from the can-we-not-swallow-the-whole-file dept.
Paul Crowley asks: "Given an HTTP URL for an MP3 file, what's the best way to read its ID3 tags on a GNU/Linux system? It shouldn't be necessary to fetch the whole file: HTTP byteranges should make it possible to fetch only the tiny fraction that's needed, for a big saving in network bandwidth. However, existing ID3v2 libraries are designed to read local files. Extending these libraries for this purpose, or implementing a new one, would be a big job. What's the clean solution - is FUSE the best way, or is there a simpler way that doesn't require root privs? Can I do it using the existing id3lib binary?"
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-- Edsger Dijkstra