[flac-dev] FLAC and external file attributes

Martin Leese martin.leese at stanfordalumni.org
Tue Apr 17 16:49:32 UTC 2018

Martin Leese wrote:
> Just so it is clear in my own mind.
> You are offering to add support for extended
> file attributes to flac, the command-line
> wrapper around libFLAC to encode and
> decode .flac files.  Presumably such support
> would reside in libFLAC, and so libFLAC++
> and metaflac should also be updated.  (Not
> sure whether the various music player input
> plugins will also need work.)

Thinking about this a little more, there is
already a well supported mechanism for
incorporating metadata into FLAC
files/streams, namely VorbisComments.
Therefore, I don't see any need for extended
file attributes to be attached to a FLAC file.
Instead, extended file attributes attached to a
WAVE file (or whatever) could be converted to
VorbisComments in a FLAC file/stream.  And

This strikes me as a useful thing to do.  Note
that with this scheme there would be no need
to touch the various music player input plugins.

Martin J Leese
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