[wellylug] CDRW in RH 7.2
jharker at massey.ac.nz
Wed Jan 22 10:24:23 NZDT 2003
On Friday 17 Jan 2003 6:52 pm, Andrew Presant wrote:
> Should I be trying to mount a blank CD?
> How do you burn to a CDR in Linux?
(see below for GUI tools)
CDROMs work by using the ISO9660 file system. ISO supports only 11 character
filenames (like DOS), hence the various ISO extensions to support things like
long filenames (HFS for Mac, Joliet for Windows, Rockridge for *nix, and
In Linux (and in Windows & Mac too, but it is all hidden from you behind
pretty buttons), CD burning is done in two steps.
First, make an ISO "image" of the files and data to be written to the CD. The
ISO layout is complicated, as it has to be written in one go, and has tricky
redundancy and error checking built in. The ISO image will be a single large
file, generally with .iso on the end of the filename. Linux distros from the
web can usually be downloaded as ready-made ISO images. The tool to make an
ISO image in Linux is mkisofs. The man pages (type man mkisofs at the command
line) are very helpful and detailed.
Second, burn the ISO image to the disk, using cdrecord.
> Is there a (free) program (GUI please) I can use to burn CDs with Linux?
xcdroast, gcombust and gnome toaster are three GUI tools that pass your
options to the two command line tools mentioned above. I must admit, most of
the time I can't be bothered twiddling around with command line options, so I
just use xcdroast. IIRC, at least one of these GUI tools comes with RedHat.
The really cool thing, however, is that if you're a sysadmin you can stick
mkisofs and cdrecord commands in your shell scripts for doing things like
Hope that helps...
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