Re: console based cd burning (wodim and burn)
>It appears that cdrecord package is ... deprecated in debain(?) I am
Indeed, Debian is somehow deprecated these days.....
>trying to see what should I use to burn CD's from a terminal. This is on
>an Etch bases system with only icewm installed on it. I don't want to
>use nautilus cd burner and neither k3b, if I can help it.
>How do wodim and burn compare for such a task? Any experiences with
>these utilities? I am trying to decide which one to start and keep using
>depending on its stability and features. And it would be great to have
>the option of burning audio cd's with text information (never been able
>to do so with k3b, even with checking the cd-text option).
Wodim is based on _parts_ of an very outdated version of cdrtools.
Wodim does not include the DVD burning code from cdrecord and it does not
include dozen of bugfixes mainly in mkisofs that have been applied during
the past 12 months. As an important issue, wodum does not use the new enhanced
version of libscg that tries to reintegrate the unwanted /dev/hd* interface for
SCSI into the rest of the SCSI namespace from Linux.
If you use the Debian surrogate instead of the original, you suffer from the
- No support for hardlinks in Rock Ridge
- Incorrect permissions for many of the ".." directory entries,
so "cd .." wo'nt work.
- Incorrect link counts on directories.
- not correctly working deeply nested directories (level > 8)
- No find(1) support in mkiofs
- No corretly working graft points
- cdrecord/readcd/cdda2wav -scanbus does not find ATAPI drives on Linux
- No auto-target feature in cdrecord/readcd/cdda2wav (dev= parameter is
no longer needed with the original software)
- No correctly working DVD support from the third party DVD enhancement
hack used by wodim.
While most changes in the wodim source are a result of replacing a working
highly portable build system by something that does not work as good as the
original, the original software has been enhanced and:
- mkisofs did replace more than 1/3 of the code (mostly for bug-fixes) since
Debian did fetch the code
- More than 2/3 of the cdda2wav code has been reworked in order to clean
up the code, make it maintainable again and fixing bugs.
- More than 1/3 of the cdrecord code has been replaced or added since
Debian ffethced their code.
If you like to use a recent cdrtools, I recommend to use the latest source from:
Make sure that you install cdrecord/readcd/cdda2wav suid root, as Linux will not
support SCSI pass through correctly without root permissions. The programs
have been autited and are safe for being installed suid-root.
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