How to use Picard offline?

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#1

I installed musicbrainz-server-2015-08-06.ova and musicbrainz picard 1.2 on Debian GNU/Linux 8.5.
Terminal in virtualbox displays prompt. I type help. A list of commands are displayed. Now what?
musicbrainz picard looks for internet connection, but I want it to look at the musicbrainz on my pc.
How to set up system for this? how can I tag my files offline, using MusicBrainz Picard?


#2

First off, the VM you downloaded is more than 1 year old (2015-08-06) and your version of Picard is six days away from being 2½ years old (2013-03-30).

You can get the most recent version of Picard at https://picard.musicbrainz.org/ (and please feel free to poke whomever handles packages in Debian to update their repositories…).

We’re currently “beta testing” the new VM; check out https://github.com/metabrainz/musicbrainz-vm to build it yourself, or where to get pre-built versions of the binary. Note that the VM doesn’t include a search server, so you’ll most likely want to set that up yourself too.


#3

This is exactly what you get when you choose the stable distribution, and is 100% intentional. So please don’t poke anyone over it. If you want rolling updates, use the rolling distribution (which in Debian is called testing).


#4

Well, requesting a backport would be reasonable (not sure how easy it’d be to make one, though—haven’t tried). Testing contains 1.3.2.


#5

Yeah, getting it into jessie-backports would be an option. However, in my experience, people rarely install packages from stable-backports.


#6

It’s probably getting more common, now that it’s an official part of Debian. I think the Jessie installer now offers it as an option (and previous installers didn’t). If that isn’t the Jessie one, then it’s the Stretch one I saw that in.

And of course, if it’s in backports anyone who asks for a newer Picard can be given relatively simple directions to install it.