Tutorial :How can I use lame to encode wav files within a shell script?


I'm trying to set artist information via variables with spaces in them. Lame craps out. Maybe I'm being retarded with bash?

#!/bin/bash  year=2008;  artist="New Kids On The Block";  album="The Block";  bitrate=320;  lame="lame -b $bitrate --ta \"$artist\"  --tl \"$album\" --ty $year"    function first_half  {      for (( i=1;i<10;i++ )); do          $lame "track_0$i.wav" "track_0$i.mp3";      done;  }    function second_half  {      for (( x=10;x<18;x++ )); do          echo $lame "track_$x.wav" "track_$x.mp3";      done;  }    first_half &  first_pid=$!    #second_half &  #second_pid=$  

Here's the output of the script.

user@host:~/ogg/noartist/unknown_disc$ ./encode.sh   user@host:~/ogg/noartist/unknown_disc$ lame: excess arg The  lame: excess arg The  

Lame complains for each loop iteration... of course.

I changed the script to echo out one of the iterations of the loop and this is what is outputted.

lame -b 320 --ta "New Kids On The Block" --tl "The Block" --ty 2008 track_01.wav track_01.mp3  

This works line fine on the shell... I'm confused. What am I doing wrong here? I know it has to do with the spaces in my variables, but I'm not sure how to fix it.


"lame" should be a function. Note: I ran "lame" in the same directory, "./lame", so I could use another script to test the results.

#!/bin/bash  year=2008  artist="New Kids On The Block"  album="The Block"  bitrate=320    function lame()  {  #local bitrate=$1  #local artist=$2  #local album=$3  #local year=$4  local in=$1  local out=$2  ./lame -b "$bitrate" --ta "$artist" --tl "$album" --ty "$year" "$in" "$out"  }    function first_half  {      for (( i=1;i<10;i++ )); do          lame "track_0$i.wav" "track_0$i.mp3"      done  }    first_half &  first_pid=$!  


#!/bin/bash    echo ===============================================  echo $0 $*  echo "0 ==> \"$0\""    CNT=1  while true; do    echo -n "$CNT "    [ $CNT -lt 10 ] && echo -n " "    echo "==> \"$1\""    CNT=$(($CNT + 1))    shift    [ -z "$1" ] && break  done    echo ===============================================  

Sample output (partial):

===============================================  ./lame -b 320 --ta New Kids On The Block --tl The Block --ty 2008 track_01.wav track_01.mp3  0 ==> "./lame"  1  ==> "-b"  2  ==> "320"  3  ==> "--ta"  4  ==> "New Kids On The Block"  5  ==> "--tl"  6  ==> "The Block"  7  ==> "--ty"  8  ==> "2008"  9  ==> "track_01.wav"  10 ==> "track_01.mp3"  ===============================================  ===============================================  ./lame -b 320 --ta New Kids On The Block --tl The Block --ty 2008 track_02.wav track_02.mp3  0 ==> "./lame"  1  ==> "-b"  2  ==> "320"  3  ==> "--ta"  4  ==> "New Kids On The Block"  5  ==> "--tl"  6  ==> "The Block"  7  ==> "--ty"  8  ==> "2008"  9  ==> "track_02.wav"  10 ==> "track_02.mp3"  ===============================================  


The problem is the line

lame="lame -b $bitrate --ta \"$artist\"  --tl \"$album\" --ty $year"  

because $lame later is evaluated more than once. You can run

bash -xv ./encode.sh  

to see commands executed and variables substituted (instead of running "bash -xv" you can add "set -xv" inside the script).


I found a temporary solution that I used...

It's a bit of a hack, but it does the job:

#!/bin/bash  year="2008";  artist="\"New Kids On The Block\"";  album="\"The Block\"";  bitrate=320;  genre="Pop";  lame="lame -b $bitrate --ta $artist  --tl $album --ty $year --tg $genre"    function first_half  {      echo "Encoding first half...";      for (( i=1;i<10;i++ )); do          echo $lame "track_0$i.wav" "track_0$i.mp3" > run1.sh;          bash run1.sh >/dev/null 2>/dev/null;      done;      rm -f run1.sh;  }    function second_half  {      echo "Encoding second half too...";      for (( x=10;x<18;x++ )); do          echo $lame "track_$x.wav" "track_$x.mp3" >run2.sh;          bash run2.sh >/dev/null 2>/dev/null;      done;      rm -f run2.sh;  }    first_half &  echo $! > first_half.pid    second_half  echo $! > second_half.pid    echo "Done!";  rm *.pid -f  

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