KIOSlave audiocd now working!

Hey folks, I had to put myself into the same group as the cd device (/dev/hdc on my box) in order for the kioslave audiocd to work. If you didn't know about this, it breaks the cd down into various formats; if you try to copy them, it will digitally extract them and convert to that format directly - how convenient! Coincidentally the permissions are
-rw-rw---- root:disk
The cd does not get mounted when audiocd does its thing - there is no trace in either /etc/mtab or /proc/mounts that reveals the cd has been mounted. Very curious, but a handy tool!

On a side note, audiocd does not support mp3 format. The best way to get there, from my experience, is using audiocd to rip WAV files, and then using another encoder (I've used ffmpeg available on sourceforge, which I wrote a servicemenu for. I had to use a little perl script, too, and some regular expressions so it was a great project!)
Here's the servicemenu wav2mp3.desktop placed in /opt/kde/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus/:

[Desktop Entry]

[Desktop Action encode]
Name=Encode WAV to MP3
Exec=wav2mp3 %u

Here's the shell script that's called by the servicemenu:

# PMN 12-24-2005
# uses ffmpeg in conjunction with to convert wav files to mp3

ffmpeg -i "$1" -ac 2 -ab 128 -acodec mp3 "$( "$1")";

And here's the perl script

# PMN 20051225 1400 PST
# preserving the original filename while changing the extension from wav to mp3

$ARGV[0] =~ m/(.+?(?=\.wav\Z))/i;

print $1.".mp3";

Happy Linuxing!

KDE Issues - "Restoring Session" Freezes!!

Hey everybody - when I login, the splash screen gets to the end, and then freezes midway into the "Restoring Session" phase. I've circumvented the problem by putting those programs that I want to load every time into $HOME/.kde/Autostart as symlinks; this seems to be working fine; I also specified in the KDECP that it should load an "empty" session at each logon. I'm running KDE3.4.2 on Slackware10.2. Any other comments/suggestions - this may help someone else in the penguin world. :)

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