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       alfilldb - Add/update information of music files in the AudioLink


       alfilldb [OPTION]... /path/to/songs/...

       alfilldb [OPTION]... --file=/path/to/song...


       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(1) package.

       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 audiolink(1)
       man page for the various ways in which you can specify them.

       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 audiolink(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 the

           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 name

               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 Ogg

           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 ~/tmp/songs/"
           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 or --upd-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 with the --upd-only option).


       L<audiolink(1)>, L<alsearch(1)> The current version of this man page is
       available on the AudioLink website at


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       This manual page is written and maintained by Amit Shah


       The AudioLink package is Copyright (C) 2003, Amit Shah
       <>. All the programs and the documentation that come as
       part of AudioLink are licensed by the GNU General Public License v2