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       cue2toc - convert CUE to TOC format


       cue2toc [-dhqv] [-o tocfile] [cuefile]


       Cue2toc  converts  cuefile from CUE to TOC format and writes the result
       to tocfile.  If either cuefile or tocfile is omitted or a  single  dash
       "-"  cue2toc  reads  from  standard  input and writes to standard ouput

       CUE files are  text  files  describing  the  layout  of  a  CD-Rom  and
       typically carry the extension ".cue".

       Cdrdao  is a CD-burning application which has its own native TOC format
       to describe the disc layout. Although cdrdao  has  direct  support  for
       reading  CUE  files,  it  is  currently limited to data tracks only. So
       cue2toc’s main usefulness lies in converting CUE files containing audio

       CUE  files  for  audio  discs  often come with data files in compressed
       audio formats like MP3 or Ogg Vorbis. To burn such a disc  with  cdrdao
       these  files  must  be converted to WAVE or raw format.  Cue2toc can do
       this automatically if configured properly  (see  section  CONFIGURATION
       below for more information).

       Cue2toc normally displays warning messages for unsupported commands and
       constructs as well as for each  data  file  converted.  The  -q  option
       disables these messages.


       -d     print debugging information

       -h     print a short help message

       -o tocfile
              write result to tocfile instead of standard ouput

       -q     quiet mode; do not print warnings

       -v     display version information


       What  follows  is  a description of the CUE format expected by cue2toc.
       For information about the  TOC  format  please  consult  the  cdrdao(1)
       manual page.

       CUE  files  consist  of  commands  and  their  arguments  which must be
       separated from each other  by  any  number  of  whitespace  characters.
       Space, horizontal tabulator, newline and carriage return are recognized
       as whitespace characters except inside  strings  surrounded  by  double
       quotes,  where  they  are  part  of  the  string. Commands are not case
       sensitive. CD-Text data can be at most 80 characters per item.

       Timecode values are accepted in the forms "X:X:X", "X:X" and "X"  where
       each  "X"  must consist of at most two digits and may be zero padded to
       the left. They are interpreted as "M:S:F", "S:F" and  "F"  respectively
       where  "M"  means  "minutes" and must be in the range 0 <= M <= 99, "S"
       means "seconds" and must be in the range 0 <= S <= 59,  and  "F"  means
       "frames" and must be in the range 0 <= F <= 74.

       CUE  files  are  logically  divided into a global section and one to 99
       track sections.  Inside  these  sections  the  following  commands  are

   Global Section
       REM anything_to_newline
       CATALOG string
       CDTEXTFILE string
       TITLE string
       PERFORMER string
       SONGWRITER string

       REM    Optional.   Introduces  a  comment. Anything from there on up to
              and including the next newline character  is  ignored.  Comments
              can  appear  anywhere  in the file but not between a command and
              its arguments.

              Optional.  The Media Catalog Number of the disc. Must be exactly
              13 characters.

              Optional.   Specifies  an external file containing CD-Text data.

       TITLE  Optional.  The CD-Text title of the disc.

              Optional.  The CD-Text performer of the disc.

              Optional.  The CD-Text songwriter of the disc.

       FILE   Required.  The name and type of the file  to  be  used  for  all
              following  tracks.   The  string  contains  the name of the file
              followed by one of BINARY, MOTOROLA, AIFF, WAVE or MP3.  As  far
              as  cue2toc  is  concerned  the  type of the file is effectively
              ignored.  Nonetheless MOTOROLA, AIFF and MP3 cause printing of a
              warning  message since these file types can not be used directly
              with cdrdao.

       The first appearance of a TRACK command causes leaving  of  the  global
       section and entering the track section.

   Track Section
       TRACK number mode
       REM anything_to_newline
       FLAGS [DCP] [4CH] [PRE] [SCMS]
       ISRC string
       TITLE string
       PERFORMER string
       SONGWRITER string
       PREGAP timecode
       INDEX number timecode
       POSTGAP timecode

       TRACK  Required.  Starts a new track definition. The number is ignored.
              The  mode  must  be  one  of  AUDIO,   MODE1/2048,   MODE1/2352,
              MODE2/2336 or MODE2/2352.

       FLAGS  Optional.  Defines the flags for this track. Must be followed by
              one or  more  of  the  following  commands:  DCP  (digital  copy
              permitted), 4CH (four channel audio), PRE (pre-emphasis enabled)
              and SCMS (serial  copy  management  system).   SCMS  is  ignored
              because there is no corresponding option in the TOC format.

       ISRC   Optional.   The  International  Standard Recording Code for this
              track. Must be exactly 12 characters long.

       TITLE  Optional.  The CD-Text title of this track.

              Optional.  The CD-Text performer of this track.

              Optional.  The CD-Text songwriter of this track.

       PREGAP Optional.  The length of the track pregap to be filled with zero
              data.  Mutually exclusive with INDEX 0.

              Optional.   The  length  of  the track postgap to be filled with
              zero data.

       INDEX  Optional.  The number must be in the range 0 <=  number  <=  99.
              Index  number 1 specifies the start of the track. Index number 0
              is the start of the track pregap filled with data from the file,
              i.e. the difference between index 0 and index 1 is the length of
              the pregap. Index 0 is mutually exclusive  with  PREGAP.   Index
              numbers  greater  than  1  specify subindexes for this track and
              must be sequential.

       FILE   Optional in track section. The syntax is the same  as  described
              above  and  if  it appears inside a track specification it takes
              effect on the next TRACK command.


       Cue2toc  can  be  configured  by  specifying  options   in   the   file
       ~/.cue2tocrc. The syntax of this file and allowed configuration options

       Comments are introduced by the hash character ’#’ and extend to the end
       of the line. Configuration options take the form

       OPTION = value

       The  value  must  be  quoted  if it contains whitespace characters.  To
       include a double quote character in a quoted string, precede it with  a
       backslash.  Option values can either be of boolean type or string type.
       For boolean types any one of "yes", "y", "true" or "1" means  true  and
       anything  else  means false. The "default value" in the descriptions of
       the individual options below is the value assumed  by  cue2toc  in  the
       absence of the option from the configuration file.

       CONVERTER = ext_from ext_to command
              This  option  takes  three  string  arguments  and  specifies  a
              converter for  files  with  the  extension  ext_from.  They  are
              converted  by  the  given  command and the extension is replaced
              with ext_to in the  TOC  file.  When  the  command  is  run  the
              environment  will  contain the two variables C2T_FROM and C2T_TO
              which contain the original and new file name  respectively.  For

              CONVERTER = .mp3 .wav
                   "lame --decode \"$C2T_FROM\" \"$C2T_TO\""

              will  convert  all  MP3 files to WAVE format using lame. It is a
              good idea to quote the varibles $C2T_FROM  and  $C2T_TO  because
              they  could  contain whitespace or other funny characters with a
              special meaning to the shell.

              This option can be specified multiple times  and  each  file  is
              checked  against the list of converters to see if it matches any
              of them. If multiple converters match  a  given  file  only  the
              first match is used.

              If  a  file  with  the name that results from replacing ext_from
              with ext_to already exists, the conversion command will  not  be

              This option has no default value.

       CONVERT = boolean
              This  option enables or disables the conversion of data files as
              described above for the CONVERTER option.   If  this  option  is
              false,  no  conversion  will  take  place.  The default value is

       QUIET = boolean
              If this option is true it has the same effect as if cue2toc  was
              invoked  with  the  -q command line option. The default value is

       CDTEXT = boolean
              This option enables or disables the writing of CD-Text  data  to
              the  TOC  file  if  it  is present in the CUE file.  The default
              value is "yes".


       The command CDTEXTFILE and the flag SCMS have no equivalent in the  TOC
       format and are ignored.

       CUE  files containing data tracks which specify a starting time greater
       than zero cannot be converted by cue2toc because the  TOC  format  does
       not  provide  a  way to specify a starting time at all for data tracks.
       However if the CUE file does not contain any audio tracks you  can  try
       to use the CUE file directly with cdrdao.


              The  configuration file. The format of this file is described in
              the section CONFIGURATION above.


       cdrdao(1), lame(1)


       Since cue2toc’s definition of the CUE format is  entirely  based  on  a
       number  of  different  CUE files the author came across there is a very
       high probability that it will not work correctly with all the other CUE
       files  you might encounter. If this is the case for you please send the
       problematic CUE file along  with  the  version  number  of  cue2toc  to


       Matthias Czapla <>