatenate CD´s. It uses the number provided to define a comment  "CD  #"  and  to
              modify  the  numbering  of the tracks, starting with "#01". For Ogg/Vorbis and FLAC
              files, it also defines a DISCNUMBER tag.

       -z     DEBUG mode: it will rip, using cdparanoia, the very first second of each track  and
              proceed  with  the  actions  requested  very  quickly, also providing some "hidden"
              information about what happens on  the  background.  CAUTION:  IT  WILL  ERASE  ANY

              A  list  of  tracks  you want abcde to process. If this isn't specified, abcde will
              process the entire CD. Accepts ranges of track numbers  -  "abcde  1-5  7  9"  will
              process tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9.


       Each  track  is,  by  default,  placed  in  a  separate  file  named  after the track in a
       subdirectory named after the artist under the current  directory.  This  can  be  modified
       using the OUTPUTFORMAT and VAOUTPUTFORMAT variables in your abcde.conf. Each file is given
       an extension identifying  its compression format, 'vorbis' for  '.ogg',  '.mp3',  '.flac',
       '.spx', '.mpc', '.wav', '.wv', '.ape', '.opus', '.mka' or 'aiff'.


       abcde  sources two configuration files on startup - /etc/abcde.conf and $HOME/.abcde.conf,
       in that order.

       The configuration options stated in  those  files  can  be  overridden  by  providing  the
       appropriate flags at runtime.

       The configuration variables have to be set as follows:

              Except when "value" needs to be quoted or otherwise interpreted. If other variables
              within "value" are to be expanded upon reading the configuration file, then  double
              quotes  should  be  used.  If  they  are only supposed to be expanded upon use (for
              example OUTPUTFORMAT) then single quotes must be used.

       All shell escaping/quoting rules apply.

       Here is a list of options abcde recognizes:

              Specifies the methods we want to use  to  retrieve  the  track  information.  Three
              values  are  recognized:  "cddb",  "musicbrainz" and "cdtext". List all the methods
              desired in a comma delimited list and abcde will attempt them all, returning a list
              of  all  search results. The "cddb" value needs the CDDBURL and HELLOINFO variables
              described below. The  "musicbrainz"  value  uses  the  Perl  helper  script  abcde-
              musicbrainz-tool  to  establish  a  conversation  with  the  Musicbrainz server for
              information retrieval. "cdtext" needs "icedax" or "cdda2wav" to be installed.

              Specifies a server to use for CDDB lookups.

              Specifies the protocol version used for the CDDB retrieval of  results.  Version  6
              retrieves CDDB entries in UTF-8 format.

              Specifies  the  Hello  information  to  send  to the CDDB server. The CDDB protocol
              requires you to send a valid username and  hostname  each  time  you  connect.  The
              format of this is username@hostname.

              Specifies  a  directory where we store a local CDDB repository. The entries must be
              standard CDDB entries, with the filename being the DISCID value. Other  CD  playing
              and  ripping  programs  (like Grip) store the entries under ~/.cddb and we can make
              use of those entries.

              Specifies if the CDDBLOCALDIR has to be searched recursively trying to find a match
              for  the  CDDB  entry.  If  a  match  is  found  and selected, and CDDBCOPYLOCAL is
              selected, it will be copied to the root of the CDDBLOCALDIR if  CDDBLOCALPOLICY  is
              "modified" or "new". The default "y" is needed for the local CDDB search to work.

              Defines  when  a  CDDB  entry  should  be  stored  in the defined CDDBLOCALDIR. The
              possible policies are: "net" for a CDDB entry which has been received from the  net
              (overwriting  any  possible  local  CDDB  entry);  "new" for a CDDB entry which was
              received from the net, but will request confirmation  to  overwrite  a  local  CDDB
              entry  found in the root of the CDDBLOCALDIR directory; "modified" for a CDDB entry
              found in the local repository but which has been modified by the user; and "always"
              which  forces  the  CDDB entry to be stored back in the root of the CDDBLOCALDIR no
              matter where it was found, and no matter it was not edited.  This last option  will
              always  overwrite the one found in the root of the local repository (if any). STILL
              NOT WORKING!!

              Store local copies of the CDDB entries under the $CDDBLOCALDIR directory.

              Actually use the stored copies of the CDDB entries. Can  be  overridden  using  the
              "-L"  flag  (if  is  CDDBUSELOCAL in "n"). If an entry is found, we always give the
              choice of retrieving a CDDB entry from the internet.

              Coma-separated list of fields we want to parse during the CDDB  parsing.   Defaults
              to "year,genre".

              Specifies the style of encoder to use for the Ogg/Vorbis encoder. Valid options are
              ´oggenc´ (default for Ogg/Vorbis) and ´vorbize´.  This affects the default location
              of  the  binary,  the variable to pick encoder command-line options from, and where
              the options are given.

              Specifies the style of encoder to use for the MP3 encoder. Valid options are ´lame´
              (default  for MP3), ´gogo´, ´bladeenc´, ´l3enc´ and ´mp3enc´.  Affects the same way
              as explained above for Ogg/Vorbis.

              Specifies the style of encoder to use for the FLAC  encoder.  At  this  point  only
              ´flac´ is available for FLAC encoding.

              Specifies  the style of encoder to use for the MPEG-1 Audio Layer II (MP2) encoder.
              At this point both ´twolame´ and ´ffmpeg´ are available for MP2 encoding.

              Specifies the style of encoder to  use  for  Speex  encoder.  At  this  point  only
              ´speexenc´ is available for Ogg/Speex encoding.

              Specifies the style of encoder to use for MPP/MP+ (Musepack) encoder. At this point
              we only have ´mpcenc´ available, from

              Specifies the style of encoder to use for M4A (AAC) encoder. We support ´fdkaac´ as
              ´default´  as  well  as  FFmpeg or avconv, neroAacEnc, qaac and fhgaacenc. If qaac,
              refalac or FFmpeg / avconv are used it is also possible to generate Apple  Lossless
              Audio  Codec  (alac)  files.  Note  that  qaac,  refalac  and fhgaacenc are Windows
              applications which require Wine to be installed.

              Specifies the style of encoder to use for True Audio  (tts)  encoding.  We  support
              ´tta´ as default but the older ´ttaenc´ can be used as well.

              Specifies  the  style  of  encoder  to  use  for  WavPack.  We support ´wavpack´ as
              ´default´ but ´ffmpeg' is the other option (Note that this is for  FFmpeg  only  as
              avconv does not have a native WavPack encoder).

              Specifies  the  style of encoder to use for Monkey's Audio (ape). We support ´mac´,
              Monkey's Audio Console, as ´default´.

              Specifies the style of encoder to use for the Opus  encoder.  At  this  point  only
              ´opusenc´ is available for Opus encoding.

              Specifies  the  style  of encoder to use for the Matroska or mka container. At this
              point only ´ffmpeg´ is available to utilise the mka container.  Safe  audio  codecs
              for mka include Vorbis, MP2, MP3, LC-AAC, HE-AAC, WMAv1, WMAv2, AC3, eAC3 and Opus.
              See the FAQ document for more information.

              Specifies the style of encoder to use for Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF).  At
              this point only ´ffmpeg´ is available to utilise the AIFF container.

              Specifies  the  style  of  normalizer  to  use.   Valid  options  are ´default´ and
              ´normalize' (and both run ´normalize-audio´), since we only support it, ATM.

              Specifies the style of  cdrom  reader  to  use.  Valid  options  are  ´cdparanoia´,
              ´libcdio'  ´debug´  and ´flac´. It is used for querying the CDROM and obtain a list
              of valid tracks and DATA tracks. The special ´flac´ case  is  u  sed  to  "rip"  CD
              tracks from a single-track flac file.

              Specifies  the  syntax of the program we use to read the CD CUE sheet. Right now we
              only support ´mkcue´, but in the future other readers might be used.

              It defaults to no, so if you want to keep those wavs ripped from your CD, set it to
              "y".  You  can  use the "-k" switch in the command line. The default behaviour with
              KEEPWAVS set is to keep the temporary directory and the wav  files  even  you  have
              requested the "clean" action.

              If  set  to  "y",  it adds 0's to the file numbers to complete a two-number holder.
              Useful when encoding tracks 1-9.

              Set to "n" if you want to perform automatic rips, without user intervention.

              Define the values  for  priorities  (nice  values)  for  the  different  CPU-hungry
              processes:  encoding  (ENCNICE), CDROM read (READNICE) and distributed encoder with
              distmp3 (DISTMP3NICE).

              The following configuration file options specify the pathnames of their  respective

              If you wish to specify command-line options to any of the programs abcde uses,  set
              the   following   configuration  file  options:  LAMEOPTS,  GOGOOPTS,  AIFFENCOPTS,

              Set  the  value  of the CDROM speed. The default is to read the disc as fast as the
              reading program and the system permits. The steps are defined as 150kB/s (1x).

              The default actions to be performed when reading a disc.

       CDROM  If set, it points to the CD-Rom device which has to be used for  audio  extraction.
              Abcde  tries  to guess the right device, but it may fail. The special ´flac´ option
              is defined to extract tracks from a single-track flac file.

              Defined as "d" when using cdparanoia  with  an  IDE  bus  and  as  "g"  when  using
              cdparanoia with the ide-scsi emulation layer.

              Specifies the directory to place completed tracks/playlists in.

              Specifies the temporary directory to store .wav files in. Abcde may use up to 700MB
              of temporary space for each session (although it is rare to use over  100MB  for  a
              machine that can encode music as fast as it can read it).

              Specifies  the  encoding  format  to  output,  as well as the default extension and
              encoder. Defaults to "vorbis". Valid settings are "vorbis" (or "ogg") (Ogg/Vorbis),
              "mp3"  (MPEG-1  Audio Layer III), "flac" (Free Lossless Audio Codec), "mp2" (MPEG-1
              Audio Layer III), "spx" (Ogg/Speex),  "mpc"  (MPP/MP+  (Musepack),  "m4a"  (AAC  or
              ALAC),"wv"  (WavPack"),  "wav" (Microsoft Waveform), "opus" (Opus Interactive Audio
              Codec), "tta" (True Audio), "mka" (Matroska)  or  "aiff"  (Audio  Interchange  File
              Format).  Values  like  "vorbis,mp3"  encode  the tracks in both Ogg/Vorbis and MP3
              formats. For example:
              For each value in OUTPUTTYPE, abcde  expands  a  different  process  for  encoding,
              tagging  and  moving,  so  you  can  use  the format placeholder, OUTPUT, to create
              different subdirectories to hold the different types. The variable OUTPUT  will  be
              'vorbis', 'mp3', 'flac', 'spx', 'mpc', 'm4a', mp2, 'wv', 'ape', 'tta', 'wav',

              Specifies  the  format  for  completed  Ogg/Vorbis,  MP3,  FLAC, Ogg/Speex, MPP/MP+
              (Musepack) or M4A filenames. Variables are included using  standard  shell  syntax.
              Allowed  variables are GENRE, ALBUMFILE, ARTISTFILE, TRACKFILE, TRACKNUM, and YEAR.
              Default is ´${ARTISTFILE}-${ALBUMFILE}/${TRACKNUM}-${TRACKFILE}´.  Make sure to use
              single quotes around this variable. TRACKNUM is automatically zero-padded, when the
              number of encoded tracks is higher than 9. When lower, you can force with  '-p'  in
              the command line.

              Just   like   OUTPUTFORMAT   but   for   Various  Artists  discs.  The  default  is

              Just like OUTPUTFORMAT but for single-track rips (see option "-1"). The default  is

              Just  like  ONETRACKOUTPUTFORMAT  but  for  Various  Artists  discs. The default is

              Defines how many encoders to run at once. This  makes  for  huge  speedups  on  SMP
              systems.  You  should  run  one  encoder  per  CPU  at once for maximum efficiency,
              although more doesn't hurt very much. Set  it  "0"  when  using  mp3dist  to  avoid
              getting encoding processes in the local host.

              If  set  to  y,  conserves  disk space by encoding tracks immediately after reading
              them. This is substantially slower  than  normal  operation  but  requires  several
              hundred  MB  less  space to complete the encoding of an entire CD. Use only if your
              system is low on space and cannot encode as quickly as it can read.

              Note that this option may also help when reading a CD with errors. This is  because
              on  a  scratchy  disk reading is quite timing sensitive and this option reduces the
              background load on the  system  which  allows  the  ripping  program  more  precise

              If  set  to  y,  enables  batch mode normalization, which preserves relative volume
              differences between tracks of an album. Also enables nogap encoding when using  the
              ´lame´ encoder.

       NOGAP  Activate  the lame's --nogap option, that allows files found in CDs with no silence
              between songs (such as live  concerts)  to  be  encoded  without  noticeable  gaps.
              WARNING:  lame's  --nogap  disables the Xing mp3 tag.  This tag is required for mp3
              players to correctly display  track  lengths  when  playing  variable-bit-rate  mp3

              Specifies  the format for completed playlist filenames. Works like the OUTPUTFORMAT
              configuration variable. Default is ´${ARTISTFILE}_-_${ALBUMFILE}.m3u´.   Make  sure
              to use single quotes around this variable.

              Specifies a prefix for filenames within a playlist. Useful for http playlists, etc.

              If  set,  the  resulting  playlist  will  have  CR-LF  line endings, needed by some
              hardware-based players.

              Specifies a comment to embed in the ID3 or  Ogg  comment  field  of  each  finished
              track.  Can  be up to 28 characters long. Supports the same syntax as OUTPUTFORMAT.
              Does not currently support ID3v2.

              Specifies a comma-delimited list of  systems  to  use  for  remote  encoding  using
              distmp3. Equivalent to -r.

              mungefilename()  is  an abcde shell function that can be overridden via abcde.conf.
              It takes CDDB data as $1 and outputs the resulting filename on stdout. It  defaults
              to deleting any preceding dots to filename, replacing spaces with an underscore and
              eating characters which variously Windows and Linux do not permit.
              If you modify this function, it is probably a good idea to keep the  forward  slash
              munging  (UNIX  cannot  store  a file with a '/' char in it) as well as the control
              character munging (NULs can't be in a filename either, and  newlines  and  such  in
              filenames are typically not desirable).
              New to abcde 2.7.3 are the user definable functions mungetrackname, mungeartistname
              and mungealbumname which  default  to  mungefilename.  These  permit  finer-grained
              control of track name, artist name and album name for the ultra-fastidious.

              mungegenre  () is a shell function used to modify the $GENRE variable. As a default
              action, it takes $GENRE as $1 and outputs the resulting value to stdout  converting
              all UPPERCASE characters to lowercase.

              pre_read  () is a shell function which is executed before the CDROM is read for the
              first time, during abcde execution. It can be used to close the CDROM tray, to  set
              its speed (via "setcd" or via "eject", if available) and other preparation actions.
              The default function is empty.

              post_read () is a shell function which is executed after the CDROM is read (and, if
              applies, before the CDROM is ejected). It can be used to read a TOC from the CDROM,
              or to try to read the DATA areas from the CD (if any exist).  The default  function
              is empty.

              post_encode  ()  is  a shell function which is executed after the encoding process.
              It can be used to move completed files to another location, run any sort of testing
              on  the  completed  files  or embed album art if the built in embedding provided by
              abcde's embedalbumart function is not to  your  taste.   The  default  function  is

              If set to "y", abcde will call eject(1) to eject the cdrom from the drive after all
              tracks have been read. It has no effect when CDROM is set to a flac file.

              If set to "1", some operations which are usually now shown  to  the  end  user  are
              visible,  such  as  CDDB queries. Useful for initial debug and if your network/CDDB
              server is slow. Set to "2" or more for even more verbose output.


       Possible ways one can call abcde:

       abcde  Will work in most systems

       abcde -d /dev/cdrom2
              If the CDROM you are reading from is not  the  standard  /dev/cdrom  (in  GNU/Linux

       abcde -o vorbis,flac
              Will create both Ogg/Vorbis and Ogg/FLAC files.

       abcde -o vorbis:"-b 192"
              Will  pass  "-b 192" to the Ogg/Vorbis encoder, without having to modify the config

       abcde -o mp3,flac,m4a,wv,ogg -B
              abcde will create mp3, flac, m4a, wv and ogg files and also select  suitable  album
              art, download and embed the album art into all 5 sets of tracks.

       abcde -W 1
              For double+ CD settings: will create the 1st CD starting with the track number 101,
              and will add a comment "CD 1" to the tracks, the second starting with  201  and  so

       abcde -d singletrack.flac -o vorbis:"-q 6"
              Will  extract  the  files  contained  in  singletrack  FLAC file using the embedded
              cuesheet and then encode the output files to Ogg/Vorbis with a quality  setting  of


       abcde requires the following backend tools to work:

       *      An Ogg/Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, Ogg/Speex, MPP/MP+(Musepack), M4A encoder or Opus encoder
              (oggenc, vorbize, lame, gogo, bladeenc,  l3enc,  mp3enc,  flac,  speexenc,  mpcenc,
              fdkaac, neroAacEnc, faac, wavpack, opusenc).

       *      An  audio  CD reading utility (cdparanoia, icedax, cdda2wav, libcdio (cd-paranoia),
              pird, dagrab). To read CD-TEXT information, icedax or cdda2wav will be needed.

       *      cd-discid, a CDDB DiscID reading program.

       *      An HTTP retrieval program: wget, fetch (FreeBSD) or curl (Mac OS X, among  others).
              Alternatively,  abcde-musicbrainz-tool  (which depends on Perl and some Musicbrainz
              libraries) can be used to retrieve CDDB information about the CD.

       *      (for MP3s) id3 or eyeD3, id3 v1 and v2 tagging programs.

       *      For Monkey's Audio (ape) tagging Robert Muth's 'apetag' is required.

       *      To retrieve album art a glyrc package is required and  optionally  the  ImageMagick
              package should be installed.

       *      (optional) distmp3, a client/server for distributed mp3 encoding.

       *      (optional) normalize-audio, a WAV file volume normalizer.

       *      (optional)  a  replaygain  file  volume  modifier  (vorbisgain,  metaflac, mp3gain,
              mpcgain, wvgain),

       *      (optional) mkcue, a CD cuesheet extractor.


       cdparanoia(1), cd-paranoia(1)  icedax(1),  cdda2wav(1),  twolame(1),  mid3v2(1),  pird(1),
       dagrab(1),  normalize-audio(1),  oggenc(1),  vorbize(1),  flac(1), speexenc(1), mpcenc(1),
       faac(1), fdkaac(1), identify(1), display(1), convert(1), wavpack(1), wvgain(1),  wvtag(1),
       id3(1),  eyeD3(1),  wget(1),  fetch(1), cd-discid(1), distmp3(1), distmp3host(1), curl(1),
       mkcue(1), vorbisgain(1), mp3gain(1)


       The CDDB metadata format is used a lot by abcde, both for  lookups  and  internally.  It's
       documented online at


       Robert  Woodcock  <>,  Jesus  Climent  <>,  Colin
       Tuckley   <>,   Steve   McIntyre   <>,   Andrew    Strong
       <> and contributions from many others.