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  posted on 8/2/2008 at 07:45 PM
I downloaded some Phil & Friends shows from the Internet Archives web site, on to my Macbook laptop, using our public library's new wi fi.

http://www.archive.org/details/2000-10-01.paf.sbd.bertha-ashley.16077.sbeok .flacf
http://www.archive.org/details/2000-04-18.paf.aud.rat.5509.sbefail.flacf
http://www.archive.org/details/2000-10-27.paf.mbho.vernon.8952.sbeok.flacf
&
http://www.archive.org/details/paf2000-09-30.bk4011.pujol.16795.sbeok.flac1 6



I used Xact to verify the Flac files with the MD5's from each concert. Xact said they all verified OK.

(Xact . . . X Audio Compression Toolkit 1.59, is a program that uses the Unix binaries for Shn, Flac, Shntool, checksums, etc. for the Mac.)

I burned the concerts to a DVD so I could offer a few freebies here.
again checking the Flac files on the new DVD with Xact. (MD5's) They again verified OK.

I put the finished DVD in my Windows machine and checked the Flac files with Traders Little Helper, MD5. only one show verified OK. The rest failed.

WTF!!!

I burned all the shows to audio cd using Nero on the windows machine and listened to each one.
They all sound good, (no clicks, or gaps, etc.)

So what the hell am I doing wrong?

should I trust? Xact, or Traders Little Helper?

I probably shouldn't offer this DVD should I? since the MD5's show errors,





 
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  posted on 8/2/2008 at 10:15 PM
I'm a Mac user and always use xACT 1.6.1 for encode/decoding of FLAC/shn files, never had problems with this software.
However, I didn't use Windows machine for these aims, so I can't say anything about your problem between xACT and Traders Little Helper.
Did you try another Windows programs to verify md5 files?
If not, how about following program originally written by FSF/GNU?

http://etree.org/md5com.html

If still the results are same, try to update xACT as latest version and try again.
Or try to decode/extract one of the file reported FAIL with both xACT & TLH. If xACT extracts it with no problems and TLH fails to extract, I think something wrong with the command line program flac.exe which is attached with TLH.

Hope your ploblems are already solved.

 

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  posted on 8/3/2008 at 12:19 PM
Thank you for the timely reply.
I'll DL and install new versions of Xact, & TLH,

quote:
how about following program originally written by FSF/GNU?
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MD5sum. EXE ?? Does it check Flac also?

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Did you try another Windows programs to verify md5 files?


No, not yet. But, I did use a different windows machine with TLH. Same results, using "verify Checksum files" (with the MD5) it failed on both Windows machines. But were OK with Xact on the Mac.

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try to decode/extract one of the file reported FAIL with both xACT & TLH.


When I use TLH to "test Encoded audio files" TLH says they all will decode with no problems. I did this test on both Windows machines. Also, Nero, with the Flac plugin decoded the files and burned them to a cd.


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I think something wrong with the command line program flac.exe which is attached with TLH.


I think maybe you are right. When I dragged the MD5 into TLH on the 2nd Windows machine, an error message came up indicating a problem.



But to err on the side of caution, I'm going to download all the flac files again.
I don't think I got the complete download, for example . . . P&F House of Blues 10-27-00 . . . phil00-10-27d01t01 (Jam) . . . should be a 56.5 MB file, but my file is only 53.9 MB. So back to the drawing board.

Thanks for the help my friend.







[Edited on 8/3/2008 by punknseed]

 

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  posted on 8/3/2008 at 09:38 PM
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MD5sum. EXE ?? Does it check Flac also?



Yes. Talking about md5, it's a method for checking fairness of files, and can be used for both binary and text files.

From all of your description, basically, all the files are fair and I think it'll be no problems to keep on using xACT on Mac.

Happy trading!

 
 


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