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Old 2005-01-17, 02:30 AM
Whole file MD5s (afps)

I just saw this quote from RD, and I was wondering if this is still the case?

Originally Posted by RainDawg
No problem...we've decided to hold off on requiring shntool md5 stuff for the time being, as it's really just too much of a pain to require everyone to learn this command line app. Sorry for bugging you about it, we're still trying to iron out all the rules.

At some point in the future when there is a decent graphical frontend for shntool, we may bring this rule back, but for now, wholefile md5 for shn sets is fine. For FLAC, ffp is still required.
If so, is it possible to just make referance to a batch file someone can use for shntool? for example, if someone using winXP puts whatever.bat into their flac folder, double clicks it, and the batch file has this:


@echo off
shntool md5 *.flac > afp.txt
shntool md5 -c *.flac >> afp.txt


shouldnt it work without the person having to think too much, making it easier for intergration of this checksum into the seeds? and it can be changed to work with shns or whatever else.

(PS - the -c switch allows for the composite MD5, creating an MD5 for the entire set of files. This should also be used, in case the show ever needs to be reseeded retracked, or with simple SBE corrections. If done correctly, the single file checksums change, but the composite stays the same, further prooving that lossless is lossless)

I mean, its the absense of audio fingerprints (afps) that causes people to have hoplessly ridiculous "disclamers" such as "Do neither re-flac or re-ape", "do not convert to other lossless formats", and "do not convert to flac!" on their txt files. if shn, flac, ape, pac, wav, aiff, ofr, and the countless other usuable lossless codecs have the same AFP, then they should all be treated the same way. But you guys know and understand this.

Until the frontend is ready, shouldnt you guys still require this, but have step by step instructions with help so as to make it easy for even the most technicaly deficiant seeders?
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