Subject: Re: CD-R with NetBSD-1.3?
To: Brian Buhrow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chris Jones <email@example.com>
Date: 01/14/1998 14:38:49
On Mon, 12 Jan 1998, Brian Buhrow wrote:
> I believe cdrecord has its own SCSI level driver, so as long as you
> can expose the SCSI layer to cdrecord, it should work. This should be true
> whether or not the device shows up as a cd or as uk. The advantage of
> having it show up as a cd is that you can use the cd driver to actually
> read from the cds you burn rather than having to switch them to another cd
> player to test them.
This is my impression, too.
> My Sony 920S shows up as device type 4 which I guess is WORM. Since
> the cd driver doesn't recognize this type of device as something it can
> drive, the subsystem doesn't assign it to the cd driver. Thus, I get uk0
> at target 5 lun 0.
My HP 4020i doesn't appear to have a mechanism allowing it to switch from
type 5 to type 4. Hmmph.
> For ease of use with cdrecord, I symlink /dev/scgx to /dev/uk0. I
> suspect that if this thing showed up as a cd, I could symlink /dev/scgx to
> /dev/cdxa and it would work. Incidentally, I burned my first cd last night
> on the Sony with cdrecord 1.6, NetBSD 1.2G and the uk device. It worked
Actually, I think you'd need to link it to cd0d. I tried it with cd0a,
and I couldn't even get inquiry info from the CD-R. With cd0d, however,
it works. (That's probably cd0c on other ports.) This guess is supported
by something I saw in one of many man pages I browsed; maybe cd(4).
> I suspect your problem is some timing incompatibility between the SCSI
> CD-R driver inside cdrecord and your actual device. Is it possible that
> the device you have is a different revision than the one used to develop
> the driver?
I sort of doubt it, but it *is* possible. According to the friend I
borrowed this from, this is one of the very first CD-R drives that came
out. I would think that it would, therefore, be more likely to have code
written for it.
Does anybody know if there's any reason why NetBSD doesn't have a WORM (or
CD-R) driver? Would such a thing even be necessary, or do people think
it's a better idea to go with programs like cdrecord, which uses the
generic scsi(4) interface?
Chris Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Mad scientist in training...
"Is this going to be a stand-up programming session, sir, or another bug hunt?"