Subject: Re: burning DVDs?
To: matthew sporleder <>
From: Chuck Swiger <>
List: netbsd-users
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.