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.
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
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
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
Report bugs related to the AudioLink software or the man pages to the
audiolink-devel mailing list <email@example.com>.
This manual page is written and maintained by Amit Shah
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