Re: Multi Volume CD/DVDs
> Pardon my ignorance, but I would like to ask what is the commonly
> practiced method of creating multi-volume disks.
You must be referring to "Volume Sequence Number" defined for ISO9660
data-set. I myself would first wonder how common is support for
*accessing* of such multi-volume data-sets. Note that I'm not saying
that I know answer to either question, but I won't be surprised if
support for multi-volume *access* turns to be commonly poor.
> That is, for instance
> I need to burn a directory that has files whose combined size is, say
> 12 GB. How would one go about creating multiple ISO9660 images from it
> and then burning them on CD/DVDs. Is there a way that these images can
> themselves keep track of information like their position in the
> sequence, total number of images that constitute the complete dataset
Once again you probably should first wonder if and how target OS can use
this multi-volume field, because if it doesn't treat it in the way you
expect it to, then figuring out how to create multi-volume data-set
won't solve the problem.
> Also, what if the things are complicated by the existence of one or
> more files of size > 2GB. Is this a Linux only issue?
Note that it's not an inherent Linux limitation, but Linux isofs
implmentation issue. I mean you can access files larger than 2GB under
Linux, but not those residing on ISO9660 volume. And the fact that Linux
exhibits this deficiency doesn't mean that *all* other implementations
are bug-free. I mean breaking 2GB limit is indeed a problem with Linux
isofs implementation, but given this fact alone one can't tell that it's
not a problem on some other given OS.
> Is this an issue on 64 bit SGI IRIX systems?
I don't think anybody would be able to answer this question definitely.
The only way is to try... Keep in mind that in Linux it's rather "signed
vs. unsigned" than "32- vs. 64-bit" issue. A.