brasero complains of missing cdda2wav in Ubuntu Lucid

In Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) if you try to use Brasero to do a straight 1:1 copy of an audio disc, it will complain of missing ‘cdda2wav’.

cdda2wav is provided by icedax; you can install icedax using Synaptic or the following command:

sudo apt-get install icedax

However, you’ll still get a warning. This time brasero will tell you that something is missing, but it will not say what it is.

This is reported to Launchpad, against brasero, as bug #592626: brasero can’t copy audio cd (useless error message).

If you’re willing and able, I would encourage you to stop by the Launchpad site above and lend a hand towards getting this resolved. If you’re not able to do that, and just want to get things working, I actually suggest using k3b. As long as you don’t mind all the kde dependencies, it’s a great program.

Install k3b using Synaptic, or the command line: sudo apt-get install k3b

UPDATE: According to Launchpad’s bug report, this has been fixed since brasero 2.32.0-0ubuntu2.2. Users who continue to experience an issue should make sure they’ve updated, and then file new bug reports.



  1. #1 by LongIslandStart on July 11, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Thanks for the help — I was wondering why I couldn't back up my audio disc!
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  2. #2 by Nimmy on July 11, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    This is good to know as I plan on transferring all of my music CD's to my Archos 5 Internet Tablet via my main Ubuntu box.
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  3. #3 by Ben on July 22, 2010 - 11:29 am

    Oh my god, I though the bug nightmare was over with ubuntu 10.04 after: nvdia drivers issue (nouveau), then broken libc++5 for vpn software to work, then broken luks packages, now this, holy cow, what happened to: install ubuntu to get up and running? I'm sorry but from the moment I've been working with lucid (versus earlier releases) I've been feeling like I'm working with windows xp… lucid has to be buggiest release since before dapper.

    • #4 by Mike Beach on August 2, 2010 - 1:18 pm


      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I have to agree completely with you, except in comparing it to WinXP. I almost think WinME is a better comparison.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Linux and open-source in general, but I think it's wrong that a bug this severe comes down the pipe (and I'm talking strictly about this one; I'm sure there are many others that this applies to) and here we are in August, two months away from the next version release and it's still not fixed — It's marked as "Nominated for Maverick". This bug gets to sit around for an entire version release and not get fixed.

      It''s not even like this is affects a small number of users — it affects every Ubuntu user (since brasero is part of the Ubuntu install) and breaks the overall Ubuntu experience. I actually recommend Ubuntu every chance I get, but because of 10.04, I had to stop. I can't recommend an OS if the user experience is bad/broken, and regretfully, 10.04 is. Sadly, every time I turn around I find something new.

      I'll wait to see if 10.10 fixes these things, but I'm not optimistic.
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  4. #5 by Eric on August 25, 2010 - 1:36 pm

    From OMG! Ubuntu site

    Fix the Brasero copy/burn error

    8/25/2010 by Joey

    As someone sans a working DVD drive let alone something to burn or copy I have been largely unaware of a bug plaguing Brasero users during the last few releases: it fails to copy audio and data CD's and, for some, burning is also borked.

    Thankfully a fix is available – albeit via a 3rd party PPA. To install the patched Brasero (chances are this 'bug' will remain in Maverick) open a terminal via the applications > accessories menu and enter the following two lines carefully: –

    • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:renbag/ppa

    • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

    Thanks to Joe L

  5. #6 by cantek on September 10, 2010 - 8:13 am

    I've just install gnome-baker because of broken Brasero (and that's my "comeback" to gnome-baker I used before Brasero). Brasero in Ubuntu 10.04 is useless in fact – not only cdda2wav is missing, cdrdao also ("too old" warning).

  6. #7 by statmonkey on December 26, 2010 - 1:49 am

    Thanks for this but really Brasero is not worth the hassle. Besides being doggedly slow, it seems buggy for me and is often broken. The best fix for the problem is sudo apt-get install k3b imho.

  7. #8 by stanley82 on February 14, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    k3b proves quite frustrating. It read the audio CD then when I inserted the blank tells me ERROR no permission to write. Could it be that the OS asked me what app to use on the blank CD I’d inserted?
    Oh yes, Brasero complained
    Please install the following manually and try again:
    cdda2wav (application)
    cdrdao (application)
    cdrdao (application). I agree 10.10 is not to my liking on CD copying, strange as it was good. I suspect that as they update the stuff that Brasero uses libs c gtk etc the improvements have messed it up.

  8. #9 by stanley82 on February 15, 2011 - 11:13 am

    In reference to my previous post. When you insert the blank disk and ubuntu OS asks what to do just leave it and let k3b finish its job. Maybe click on k3b to bring it into focus.

  9. #10 by Yogiman on May 8, 2011 - 1:40 pm


    Open the software centre and search for: cdrdao install it.

    Then search for: icedax install it.

    Problem fixed.

    • #11 by Mike on May 8, 2011 - 8:35 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve checked into it, and yes, the bug has been marked ‘Fix Released’. Though I haven’t had a chance to personally test it, I’ve updated the article to reflect the bug’s status and point users towards updating and reporting new bugs per the bug note.

      Thank you again.

    • #12 by Robert on August 13, 2011 - 5:50 pm

      Thx for the info on the fix Yogiman. Seems to be working. The only irritating thing is that there should have been no “fix” necessary to begin with. I’m about ready to start referring to Ubuntu as the “Not Ready For Prime Time” OS.

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