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How To Setup RipperX
Posted on 09/20/2012

If you are a long time Linux user like myself, you may have stumbled across a great CD to MP3 ripper app called "ripperX".  Trying to get this installed & working properly in newer versions of Fedora/CentOS, has been a little tricky at times.  Here is a quick how-to for installing, configuring & using it.

Here is how I managed to get it to work:

1 - Download the newest ripperX rpm for your selected OS (i.e. Fedora or CentOS)
[For newer versions of Fedora (such as Fedora 15/16/17), I had to download the newest build of the Fedora 6 rpm from "http://rpm.pbone.net" & install the rpm manually.]

2 - Now install the following packages via yum; if you don't already have them.

lame
flac
cdparanoia

* NOTE: depending upon how your Fedora/CentOS system is configured, you may need to use the RPM command manually to force in the above packages.  As I need do this for lame & its lame-libs dependency rpm; after manually downloading those rpms via yum; since yum had a conflict with the lamemp3 package that was currently installed.

3 - Start ripperX & agree to the prompts.

4 - Now we need to setup the configuration settings.  Click on the Config button & make the following changes in the configuration window that pops up.

Under the General tab, change:
-- the Target Directory for Wav files to "./WAVs"
-- the Target Directory for MP3 fils to "./MP3s"
-- customize this as necessary. Above is how I like it setup.

Under the Wav tab, change:
-- set the Ripper Plugin to "cdparanoia III"

Under the Mp3 tab, change:
-- raised the bit rate to 192k
-- customize this as necessary. Above is how I like it setup.

Under the Players tab, change:
-- nothing was changed here.  Customize this if you like.
-- In my case, I left these settings alone, since don't want to use ripperX for playback.  Instead I use XMMS for all audio playback on my PCs & later synced the MP3s with my iPod using Gtkpod for my on-the-go playback.

Under CDDB tab, change:
-- the URL to "freedb.freedb.org/~cddb/cddb.cgi"
-- the Port to '80"
-- check the Use HTTP option
-- check the Automatic Lookup On Startup option.

Under the Files tab. change:
-- nothing was changed here.  Customize this if you like.
-- In my case, I Ieft these settings alone, since like how they are defaulted

5 - once the changes within that configuration window are done, click on the OK button to save the changes.

6 - you should now be able to successfully rip your audio CDs using ripperX, with properly working CDDB support. (no more "Error Code 22. CDDB Server Error" prompts when getting the CDDB data.)


As to how I rip the full CD to MP3s,  I follow these steps:

1 - insert a CD into the CD/DVD drive
2 - start the ripperX app
3 - when the app starts up, the CD's track title data should be pre-loaded (if not do the following)
    3a - click on the Scan button
    3b - click on the CDDB button
4 - click on Select All Track button
5 - click on the Encode radio button (if not already selected)
6 - click on the Go button
7 - the app would rip CD to Wav files first, then automatically convert the Wav files to MP3s.
8 - you will receive a message when the entire process complete. You're done, for a single CD.
9 - however should you want to rip another CD, eject the current CD from the CD/DVD drive
10 - insert a new one into the CD/DVD drive.
11 - repeat the process, starting from step 3a.

For anything else on how to use/operate/debug things with ripperX, you should visit the ripperX sourceforge page &/or google search whatever matter you are having.

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