metaflac is not finding any tags (intrepid)

Bug #272652 reported by Chip Rosenthal on 2008-09-21
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: flac

This is from flac 1.2.1-1.2 package installed under Intrepid beta.

metaflac is failing to extract any tags.

$ metaflac list 09-Carmelita.flac
$ echo $?
0

The tags that should have been found here are:
Artist=Zevon, Warren
Album=Warren Zevon
Date=1976
Title=Carmelita
Tracknumber=09
Genre=Rock

Chip Rosenthal (chip+launchpad) wrote :

The problem is that the command usage has changed. "metaflac list" worked in the prior release. In this version it needs to be changed to "metaflac --list".

Would it be appropriate to document this?

It's documented in the manpage. We could add a NEWS.Debian file (run "find /usr/share/doc -name NEWS.Debian.gz" to see some examples), but I'm not sure if it's now too late to do that, as the maintainer didn't think one was warranted. Information on the NEWS.Debian file is available here:

http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/best-pkging-practices.html#bpp-news-debian

I'm not sure if there'd be much benefit to making a note in a doc file in addition to the information in the manpage. I noticed that metaflac doesn't output any sort of error when it's given a filename with no operations. Maybe it would make more sense to have metaflac output an error when it gets an invalid filename, even when it hasn't gotten any other input? If metaflac defaults to --list when no other option is given, it'd be compatible with the current usage, plus it'd throw an error when the old usage was attempted.

Thoughts?

Daniel T Chen (crimsun) on 2010-09-03
Changed in flac (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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