Application to show media type in CD/DVD drive

Chris Green cl at
Thu Dec 22 17:10:20 UTC 2011

On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 08:43:27AM -0800, Patton Echols wrote:
> On 12/22/2011 07:20 AM, Chris Green wrote:
> >On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 09:08:13AM -0600, CJ Tres wrote:
> >>On 12/22/2011 05:57 AM, Chris Green wrote:
> >>>What's a good application for showing what sort of disk has been put
> >>>into the CD/DVD drive?
> >>>
> >>>I currently have xfburn installed and that doesn't tell me anything about
> >>>the disk media.
> >>>
> >>Are you referring to blank or written disks?
> >Well, either really, I want to be able to check unmarked disks to see
> >what type of disk they are (CD or DVD, writable, re-writable, readable)
> >and, if they are read-only, see what sort of data is on the disk.
> >
> I don't really know, but what do you see if you insert various
> disks, wait for them to settle, then check the last lines in dmesg?
> If that works, you could come up with a command line that greps the
> relevant entry and prints to screen.
> Not elegant for sure . . .
I tried that, in many cases the result was absolutely nothing.

Chris Green

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