[CentOS] k3b -> cddb doesn't work

Mon Aug 19 13:58:26 UTC 2013
Joerg Schilling <Joerg.Schilling at fokus.fraunhofer.de>

ken <gebser at mousecar.com> wrote:

> > If you are using this bad fork that is from September 2004 - 9 years ago, you
> > suffer from many problems, like incomplete documentation and many bugs  that
> > cannot be found in the original software.
> cdrecord and readcd are both part of this package:
> $ rpm -qi cdrecord
> Name        : cdrecord                     Relocations: (not relocatable)
> Version     : 2.01                              Vendor: CentOS
> Release     : 10.7.el5                      Build Date: Thu 26 Feb 2009 
> 06:30:50 PM EST
> Install Date: Mon 05 Sep 2011 03:03:56 PM EDT      Build Host: 
> chamkaur.karan.org
> Group       : Applications/Archiving        Source RPM: 
> cdrtools-2.01-10.7.el5.src.rpm
> Size        : 1383954                          License: GPL
> Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Sun 08 Mar 2009 09:45:19 PM EDT, Key ID 
> a8a447dce8562897
> Packager    : Karanbir Singh <kbsingh at karan.org>
> URL         : http://cdrecord.berlios.de/old/private/cdrecord.html
> Summary     : A command line CD/DVD recording program.
> Description :
> ....
> The "Description" states nothing about it being from a bad fork from 
> 2004.  :)  So how would anyone know?

You will not get useful version information from calling "rpm".

There is nothing like: cdrtools-2.01-10.7.el5

If you like to know what you are using, I recommend to call:

cdrecord -version
cdda2wav -version
readcd -version
mkisofs -version

If you are using original software, you will see someting like:

Cdrecord-ProDVD-ProBD-Clone 3.01a16 (i386-pc-solaris2.11) Copyright (C) 1995-2013 Joerg Schilling

If one of the commends does not print a message like this, you should be 

BTW: cdrtools-2.01 is from September 2004.

> > Programs like grip and cdparanoia don't care about the usability of the
> > extracted files for later burning tasks and they are not able to extract so
> > called "un-CDs".
> >
> > cdda2wav knows about the writing process, feteches cddb data and includes a
> > bug-fixed libparanoia.
> >
> > Recent man pages also contain several related examples. Did you read a recent
> > manpage and follow the EXAMPLE section?
> I don't know what is meant here by "recent".  Which is the earliest 
> version which contains the functionality required?

The features in question are in since a longer time, but if you are on a Linux 
distro that does not deliver up-to-date software, you should expect that there 
are bugs in your version that never have been in the original software.

Since 2004, the man pages have been completely rewritten for better 
readability, the features have been massively enhanced (they did more than double
since September 2004) and many bugs have been fixed. In January 2010, cdda2wav 
e.g. added support for hidden tracks. Mkisofs added support for libfind in 2006 
and cdrecord added support for BluRay in 2007.

Would you like to run a Linux kernel from 2004 today?


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