Ubuntu – How to debug Rhythmbox missing plugin for burning CD


I want to burn a CD using Rhythmbox. I cannot get it to work. I want to find out why but more I want to learn how to debug a problem like this, which occurs pretty much any time I try to do anything in Ubuntu.

This page says "Right click on the created or desired playlist and select Create Audio CD". My first question is, why does it say that when right clicking on a Playlist in Rhythmbox does not produce a context menu? Are these instructions years and years out of date or were they always wrong since the beginning?

This page is helpful, explaining that I first need to enable the Audio CD Recorder plugin, then find the menu item in the Playlist menu. I would do that except my plugins list doesn't have Audio CD Recorder and that menu item is missing. My second question is, how do I figure out where that plugin went? Every other Rhythmbox user in the world seems to have it.

Looking for the plugin, I googled "Rhythmbox plugins" and the first link is to this page which literally doesn't exist.

So I have failed to solve this on my own and I'd like to learn better ways to do that in the future.

Best Answer

  • Lets start with rhythmbox package dependencies. On my 16.04 LTS:

    $ apt-cache depends rhythmbox
      Depends: libc6
      Depends: libglib2.0-0
      Depends: libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-0
      Depends: libgstreamer1.0-0
      Depends: libgtk-3-0
      Depends: libpeas-1.0-0
      Depends: librhythmbox-core9
      Depends: libtotem-plparser18
      Depends: libx11-6
      Depends: python3
      Depends: python3
      Depends: python3.5
      Depends: rhythmbox-data
      Depends: dbus
      Depends: gstreamer1.0-plugins-base
      Depends: gstreamer1.0-plugins-good
      Depends: adwaita-icon-theme
      Depends: gstreamer1.0-x
      Depends: media-player-info
      Depends: gir1.2-rb-3.0
      Depends: gir1.2-glib-2.0
      Depends: gir1.2-gtk-3.0
      Depends: python3-gi
      Depends: libpeas-1.0-0-python3loader
      Breaks: gvfs
      Recommends: yelp
      Recommends: avahi-daemon
      Recommends: notification-daemon
      Recommends: gstreamer1.0-pulseaudio
      Recommends: gvfs-backends
      Recommends: rhythmbox-plugins
      Recommends: rhythmbox-plugin-zeitgeist
      Suggests: gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad
      Suggests: <gnome-codec-install>
     |Suggests: gnome-control-center
      Suggests: unity-control-center
      Suggests: rhythmbox-plugin-cdrecorder # <--- seems to be CD recording one

    So I assume that sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-cdrecorder will fix the problem (it uses Brasero as CD/DVD writer).

    And make sure that you have enabled Audio CD Recorder in Rhythmbox (go to Tools -> Plugins, checkbox Audio CD Recorder should be checked).