command line flac

Toby Corkindale tjc at
Wed Jun 20 11:14:33 BST 2007

Nicholas Clark wrote:
> So, I've been ripping CDs to flac format. And I've tried to play some tracks
> with VLC, and it's jumping. Turns out that it's getting sulky about:
> [00000518] flacdec decoder error: frame's data did not match the CRC in the footer.
> although, even more hatefully, it doesn't alway display that error message
> But if I run flac --test on the file, flac thinks that it's fine. So I wonder
> if it's a CRC calculation bug in VLC, which appears to have its own flac
> decoding code.
> Anyway, VLC wants to open a window, and I'm not always keen on that.
> So, what's a good command line player of things in flac format?

gstreamer will definitely do it, see:
for how to use the command line interface.


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