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I'm ripping DVDs using a series of calls like

mplayer -dumpfile foo$i.vob -dumpstream dvd://$i

and using lsdvd to list the available streams to rip. Here is an example command I wrote for this

for i in $(lsdvd 2>&1 | egrep "^Title" | sed -e 's|Title: \(..\).*|\1|g'); 
  do mplayer -dumpfile foo$i.vob -dumpstream dvd://$i; 
done

For DVDs of TV shows, how do I know which streams go together for each 'episode', in other words, can I somehow rip the "episode guide" from the disc as well?

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This really isn't the place for this sort of question. –  Ramhound Jun 11 '12 at 19:21
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@Ramhound Why not? I can rip anything I want from DVDs I own. The general consensus on DRM-related topics is that they're given the benefit of doubt – and that's from Jeff Atwood, the site's owner. –  slhck Jun 11 '12 at 19:32
    
I think he might have been trying to say that maybe another StackExchange site would be a better fit for this question. Though I don't know what site that would be.... –  killermist Jun 13 '12 at 13:36

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For DVD ripping, I generally use a GUI program that can show previews, which makes it easier to determine which episode is what. The tool I use most often is Handbrake.

How to determine stream/episode correlation from commandline, I don't know.

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Handbrake is a good tool, thank you for the suggestion. For my setup, command line management is ideal and the server I'm using to store the vobs doesn't have a GUI (but has a lot of storage). Yes I could start up a window manager, but I prefer not to. –  payo Jun 13 '12 at 17:52
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@payo In spite of the lack of GUI, you could x-tunnel Handbrake from the work machine to the "headed" machine you're working from. As long as you don't have network lossyness, it should work OK. I currently use several programs remotely (pidgin and transmission) from a machine that is dedicated to other purposes. –  killermist Jun 14 '12 at 0:11

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