Wodim unable to write on DL DVD Drive

Preston Hagar prestonh at gmail.com
Mon Apr 1 21:41:00 UTC 2013

On Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM, JD <jd1008 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ubuntu 12.10 - latest updates
> K3b: 2.0.2 (it also failed)
> Wodim 1.1.11
> So, +R should work??
> I will look for -R DL media locally.
> Maybe a wodim or k3b developer will see this and offer some insight.

Short answer:

1.  Add this PPA to your source.list


2. apt-get update

3.   apt-get remove wodim
     apt-get install cdrecord
     apt-get install mkisofs

Try the burn again.

Long version:

Don't use wodim, it is terrible and not really maintained.

Up until around 2006, pretty much everyone used CDRTools from Jörg
Schilling.  Then, Debian decided that the CDRTools CDDL license was
incompatible with GPL software, and forked it to create CDRKit (now
wodim I think).  Development of CDRKit stopped a few months after
forking and has stayed pretty much stagnant for since then (with no
new updates for newer burners, etc.).

If you are having trouble burning CDs or DVDs, or even are getting
infrequent burn errors, I would recommend using CDRTools instead of
CDRKit.  You can get it through the PPA here:


To check to see which version of the burning libraries you currently
have installed, run

cdrecord -version

from the command line.  It should be newer than 2.01.01a09 and have
the copyright year and Jorg Schilling's name in it.  If you don't see
that, or are unsure, try CDRTools from the ppa.  Once installed, you
might need to double check that K3B or Brasero or whatever is pointed
to the right library.  You can either apt-get uninstall woodim or just
make sure which library K3B is pointed to.

If you want to read some from Jorg Schilling's point of view, here is
his web page about it:



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