[Bug 1424215] [NEW] growisofs BD-R overflow error despite capacity check

Thomas Schmitt scdbackup at gmx.net
Sat Feb 21 17:20:07 UTC 2015

Public bug reported:


firstly: thanks for taking care of

Secondly: I hate to say it now, but i think a Debian user
just complained about the problem's little brother:


reports that an oversized burn attempt used up the
medium and finally ended by

  :-[ WRITE at LBA=b87400h failed with SK=5h/END OF USER AREA ENCOUNTERED
ON THIS TRACK]: Input/output error

I believe that the not-yet-aware bug reporter in
forums.debian.org tried to squeeze data for the capacity of
an unformatted BD-R into a then formatted BD-R with not
enough capacity.

growisofs.c has code to prevent the start of such a burn:

  off64_t        capacity=0, ... ;
    if (ioctl_handle!=INVALID_HANDLE)
        capacity = get_capacity (ioctl_handle);
        if (capacity && progress.final > capacity)
        {   fprintf (stderr,":-( %s: %"LLD" blocks are free, "
                            "%"LLD" to be written!\n",

        pwrite64_method = poor_mans_setup (ioctl_handle,

But the BD-R gets automatically formatted not before the
call to growisofs_mmc.cpp : poor_mans_setup()

        case 0x41:      // BD-R SRM
            if ((disc_info[2]&3) == 0)  // blank
                bd_r_format (cmd);

This lets the capacity shrink from 25,025,314,816 to
24,220,008,448 = 0xb87400 * 2048.

I will have to think about possible remedies.
Problem is that one has to reliably predict the formatted
capacity in order not to format the BD-R and to then say
"Hey ! Now your data do not fit any more !"

But that would mean to derive a predictor function
from bd_r_format(). This will not be as small a patch
as the one in bug 1113679.
And not be developped in half an hour, i fear.
It does not only have to predict the size but also
whether auto-formatting will happen at all.

In any case i'd need a tester who's willing to burn
a few tightly filled BD-R (hopefully sucessfully).

Have a nice day :)


** Affects: dvd+rw-tools (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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