Chapter 11. CD and DVD Recording


Linux offers a host of CD/DVD writing and authoring utilities. The entire field is evolving rapidly, and CD/DVD standards are in a chaotic state. There are several competing, incompatible standards, and more are looming on the horizon as commercial distributors toil to develop a magical disc that will permit playback but not copying. This chapter sidesteps all of this drama and introduces some basic techniques for writing data CDs and DVDs. You’ll need the cdrtools and dvd+rw-tools packages.

To create discs the easy way, use K3b. It is a graphical frontend to cdrtools, cdrdao, mkisofs, growisofs, and other command-line editing tools. K3b makes it easy to set up your drives and to give users any necessary root privileges, such as those required by cdrecord and cdrdao. The layout is logical and simple to use; it gets my vote as the best CD/DVD writer on any platform. Of course, the Linux world offers many more choices, such as GCombust, X-CD-Roast, and Gnome Toaster. These are all simple to use, so this chapter will cover the command-line tools. Understanding these will also make the graphical tools more useful, as you’ll understand the commands and weird terminology.

A major change in the 2.6 kernel is that you no longer need to use SCSI emulation for CD/DVD drives. Instead of running cdrecord scanbus to find the SCSI bus addresses, simply use the /dev names of the devices:

            # cdrecord dev=/dev/hdc <commands>


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