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    Unhappy abcde error ("CDROM has not been defined or cannot be found")

    Hello.
    To the point:
    I want to backup many music CDs (starting with a beautiful Billie Holiday one). My goal is ripping each CD to a single FLAC file with a corresponding CUE file (then double backup them to DVDs). After searching for plausible solutions, I ended up with the famous "abcde" thing. Well, whatever I do with abcde I get the following message: "CDROM has not been defined or cannot be found". Even if I write just "abcde" and nothing else.

    As far as I got to know, what I need for it to rip a CD in FLAC format was something like this:

    ~$ abcde -1 -M -p -o flac

    I do have a CDROM drive (well, a DVD-RW drive). And that drive works OK in Ubuntu whether I want to listen to some music, read backup CDs and DVDs, watching a movie, writing data, whatever you mention. Just not abcde.

    Any hint?

    Thanks in advance.

    Senuf.
    Last edited by Senuf; August 24th, 2009 at 12:14 AM. Reason: forgot to include a line
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    Re: abcde error ("CDROM has not been defined or cannot be found")

    Hi Senuf,

    Quote Originally Posted by Senuf View Post

    Code:
    ~$ abcde -1 -M -p -o flac
    This may not help but perhaps try:


    Code:
    ~$ abcde -d /dev/cdrom -1 -M -p -o flac
    All the best,

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    Re: abcde error ("CDROM has not been defined or cannot be found")

    Hi Andrew,

    Quote Originally Posted by andrew.46 View Post
    Hi Senuf,

    This may not help but perhaps try:

    Code:
    ~$ abcde -d /dev/cdrom -1 -M -p -o flac
    All the best,

    Andrew
    Hmmmmm...
    Didn't work.
    All I got was the same line:
    [ERROR] abcde: CDROM device cannot be found.

    Well, thanks anyway for stopping by.

    Let's see if some other idea arises. As for me, I tried every combination I could find, but since I am not a "power user" I guess that there might be a solution lurking out there, somewhere out of my grasp.

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    Re: abcde error ("CDROM has not been defined or cannot be found")

    run this to double check what /dev links your drive has, look for listing under *-cdrom

    Code:
    sudo lshw -C disk

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    Re: abcde error ("CDROM has not been defined or cannot be found")

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    run this to double check what /dev links your drive has, look for listing under *-cdrom

    Code:
    sudo lshw -C disk
    First, thanks for passing by.
    Now, to the point:
    I did what you suggested.
    The "answer" was this:
    Code:
      *-disk:0                
           description: ATA Disk
           product: WDC WD800BB-00JK
           vendor: Western Digital
           physical id: 0
           bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/sda
           version: 05.0
           serial: WD-WCAMDA729442
           size: 74GiB (80GB)
           capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
           configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=de42de42
      *-disk:1
           description: ATA Disk
           product: WDC WD800JB-00ET
           vendor: Western Digital
           physical id: 0.1.0
           bus info: scsi@0:0.1.0
           logical name: /dev/sdb
           version: 77.0
           serial: WD-WMAHL1373102
           size: 74GiB (80GB)
           capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
           configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=139b139b
      *-cdrom
           description: DVD writer
           product: DRW-1608P
           vendor: ASUS
           physical id: 1
           bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/cdrom1
           logical name: /dev/cdrw1
           logical name: /dev/dvd1
           logical name: /dev/dvdrw1
           logical name: /dev/scd0
           logical name: /dev/sr0
           version: 1.59
           capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r
           configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    Thanks in advance for any further hint.

    Senuf
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    Re: abcde error ("CDROM has not been defined or cannot be found")

    Not all that familiar with abcde but using andrew's command as an example change to cdrom1
    Code:
    abcde -d /dev/cdrom1 -1 -M -p -o flac
    If you wish it's very simple to set that drive to /dev/cdrom, /dev/dvd, ect. which is what many apps will default to.
    (so by default abcde is looking for /dev/cdrom, but you're set as /dev/cdrom1

    If so, then run and post this (use a maximized terminal so lines don't get jumbled, will take just a min or less to reset

    Code:
    cat /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-cd.rules

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