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Manual Reference Pages  -  MP3-ARCHIVE-TOOLS (1)

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mp3-archive-tools - tools to maintain an archive of mp3 files



<B>mp3-archive-toolsB> is a set of tools to ease organising a collection of mp3 (and other audio) files. Each tool has its own man page.

Tools included:
<B>mp3idB> View/change id3 metadata. Supports ID3v2 and extended frames (pictures, etc).
<B>filenametoid3B> Update id3 metadata from filename.
<B>id3tofilenameB> Rename file based on id3 metadata.
<B>freedbtofilenameB> Rename files based on data from freedb webpages (
<B>cddbtofilenameB> Rename files based on data from cddb webpages (
<B>movemusicB> Move music files to their correct place in your archive.
<B>update-music-symlinksB> Maintain a central link farm pointing to music in various places.
<B>pmvB> Rename files using arbitrary perl code.
The file (look in the source distribution or /usr/share/doc/mp3-archive-tools/) contains a set of useful bourne shell functions using <B>pmvB>.

Commands available:
<B>pmv-stdswapB> Swaps round fields in filenames delimited by - .
<B>pmv-space2_B> converts all spaces in filename to underscores.
<B>pmv-_2spaceB> Converts all underscores in filename to spaces.
<B>pmv-fixcapsB> Crude attempt at capitalising filenames.
<B>pmv-fixcaseB> Much better attempt at capitalising filenames. This requires the <B>Text::AutoformatB> module from CPAN (
<B>pmv-numberB> Numbers filenames sequentially.
<B>pmv-deepenB> converts dirs from artist - album to artist/album
<B>pmv-flattenB> converts dirs from artist/album to artist - album


<B>freedbtofilenameB>, <B>cddbtofilenameB>, <B>id3tofilenameB>, <B>filenametoid3B> and <B>movemusicB> require the <B>MP3::ArchiveB> module, available from the same place you got mp3-archive-tools.

<B>mp3idB>, <B>filenametoid3B> and <B>id3tofilenameB> require the <B>MP3::TagB> module, available from <B>www.cpan.orgB>.

If you want to use the example command <B>pmv-fixcaseB>, you will need the <B>Text::AutoformatB> module, also available from <B>www.cpan.orgB>.


All tools were developed in perl under linux. It should be trivial to get them working on any POSIX based system. If you get them working with windows, let me know.


None known. Please report any found to


freedbtofilename(1), cddbtofilename(1), id3tofilename(1), filenametoid3(1), mp3id(1), movemusic(1), update-music-symlinks(1), pmv(1).

MP3::Archive(3), MP3::Tag(3), Text::Autoformat(3).


Ian Beckwith <>


The latest version can be found at:


Copyright 2003 Ian Beckwith <>

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

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