[Flac-dev] newbie questions re flac on win32 eac and id3v2

E S es0123 at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 26 00:13:02 PDT 2001

Firstly, a big thank-you to Josh for FLAC. Someone mentioned it in a post on 
Slashdot, so I came over to sourceforge for a look-see. This is just the 
sort of thing I've been looking for.

Can anyone relate any general tips for using flac on Windows for the purpose 
of archiving cd's? If I can nail down a solid, easy-to-use process, I'm 
happy to write it up and contribute it to the FLAC documentation section for 
the untold masses that I am sure will be soon discovering FLAC ;)

Currently, I'm using Exact Audio Copy (EAC) v0.9prebeta11 with FLAC 1.0 
specified under File:Compression Options:External Compression:User Defined 
Encoder. I'm passing %s as a command line option to FLAC (eac variable for 
the wav filename).

Checking or unchecking "Using CRC check" doesn't seem to do anything as far 
as I can tell.

However, checking "Add ID3 tags" breaks FLAC. EAC is using the default 
options of "Additionally write ID3V2 tags, using a padding of 4kB". After 
ripping and encoding, metaflac reports:
    ERROR: not a FLAC file (no 'fLaC' header)
I don't know how to troubleshoot this further, so any suggestions would be 

On the files that do get created correctly (either using flac as an external 
encoder for eac or using flac alone on the command line with a wave file) if 
I run metaflac on the generated flac file, I get the following error:
    ERROR: short count reading metadata block data

Actually, here's the full output of metaflac -v "Human Behaviour.flac":
file: Human Behaviour.flac
METADATA block #0
  byte offset: 4
  type: 0 (STREAMINFO)
  is last: false
  length: 34
  minumum blocksize: 4608 samples
  maximum blocksize: 4608 samples
  minimum framesize: 14 bytes
  maximum framesize: 13922 bytes
  sample_rate: 44100 Hz
  channels: 2
  bits-per-sample: 16
  total samples: 11080860
  MD5 signature: 7bf68de924474c8bab53d93f70737c3c
METADATA block #1
  byte offset: 42
  type: 3 (SEEKTABLE)
  is last: true
  length: 1800
ERROR: short count reading metadata block data

I can play back the file fine in WinAmp using the flac plugin, but I'd like 
to eliminate the error if I can.


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