Subject: Re: burning DVDs?
To: matthew sporleder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chuck Swiger <email@example.com>
Date: 08/24/2005 12:46:46
matthew sporleder wrote:
> I would probably support this since diskettes are becoming pretty
> obsolete and we provide methods to read/write data onto them. Can
> this be kept small?
Sure, the size of burncd isn't a problem:
13-fs% ls -l /usr/sbin/burncd
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root wheel 18232 Jul 8 14:24 /usr/sbin/burncd*
However, I'm pretty sure that the ATA driver layer which this thing is a
wrapper to requires a lot more code. :-)
The thing is, burncd is ATA-only and does not support burning to SCSI, USB, or
Firewire devices. DVD support is also not entirely reliable-- try burning more
than 4GB with burncd? Be sure to verify your data!
dvd+rw-tools (the growisofs binary, dvd+rw-format, etc) is ~300K.
It works natively with SCSI devices and USB and Firewire which get emulated as
such, or requires using CAM, a SCSI-emulation layer, to work with ATAPI devices.
Either way, most people are also going to want to have cdrtools (aka mkisofs)
handy as well, which is ~2.1 MB.