alfilldb - Add/update information of music files in the AudioLink database
You can use this script to add or update information about your music files (MP3
or Ogg Vorbis) in the AudioLink database. This information will be used when
you use the alsearch
(1) program to search for particular music. This
program is part of the audiolink
The path given for the location of individual files or directories must be an
absolute path (paths with ~ are allowed). Relative paths are not allowed. See
the "examples" section for more information.
The user and password options have to be specified to gain access to the
database. See the " more information
" section in the
(1) man page for the various ways in which you can specify
Options that are used repetitively during different invocations of the program
(like the user, password options) may be put in the config file. See the
(1) man page for details on the config file.
- Only the information about new songs will be added to the
database; information about existing songs will not be updated.
- Works on just a single file instead of a directory. If this
argument is given, the /path/to/dirs is not considered. (You can have more
than one of these).
- Brief usage information
- Connects to the MySQL server on the given host. Default is
- Don't prompt for anything. Songs which do not have
information for mandatory fields (eg., song title) will not be added to
- Password for accessing the database
- Prompt for input if there isn't enough information in the
song (ID3 or Ogg Vorbis comments).
The parameters that prompt accepts are:
- Prompts just for the album name and the artist/band
- Prompts for album, artist/band, genre and year fields
- Prompt for all the fields except the Male, Female Artists
and the Track number
- Prompt for all the fields, including Male Artist (1/2),
Female Artist (1/2), Track Number.
- -s, --na
- Simulate or no-act mode: doesn't update the database.
- Only entries in the database will be updated from the input
the user gives. Make sure you don't use the --no-prompt option along with
this one... else you won't get anything done!
- Update the tags in the file, ie, ID3 for MP3, comments for
- Username for accessing the database
- Displays some extra information while processing files
- "alfilldb --add-only /home/user/tmp/songs/"
- This invocation will scan the /home/user/tmp/songs
directory recursively for new songs only. Songs already existing in the
database will not be considered.
- "alfilldb --upd-only --prompt=most
- This invocation will scan the $(HOME)/tmp/songs directory
recursively for the current user for incomplete information in the
- "alfilldb ~user/tmp/songs/"
- This invocation will scan the /home/user/tmp/songs folder
for music files; will add new entries to the database as well as update
the existing ones.
- "alfilldb --file=~/tmp/songs/somefile.ogg
- This invocation will just add (or update) information about
the files $(HOME)/tmp/songs/somefile.ogg and
If the --prompt
option is not specified, alfilldb
will just prompt
for the title of the song being processed. The title information is asked only
if the ID3 tag or the Vorbis comment doesn't contain the title. This behavior
can be overriden by the --no-prompt option, and in this case, the entry for
the file will not be made, since the song title is a mandatory field for
storing song information in the datbase.
If neither of --add-only
are specified, the default
action is to add new entries as well as update existing ones.
If the ID3 tags or Vorbis comments for a file were updated after entries were
made in the AudioLink database, they will not be reflected in the database. If
you want to maintain consistency, it is advised that you keep the database
updated (by using the --upd-only
option) and then update the ID3 tag in
the MP3 or the comment in the Ogg Vorbis file (by running alfilldb
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is available on the AudioLink website at
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This manual page is written and maintained by Amit Shah <email@example.com>
The AudioLink package is Copyright (C) 2003, Amit Shah <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
All the programs and the documentation that come as part of AudioLink are
licensed by the GNU General Public License v2 (GPLv2).