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VORBISCOMMENT(1)			 Ogg Vorbis Tools			 VORBISCOMMENT(1)

NAME
       vorbiscomment - List or edit comments in Ogg Vorbis files

SYNOPSIS
       vorbiscomment [-l] [-R] [-e] file.ogg
       vorbiscomment -a [ -c commentfile | -t "name=value" ] [-q] [-R] [-e] in.ogg [out.ogg]
       vorbiscomment -w [ -c commentfile | -t "name=value" ] [-q] [-R] [-e] in.ogg [out.ogg]

DESCRIPTION
       vorbiscomment Reads, modifies, and appends Ogg Vorbis audio file metadata tags.

OPTIONS
       -a, --append
	      Append comments.

       -c file, --commentfile file
	      Take  comments  from  a  file.  The  file is the same format as is output by the -l
	      option or given to the -t option: one element per line in  'tag=value'  format.  If
	      the file is /dev/null and -w was passed, the existing comments will be removed.

       -h, --help
	      Show command help.

       -l, --list
	      List the comments in the Ogg Vorbis file.

       -t 'name=value', --tag 'name=value'
	      Specify  a  new  tag on the command line. Each tag is given as a single string. The
	      part before the '=' is treated as the tag name and the part after as the value.

       -w, --write
	      Replace comments with the new set given either on the command line with -t or  from
	      a  file  with  -c. If neither -c nor -t is given, the new set will be read from the
	      standard input.

       -R, --raw
	      Read and write comments in UTF-8, rather than converting to  the	user's	character
	      set.

       -e, --escapes
	      Quote/unquote  newlines and backslashes in the comments. This ensures every comment
	      is exactly one line in the output (or input), allowing  to  filter  and  round-trip
	      them.  Without it, you can only write multi-line comments by using -t and you can't
	      reliably distinguish them from multiple one-line comments.

	      Supported escapes are c-style "\n", "\r", "\\" and "\0". A  backslash  followed  by
	      anything else is an error.

	      Note:  currently, anything after the first "\0" is thrown away while writing.  This
	      is a bug -- the Vorbis format can safely store  null  characters,  but  most  other
	      tools wouldn't handle them anyway.

       -V, --version
	      Display the version of vorbiscomment.

EXAMPLES
       To just see what comment tags are in a file:

	   vorbiscomment -l file.ogg

       To edit those comments:

	   vorbiscomment -l file.ogg > file.txt
	   [edit the comments in file.txt to your satisfaction]
	   vorbiscomment -w -c file.txt file.ogg newfile.ogg

       To simply add a comment:

	   vorbiscomment -a -t 'ARTIST=No One You Know' file.ogg newfile.ogg

       To add a set of comments from the standard input:

	   vorbiscomment -a file.ogg
	   ARTIST=No One You Know
	   ALBUM=The Famous Album
	   <ctrl-d>

TAG FORMAT
       See http://xiph.org/vorbis/doc/v-comment.html for documentation on the Ogg Vorbis tag for-
       mat, including a suggested list of canonical tag names.

AUTHORS
       Program Authors:
	      Michael Smith <msmith@xiph.org>
	      Ralph Giles <giles@xiph.org>

       Manpage Author:
	      Christopher L Cheney <ccheney@debian.org>

SEE ALSO
       oggenc(1), oggdec(1), ogg123(1), ogginfo(1)

Xiph.Org Foundation			December 30, 2008			 VORBISCOMMENT(1)
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