Dagrab is a CD ripper, might be faster than others. It can be used as a backend to abcde (media-sound/abcde), instead of cdparanoia (or libcdio-paranoia). Standalone use is also possible.
Dagrab is a very old software. As of 2017, most major Linux distributions don't provide dagrab. Fortuanetly in Gentoo it's still available as media-sound/dagrab.
In fact, dagrab was forked. The orignal version was initiated by Marcello Urbani, from Feb 1998 to 2000. Its homepage, http://web.tiscalinet.it/marcellou/dagrab.html, is available as of 2017.
Gentoo provides the forked version, the last release 0.513. (The author versionated it as "S0.513".)
Use with abcde
If CD ripping is slow with abcde (taking > 4 min. to rip a CD), use dagrab.
media-sound/abcde, a command-line CD encoder, relies on cdparanoia (or libcdio-paranoia) as a ripper. On some hardwares, cdparanoia is slow; setting the speed by the option -S has no effect.
To use dagrab, emerge abcde >= 2.7. The configuration file, /etc/abcde.conf or $HOME/.abcde.conf should have the following lines:
CDROMREADERSYNTAX=dagrab # "-n 8" is the dagrab's default. For recent drives, 127 is a good try. DAGRABOPTS="-n 127"
DAGRABOPTS is the options to pass to dagrab. For the details, run $ dagrab -h, and see the dagrab's FAQ file, found at /usr/share/doc/dagrab-<version #>/FAQ.bz2.
DAGRABOPTS is not documented up to abcde-2.8.1, but was fixed in this upstream commit.
- See this thread