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Re: does debian have other utilities similar to multicd ??

On Sunday 04 January 2009, "Joey L" <mjh2000@gmail.com> wrote about 'Re: 
does debian have other utilities similar to multicd ??':
>file by file copy  to some media
>no compression
>no "archive"
>readable with other OS
>if the directories specified are greater then the media max size (i.e.
> 4gig DVD-R)  the program or script will prompt you for the next media.

Not possible.  At least not without installing some software on the "other 

Since you've specified no archive, the filesystem must be responsible for 
determining what disk a particular file/directory is on and asking for you 
to be prompted.

DVDs are either iso9660 (rare, old) or UDF (normally).  Neither of these 
filesystems has this feature.  I actually don't know any filesystem that 
has this feature.  If there is, you'd need to make sure that all the OSes 
you have can read (at least) that filesystem, and use it on the DVDs.  
There are unfortunately, too much truly cross-OS filesystems.  Installing 
them is generally a good bit harder than installing a program, also.

Instead of having it implemented at the filesytem level, there might be a 
program which would use a normal iso9660 or UDF filesystem, and then store 
data about the other volumes in special files.  You'd have to use that 
program from doing the copy (not normal burning software) and you'd have 
to use that program for reading, if you wanted the information stored 
across multiple volumes to all be visible.  In "standard" file managers, 
you'd just see only the files stored wholely on that volume.

Of course, if you are having to use s special program to read and write 
data to the volumes, you might as well just use an existing proper 
archiver, just look for one that supports all the OSes you use.
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