How to git diff FLAC files
If you're as stubborn as me, and use Git to manage everything, even FLAC files, then here's a way to tell Git how to perform a diff on their metadata.
First, add the following line to your repo's
*.flac binary diff=flac
This tells Git that FLAC files are binary, and that it should perform a diff on them in a unique way we've arbitrarily labelled "flac".
Next, we need to tell Git how to do that, by very carefully adding these lines to your repo's
[diff "flac"] binary = true textconv = tidymetaflac.sh
Finally, we need to make a short script,
~/bin/tidymetaflac.sh, that actually extracts the plain text from the FLAC file:
#!/bin/sh metaflac —list —block-type=STREAMINFO,VORBIS_COMMENT "$1" | sed 's/comment\[[0-9]*\]:/comment:/;/length:/d;/comments:/d' | sort
This does a few things. First, it lists just the plain text metadata in the FLAC file; next, it discards each comment's number, as these might move around arbitrarily, along with unnecessary derived information; finally, it alphabetises what's left. As a result, Git will ignore metadata that hasn't really changed, focusing only on what has. Remember to
chmod 755 the script, so Git can execute it.
Now when you use
git-diff on a commit which changes a FLAC file's metadata, you should see those changes in a nicely formatted summary.
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