install cdda2wav, how?

Asked by Pepe on 2011-02-01

I think I just need cdda2wav. That is all Brasero asks for. I cannot use terminal. I can do a million things with GUI. Windows and Mac hang up.
I have a work around by copying the files to my desktop and then copying the files to Disk. However, it will only play on the computer not on a CD player. Thanks

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mycae (mycae) said : #1

Use your package manager (synaptic) to install the "cdda2wav" virtual package.

Pepe (nikaawa-hawaiiantel) said : #2

I tried using synaptic. No can find cdda2wav. However there are three other programs that have something to do with cdda2wav. The only option was to reinstall, which I did. I restarted just to make sure.

Still nothing. That is, it still asks to manually install, etc etc. I am looking for some GUI. Thanks

mycae (mycae) said : #3

Synaptic *is* the GUI.

Your sources (the repositories you are subscribed to) might be wrong or improperly set. Can you open a terminal (I just need the output, and cannot see your screen -- text is much clearer than an image for running queries) (use Ctrl+Alt+T,or select it from the applications menu). Then paste the following commands, and then cut and paste the output from them back here?

aptitude search cdda2wav
cat /etc/apt/sources.list

mycae (mycae) said : #4

Just BTW:
Using synaptic and searching (Ctrl+F) for "cdda2wav" in "provided packages" for me brings up "icedax", which provides cdda2wav functionality.

Pepe (nikaawa-hawaiiantel) said : #5

So we are back to terminal. I want to thank you all. You have good intentions but just not what I was seeking. I have been told by good friends, (Windows people) that I probably have to wait for 11.04. Sorry, I will have to wait.

Are you asking for a way to install cdda2wav using a GUI package management program? Or are you asking for a GUI program that performs the function of the "cdda2wav" command?

Pepe (nikaawa-hawaiiantel) said : #7

Ok, I will try one more time. I want to copy my music disk to another disk. I do not want to use terminal in anyway. That means that I am looking to find a way to copy the disk to another disk by way of GUI.

When I put the disk in, the computer says I am missing the cdda2wav. I do not know how to get it. But one thing I do know that there is some way to do it using GUI and not having to touch the terminal in anyway.

Everyone wants me to get on the terminal and I am looking for a way to accomplish my task without using the terminal. That means that I want to do it using GUI. Microsoft and Apple do it all the time on everything but I realize that Ubuntu will take a couple years before they can get there. Thanks

Go to Applications > Ubuntu Software Center.

Type "icedax" (without the quotes) into the search box at the upper right corner of the window. The first item that comes up should say "icedax" in small print, and in bigger print above it, "Creates WAV files from audio CDs". Click on this item to select it, and an Install button appears on the right side of the item. Click that Install button.

If this doesn't solve your problem, please post again.

This post explains why people are always asking you (and others) to run commands in the Terminal, here at You can safely ignore this post in its entirety, if you're not interested.

> Everyone wants me to get on the terminal and I am looking for a way to
> accomplish my task without using the terminal. That means that I want to
> do it using GUI. Microsoft and Apple do it all the time on everything but I
> realize that Ubuntu will take a couple years before they can get there.

The Terminal is great for troubleshooting and gathering information, (1) because it works the same on all versions and flavors of Ubuntu, (2) because it is possible to be much more specific by giving commands to run in a Terminal than by giving instructions for using a graphical user interface, and (3) because when something goes wrong in the Terminal, you can paste all the text from the Terminal and that almost always contains the relevant information. Instructing someone to execute commands in the Terminal and then to reply with the output is almost as good as sitting at their computer and running the commands in the Terminal yourself (except a lot slower of course). You don't get that kind of precision with a graphical user interface.

So the reason people are so quick to tell you to use the Terminal is because it is an extremely good tool for technical support. While it's true that some functions of Ubuntu are less accessible through graphical interfaces than in Windows and Mac OS X, and also true that the absence of some comparably comprehensive interfaces reflects a way in which Ubuntu is less mature than those other OSes, that rarely has anything to do with the reason why people ask you to run commands in the Terminal here at If you search the web for people giving support on Mac OS X problems, you'll see that there's plenty of Terminal stuff there too, not because the Mac OS X GUI is somehow inadequate (on the contrary, it's one of the most intuitive and technically excellent GUI's around), and not because Mac culture prefers text-based interfaces to graphical interfaces (on the contrary, there is a culture of deep-seated disgust toward text-based interfaces among Mac users), but because the Terminal is a fantastic tool for technical support. Some functions on Mac OS X are hellish to perform on the Terminal, like examining and changing user preferences and capabilities with the niutil command, so often people providing Mac OS X support avoid the Terminal for those things on Mac OS X.

On Windows, you don't see as many instructions to use the Command Prompt as on GNU/Linux systems (like Ubuntu) and Mac OS X, but that's because, compared to Ubuntu and Mac OS X, the Command Prompt in Windows is extremely weak and incapable, and also very unpleasant to use. As a counterpoint, another contributing factor is that the Microsoft Management Console (which, in spite of its name, is actually a collection of graphical snap-ins) is extremely powerful and versatile and pretty easy to use. Still, there's plenty of instructions for using the Command Prompt (commands like: chkdsk, net use, ipconfig, set), because even the rather pathetic Command Prompt in Windows is better for technical support than the extremely well-developed and reliable graphical interface. (Actually, Windows recently does have a powerful terminal interface, called Windows PowerShell, but hardly anybody knows how to use it, so people providing assistance to Windows users rarely ask them to run commands in the PowerShell.)

mycae (mycae) said : #10

>Everyone wants me to get on the terminal and I am looking for a way to accomplish my task without using the terminal

i suggest you read my instructions again. I have told you twice how to do it from the GUI. If it is not working for you then your comptuer is misconfigured. I cannot predict in what way this misconfiguration might be, or how it has come about without additional information.

Dont tell people off who are spending their free time trying to help you.

Pepe (nikaawa-hawaiiantel) said : #11

I realize that there is an awful lot of misinterpretation. However there are millions out there that are in the same boat as I am. Some people must have terminal and they have a perfect right to it. But if I communicate to someone that i do not want terminal, my intent is communication. Not to tell anyone off. And they do not have any right to try to impose terminal on me. My intention right now are only to communicate to anyone out there that may listen that I do not want to do terminal.

They should do as they wish, I will not interfere. But I have 5000 things to do and I may only have time for 1000 of them. So please understand, my wish is only to communicate that I do not want anything to do with terminal. Is it asking too much?

Thanking you all in advance, Good bye and Good Luck.

Pepe (nikaawa-hawaiiantel) said : #12

New message. I have a computer with 100% Ubuntu on it. How can I get Ubuntu uninstalled and reinstall my XP OS on it. Is there a way, without a terminal, I mean. Thanks

I understand if you don't want to continue pursuing this problem here...but I provided instructions for (what I believe is) the most user-friendly way to install cdda2wav (installing the package "icedax" in the Ubuntu Software Center), and my instructions did not involve using the Terminal. I would be pleased to continue trying to help you, without asking you to use the Terminal for anything.

Sorry, I didn't see your latest message. You can disregard my most recent post.

"I have a computer with 100% Ubuntu on it. How can I get Ubuntu uninstalled and reinstall my XP OS on it."

Back up any files from the Ubuntu system (like documents) that you want to keep. Then boot from the Windows XP installation CD. In the installer, you can erase all the existing partitions on the disk, which wipes out Ubuntu. Then tell it to use the whole disk.

Pepe (nikaawa-hawaiiantel) said : #15

I must now put every change on hold. As an outchance, I tried installing the Icedax, using the GUI. And it worked. I was shocked and overwhelmed.

I have three search engines, Google, Bing and Yahoo. Page and pages of sudo this and sudo that. Some are entire pages of goop. This took days. Then I tried asking Ubuntu. Wow, some more of that and I understand their good intentions. But I want to do it my way, not theirs.

By chance or choice I do not know but I will be eternally grateful to Eliah Kagan, for coming up with such a solution that even a simpleton such as me can do. But that is GUI. Anyone that needs to know how to do it, now I can tell them. I humbly apologize to you all and thanks.

I'm glad I was able to help. Mycae's solution, using the Synaptic Package Manager (in System > Administration) is also a GUI solution (and to give credit where credit is due, Mycae posted that answer first). Synaptic's interface is slightly more complicated than the Software Center's, which is the reason I suggested using the Software Center. When you spread the word about the Ubuntu Software Center, you may want to let people know about Synaptic as well. Synaptic's more sophisticated interface further increases the things you can do without ever using the Terminal. ;-) For example, in Synaptic, you can choose to mark packages for "Complete Removal" (rather than just removing them), which deletes all their configuration files so that it is almost as though they had never been installed.

You may also benefit from knowing about This allows you to search packages, both by name and by contents, from the comfort of your web browser. I use constantly (and I tend to use the Terminal probably much more than most users). Once you find the package you need, you can install it in the Ubuntu Software Center, in the Synaptic Package Manager, or, if you should some day have a change of heart, in the Terminal with apt-get or aptitude.

(You can also search for packages in the Software Center and in Synaptic, and that is sufficient most of the time -- is useful when you want to perform more advanced searches or search for packages in releases other than the one you're running, or from software sources other than the ones you currently have enabled.)