CD Ripping freezes because of a : (original title had incorrectly question mark)


I started to move my CD collection to Volumio and noticed that some records never finish the ripping process, even if you leave the process running overnight.

I have narrowed the problem down to special characters. If I make sure to manually edit the song titles so, that none of the contain a question mark, then the ripping process doesn’t freeze and completes normally.

Which application are using to convert your CDs? I use Exact Audio Copy on Windows 10. EAC substitutes forbidden characters in Windows when creating file names. By default it substitutes "/:*? <>|

I’m using the Volumio’s CD ripping feature which you need to pay for.

For official dedicated support contact techsupport at volumio dot org :slight_smile:

Thanks for the report!
Can you send me a screenshot of the metadata of the CD, showing the position of the question mark?


Hi! The problem is that it was a couple of CDs of the 300+ I ripped and which are now stored in a box hidden away in the basement. This means that it would take me a long time to find the offending CDs.

I think I might be able to reproduce this manually, by adding a question mark to the end of any tracks name. This should create a file name that is invalid. Will let you know how it turns out

Sorry for a red herring! The problem was not caused by question mark, but in fact a colon :

On the screen shot you can see, that track 14 has an offending name.

After an hour of waiting, this is how far the CD ripping has gotten:

/data/INTERNAL/Coheed And Cambria-Good Apollo Im Burning Star IV, Volume One From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness$ ls -altr
total 413732
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 12107097 Jun  3 16:06 Keeping The Blade.flac
drwxrwxrwx 1 root    root        4096 Jun  3 16:06 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 13823688 Jun  3 16:06 Always And Never.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 49360360 Jun  3 16:08 Welcome Home.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 30699844 Jun  3 16:08 Ten Speed (Of Gods Blood And Burial).flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 26370808 Jun  3 16:09 Crossing The Frame.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 37232667 Jun  3 16:09 Apollo I The Writing Writer.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 24694208 Jun  3 16:10 Once Upon Your Dead Body.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 26092573 Jun  3 16:10 Wake Up.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 29472690 Jun  3 16:11 The Suffering.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 24925446 Jun  3 16:11 The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets Of Miss Erica Court.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 35254167 Jun  3 16:12 Mother May I.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 55907097 Jun  3 16:13 The Willing Well I - Fuel For The Feeding End.flac
-rw-r--r-- 1 volumio volumio 57676690 Jun  3 16:14 The Willing Well II - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness.flac
drwxr-xr-x 2 volumio volumio     4096 Jun  3 16:14 .

It has freezed when trying to rip track 14, which has : in the name.