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Getting Audex to rip into Ogg Vorbis

Audex is a really nice (KDE) application to rip Audio CDs. It can lookup the CD information (so most of the time you don't have to type all the tracktitles yourself), it also tries to fetch the correct cover (and succeeds most of the time) and has very flexible configuration settings. Sadly, the version in the Ubuntu (currently 0.72b1) repositories has a few problems when you want to encode your songs in Ogg Vorbis. Here is an overview of the problems I had and how I hacked my way around them (without recompiling Audex), so I can use Audex to rip my CDs to Ogg Vorbis.

The most important problem is that Audex simply doesn't detect the Ogg Vorbis encoder. As documented in this Debian bug report Audex passes an incorrect parameter to oggenc to detect the version. While it should pass -V (uppercase V) it passes -v (lowercase v). To 'fix' (read: hack) this I took the following steps:

  • First check that your have the Ogg Vorbis encoder (oggenc) installed. In Ubuntu you can install it from the repositories by installing the 'vorbis-tools' package:
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    sudo apt-get install vorbis-tools
  • Now you should have the Vorbis encoder in /usr/bin/oggenc. But Audex won't detect it because it will call it with an incorrect paramter. So to fix this I first renamed oggenc to 'oggenc_real':
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    sudo mv /usr/bin/oggenc /usr/bin/oggenc_real