A freedb server for RISC OS
I've designed it so as to allow anyone to write clients to fit on top,
this way I didn't need to write a CD player. :)
There is a mailing list for
discussion of AcornCD use and development, I shall also post announcements about
new releases etc. to the list.
You can jump straight to the latest release's download.
AcornCD requires a fairly recent set of Toolbox modules to run, along with the nested
Window manager. You can get hold of these from
RISC OS Ltd., on their
updates page, the
Toolbox update zip.
Additionally, if you want to submit freedb entries (you do, honest...), you'll need Justin
Fletcher's GMail, available from his
I've released a 32-bit patch archive on Sourceforge, available on the
. It includes the !Run and !RunImages for
!AcornCD and !CdTester, which are now built 32-bit.
Copy these files over your current applications, and you'll be able
to run on a 32-bit capable platform, which includes a 26-bit system
with the new shared C library.
I've released AcornCD as "Open Source" on Sourceforge, you can visit the
project home page.
Downloads are now stored on the Sourceforge site.
09/05/2001 - Release 14:
AcornCD now uses freedb! I've finally seen the light and turned my back on CDDB, they no
longer care about CDDB (only CDDB2), have stupid licencing conditions etc. etc.
AcornCD now internally has all the code to support queued requests, just no method to
actually go about queueing things, and no code to empty the queue. Considering putting
my code on SourceForge and open sourcing it...I don't have enough time to work on it
Specification download is now a zip file, containing a StrongHelp manual
for the AcornCD interface, gratefully received from Matthew Somerville. Developer download
includes StrongHelp manual also.
Updated specification a bit, adding a little bit of text for the new
"hello" and "get id" messages.
16/02/2000 - Release 13:
Fixed AcornCD sprites for app and test harness. Filer sprites are now the correct
size. Thanks go to Stuart Halliday for providing the nicer sprite. :)
21/01/2000 - Release 12:
Added some functionality to the client->server interface requested by client
Added the ability to be able to send a "hello" message to AcornCD to see if it's running.
The test harness sends this message on start-up now, but does nothing if it
discovers AcornCD isn't running.
Also added a "Get CDDB ID" interface, so that a client app can get the CDDB ID of a disc
in a drive without doing the calculation themselves. Added new button to test
harness which uses this new ID request mechanism, so you can see an example of its use.
These two new interfaces are shown
in the specification, and included in the developer
release. There's not much flowery English there, so if you don't "get it" I can prolly
help you understand if you email me. :)
03/12/1999 - Release 11:
Revamped AcornCD sprites for server and test harness.
10/11/1999 - Release 10:
AcornCDDB has been renamed to AcornCD on the request of Escient, the owners of
the CDDB™ trademark.
The only changes in this release are to do with this name change. The
documentation has been updated, the apps now call themselves different names, and
a few more ™s have been liberally strewn about.
23/08/1999 - Release 9:
A few bug fixes...default key handlers are now registered in both !CDDB
and !CdTest, so you'll no longer find you've lost keyboard shortcuts like Control-F12.
Fixed wimp message interface for handling of local-only CDBB lookups, the
client will receive a message back from the lookup no matter what. Note to
Developers: This change also added a new result code to the "QueryResults"
message, "LocalCDDBError". This is returned if AcornCDDB has problems accessing
its local CDDB. See the updated specification for the result code.
Added new option for submission of CDDB entries using GMail. AcornCDDB will now
use direct SMTP only if a choices option is set, otherwise it will use GMail's
default action, which is to use the spool directory it finds on the user's system,
i.e. ANTSuite, FreeSMTP etc. You'll get a warning if you start up AcornCDDB with
your old choices file, just open up the Choices dialogue and resave your options.
Renamed debug versions of !Runs and !RunImages, they are now called !RunD and !RunImageD.
30/07/1999 - Release 8:
AcornCDDB has finally been verified to do submissions to the Internet
CDDB™ and is now allowed to do so. So, this release enables remote
submission of CDDB entries. AcornCDDB uses
GMail to send the
submissions by email, so you will need to install and configure GMail. At the
moment the only GMail method AcornCDDB uses is the direct SMTP method, so I
need to talk to GMail's author to see if there's a way to make this configurable.
So, I've got a release I'd actually call quite complete,
go get it.
Downloads are available on the
Sourceforge file list
page, along with release notes.
What you'll find there:
User release - this is probably what you want, contains just the AcornCD server, to
allow AcornCD-capable clients to fetch CD info off freedb servers.
Developer release - this is for developers, and include the AcornCD server, a test harness
client (including the source code of this, for now) and the documentation. This
release shouldn't really be necessary any more, seeing all the source is in CVS now.
Specification - Specification of the interface between the AcornCD server and any
client application. Saves you downloading the developer release or checking the
docs out of CVS.
Example submission code - some example C code I posted ages ago for creating a dynamic
area that holds an AcornCD database entry for use in submitting entries to AcornCD using
the wimp message interface.
Additionally, a nightly tarball
of the source is available, for those of you who want the latest and greatest, but have
problems using CVS.
This page maintained via CVS.