cdrecord and dvds

ZIYAD A. M. AL-BATLY zamb at
Tue Jul 12 21:33:23 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-07-12 at 14:05 -0500, Carl Karsten wrote:
> I have a script that back's up dirs of data to DVD using cdrecord.
> When I run the cdrecod that I got with ubuntu, I get:
> cdrecord: Found DVD media but DVD-R/DVD-RW support code is missing.
> cdrecord: If you need DVD-R/DVD-RW support, ask the Author for cdrecord-ProDVD.
> cdrecord: Free test versions and free keys for personal use are at 
> cdrecord: This version of cdrecord does not include DVD-R/DVD-RW support code.
> cdrecord: See /usr/share/doc/cdrecord/README.DVD.Debian for details on DVD support.
> I read /usr/share/doc/cdrecord/README.DVD.Debian which says:
> apt-get source cdrtools
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree... Done
> E: Unable to find a source package for cdrtools
> (should I bugzilla this?)
> I did find that apt-get install dvdrtools gives me dvdrecord which I think is the 
> patched cdrecord, but it seems to be a much older version of cdrecord, and I am 
> using some newer options.
> Before I tweek my script to use the older version, is there a ubuntu way to get 
> the newer dvd enabled version of cdrecord?
> Carl K
Use "growisofs" which is installed by default in Ubuntu and is easier to
use than cdrecord.  See "man growisofs".  In a nutshell, to create a new
session with the contents of a directory "~/Backup", you would use
something like:
        growisofs -Z /dev/dvdrw -R -J -V "The Name of the Volume" ~/Backup

To add another session, you would run:
        growisofs -M /dev/dvdrw -R -J -V "The Name of the Volume" ~/Backup2

("-R" and "-J" are to enable "Rock Ridge" and "Microsoft Joliet"
extensions respectively.  All successive invocations must match the
first one except for the data to be copyed of course.)

The manual is very easy and straightforward.

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