2006-10-14 12:24:03 +00:00
add_ts_changes_to_libburn_0_2_3 Perfomed development version leap to cdrskin-0.2.3 2006-09-21 09:37:42 +00:00 Imported proper cdrskin files 2006-08-18 17:03:41 +00:00
cdrfifo.c Added an initial value on proposal by Bart Vanherck 2006-09-06 19:08:01 +00:00
cdrfifo.h Imported proper cdrskin files 2006-08-18 17:03:41 +00:00
cdrskin_eng.html Perfomed development version leap to cdrskin-0.2.3 2006-09-21 09:37:42 +00:00
cdrskin_timestamp.h Introduced burn_drive_enumerator_t to allow more complete sg-freebsd implementation 2006-10-14 12:24:03 +00:00
cdrskin.c Removed bug in burn_disc_write_sync(): BURN_DRIVE_IDLE, then d->sync_cache() 2006-10-13 11:46:07 +00:00
changelog.txt Perfomed development version leap to cdrskin-0.2.3 2006-09-21 09:37:42 +00:00
cleanup.c Made libburn and cdrskin build on my Linux again 2006-10-13 10:22:21 +00:00
cleanup.h Implemented new API function burn_set_signal_handling(), libburner uses it 2006-10-03 16:37:08 +00:00 Implemented new API function burn_set_signal_handling(), libburner uses it 2006-10-03 16:37:08 +00:00 Prepared for new revision timestamps to mark cdrskin test versions 2006-09-13 09:39:39 +00:00
README Changed pseudo-cdrecord addresses: /dev/hdX = ATA:(X-'a')/2,(X-'a')%2,0 2006-10-11 19:21:26 +00:00
wiki_plain.txt Added plain text copy of Cdrskin wiki 2006-08-21 08:15:50 +00:00

Installation instructions at about line 60. First the legal stuff:
This all is under GPL.
(See GPL reference, our clarification and commitment at the end of this text)
Based on and sub project of:
By Mario Danic <> and Thomas Schmitt <>
Copyright (C) 2006 Mario Danic, Thomas Schmitt is inspired by and in other components still containing
parts of
Libburn. By Derek Foreman <> and
            Ben Jansens <>
Copyright (C) 2002-2006  Derek Foreman and Ben Jansens
See toplevel README for an overview of the current copyright situation in

My thanks to the above authors (except myself, of course) for making the
following possible.

cdrskin. By Thomas Schmitt <>
Integrated sub project of but also published via:
Copyright (C) 2006 Thomas Schmitt


On top of libburn there is implemented cdrskin 0.2.3, a limited cdrecord
compatibility wrapper which allows to use some libburn features from
the command line.
Interested users of cdrecord are invited to participate in the development
of cdrskin. Contact: or .
We will keep copyright narrow but will of course acknowledge valuable
contributions in a due way.

Important :
This software is provided as is. There is no warranty implied and no
protection against possible damages. You use this on your own risk.
Don't blame me or other authors of libburn if anything goes wrong.

I used it on my own risk with :
SuSE 7.2, kernel 2.4.4,  ide-scsi emulation, LITE-ON LTR48125S CD burner
SuSE 9.0, kernel 2.4.21, ide-scsi emulation, LG GSA-4082B CD/DVD burner
RIP-14.4, kernel 2.6.14, no ide-scsi,        with both above burners

It fails to compile or run on SuSE 6.4 (kernel 2.2.14).
It does not find the IDE CD burner on SuSE 7.2 without ide-scsi.
Other people sucessfully tested cdrskin on several kernel 2.6 based x86 Linux
systems, including 64 bit systems. (Further reports are welcome.)

                   Compilation, First Glimpse, Installation

Obtain cdrskin-0.2.3.tar.gz , take it to a directory of your choice and do:

    tar xzf cdrskin-0.2.3.tar.gz
    cd cdrskin-0.2.3

Or obtain a SVN snapshot,
go into the toplevel directory of the snapshot (e.g.  cd libburn_pykix ),
and execute the autotools script ./bootstrap . Use autools version >= 1.7 .

Within that toplevel directory of either cdrskin-0.2.3 or libburn then execute:


(Note: there are next-level directories "libburn" and "cdrskin". Those
would be the wrong ones. Meant is the highest directory of tarball resp. 
SVN download. Among others containing files "AUTHORS", "configure", 
"", as well as directories "libburn" and "cdrskin".)

This will already produce a cdrskin binary. But it might be necessary to
install libburn in order to use this binary. Installation of libburn is
beyond the scope of cdrskin. For this, see included libburn docs.

In order to surely get a standalone binary, execute


Version identification an help texts available afterwards:
    cdrskin/cdrskin -version
    cdrskin/cdrskin --help
    cdrskin/cdrskin -help

Install (eventually as superuser) cdrskin to a directory where it can be found:
If cdrskin was already installed by a previous version, or by "make install"
in the course of this installation, then find out where:
    which cdrskin 
Copy your standalone binary to exactly the address which you get as reply 

    cp cdrskin/cdrskin /usr/bin/cdrskin

Check the version timestamps of the globally installed binary
    cdrskin -version

It is not necessary for the standalone cdrskin binary to have libburn
installed, since it incorporates the necessary libburn parts at compile time.
It will not collide with an installed version of libburn either.
But libpthread must be installed on the system and glibc has to match. (See
below for a way to create a statically linked binary.)


The user of cdrskin needs rw-permission for the CD burner device.
A list of rw-accessible drives can be obtained by

    cdrskin --devices

CD devices which offer no rw-permission are invisible to normal users.
The superuser should be able to see any usable drive and then set the
permissions as needed. If this hangs then there is a drive with
unexpected problems (locked, busy, broken, whatever). You might have to
guess the address of your (non-broken) burner by other means, then.
On Linux 2.4 this would be some /dev/sgN and on 2.6. some /dev/hdX.

The output of  cdrskin --devices  might look like

    0  dev='/dev/sg0'  rwrwr- :  'TEAC'  'CD-ROM CD-532S'
    1  dev='/dev/sg1'  rwrw-- :  'LITE-ON'  'LTR-48125S'

So full and insecure enabling of both for everybody would look like

    chmod a+rw /dev/sg0 /dev/sg1

(The CD-ROM is in these examples only for demonstrating the presence of another
 SCSI device. This /dev/sg0 may be left as it is and stay invisible for normal

I strongly discourage to run cdrskin with setuid root or via sudo !
It is not checked for the necessary degree of hacker safety.

                                Usage examples 

Get an overview of cdrecord style addresses of available devices
    cdrskin -scanbus 
    cdrskin dev=ATA -scanbus 

Note: Adresses reported with dev=ATA are to be used with prefix "ATA:".
      Like "ATA:2,2,0" . Their numbers are not cdrecord compatible. See
      "Pseudo-SCSI Adresses". It is well possible to use IDE device file
      paths like "/dev/hdc" rather than "ATA:2,2,0".
      With SCSI devices it is possible to use "/dev/sg1" or "/dev/scd0".
Note: Address numbers have changed since cdrskin-0.2.2. To get the old number
      scheme, use option  --old_pseudo_scsi_adr . Sorry for any inconvenience.

Obtain some info about the drive
    cdrskin dev=1,1,0 -checkdrive 

Obtain some info about the drive and the inserted media
    cdrskin dev=1,1,0 -atip 

Thoroughly blank a CD-RW
    cdrskin -v dev=1,1,0 blank=all -eject 

Blank CD-RW sufficiently for making it ready for overwrite
    cdrskin -v dev=1,1,0 blank=fast -eject 

Burn image file  my_image.iso  to CD
    cdrskin -v dev=1,1,0 speed=12 fs=8m -sao driveropts=burnfree padsize=300k \
            -eject  my_image.iso 

Burn a compressed afio archive to CD on-the-fly
    find . | afio -oZ - | cdrskin -v dev=1,1,0 fs=32m speed=8 -sao \
                                  driveropts=burnfree padsize=300k tsize=650m - 

Burn 5 audio tracks to CD
    ogg123 -d raw -f /path/to/track1.ogg
    oggdec -R -o /path/to/track2.ogg
    lame --decode -t /path/to/track3.mp3   
    madplay -o /path/to/track4.mp3
    mppdec --raw-le /path/to/track5.mpc
    cdrskin dev=/dev/hdc blank=fast fs=0 -eject -audio track0[1-5].cd

           Usage example with

Address may be a cdrecord-style  "scsibus,target,lun"  as listed with
cdrskin -scanbus (but not as listed with cdrecord -scanbus) :

    export SCDBACKUP_SCSI_ADR="1,1,0"

or a device file address as listed by --devices with an accessible drive :

    export SCDBACKUP_SCSI_ADR="/dev/sg1"

Set usage of cdrskin with appropriate options rather than cdrecord :

    export SCDBACKUP_CDRECORD="cdrskin -v -v tao_to_sao_tsize=650m"

Run a backup :



The convenient burn mode TAO is not available with libburn yet.
Therefore it has to be defaulted to mode SAO which needs to know the track
size in advance. non-cdrecord option  tao_to_sao_tsize=650m  causes each CD
to get burned up to 650 MB regardless of the payload size.

Audio features are incomplete in respect to cdrecord. Well prepaired track
files should get burned flawlessly, thanks to Lorenzo Taylor.
Builtin extraction of raw audio data from filetypes .au and .wav is not
implemented yet. See chapter "Audio CD" for details.

No multi session yet ... Please report your wishes.

                           Inspiration and Standard

For the original meaning of cdrecord options see :
    man cdrecord 
Do not bother Joerg Schilling with any cdrskin problems.
(Be cursed if you install cdrskin as "cdrecord" without clearly forwarding
 this "don't bother Joerg" demand.)   
cdrskin does not contain any bytes copied from cdrecord's sources. Many bytes
have been copied from the message output of cdrecord runs, though. I am
thankful to Joerg Schilling for every single one of them.

Actually i, Thomas Schmitt, am a devoted user of cdrecord via my project
scdbackup which still runs a bit better with cdrecord than with cdrskin. TAO.
I have the hope that Joerg feels more flattered than annoyed by cdrskin.

                             Pseudo-SCSI Adresses

cdrecord and cdrskin share the syntax of addresses but not necessarily
the meaning of the components. A cdrecord-style address for cdrskin
can be interpreted in two different modes.

Standard mode tries to be compatible to original cdrecord. This should be true
with (emulated) SCSI where the /dev/sgN with is looked up with matching
scsibus,target,lun as given by the operating system.
With dev=ATA: or dev=ATAPI: the translation to /dev/hdX is purely literal
but matches the cdrecord addresses on all systems tested so far:
  X = 'a' + 2 * scsibus + target
where target only may have the values 0 or 1.

In this mode, option -scanbus will list only SCSI devices unless option
dev=ATA or dev=ATAPI are given, which will suppress SCSI devices and only
show IDE drives (i.e. /dev/hdX without ide-scsi emulation).

In mode  --old_pseudo_scsi_adr  there is a scsibus,target,lun representation
which has nothing to do with SCSI and thus is not compatible to cdrecord.
Each number triple corresponds either to a device file address or to a
libburn drive number.
Component "scsibus" indicates the translation method. Defined busses are:
  0  target is the libburn drivenumber as listed with --devices
  1  associated to device file /dev/sgN , target chooses N
  2  associated to device file /dev/hdX , target 0='a', 1='b' ..., 25='z' 

So "1,1,0" is /dev/sg1, "2,3,0" is /dev/hdd, "0,2,0" is libburn drive #2 at
some unspecified device file. 
This scheme shall help to keep cdrecord-style addresses stable and exchangeable
between users without excluding drives with unexpected device addresses.
The numbering on bus 0 is prone to arbitrary changes caused by changes in
drive accessability.
Further busses may emerge as libburn evolves. "prefix" and "lun" may get
a meaning. To stay upward compatible, use addresses as printed by -scanbus.

Some programs or users have their own ideas about the address of their burner.
K3b 0.10 for example derives cdrecord addresses by own examination of the
devices and not by calling cdrecord -scanbus.
Standard mode will hopefully be fully compatible with their ideas.

Old frontends which do not know dev=ATA or dev=ATAPI and which do ask their
"cdrecord" via -scanbus may be well served with option  --old_pseudo_scsi_adr .

To direct any stubborn callers to the appropriate drives, cdrskin allows to
define device address aliases. Like
  cdrskin dev_translation=+1,0,0+/dev/sg1 \
          dev_translation=+ATA:1,0,0+/dev/sg1 \
          dev_translation=-"cd+dvd"-1,1,0 \
Any of the addresses dev=1,0,0, dev=ATA:1,0,0, dev=cd+dvd will be mapped to
/dev/sg1 resp. to its standard alias 1,1,0.
The first character after "dev_translation=" defines the character which
separates the two parts of the translation pair. (Above: "+" and "-".)

In K3b 0.10 it is possible to employ alternative writer programs by setting
their full path (e.g. /usr/bin/cdrskin) in menu
  Settings:Configure K3b...:Programs:Search Path 
and to make them default in menu
  Settings:Configure K3b...:Programs:Programs:
A suitable setting for "cdrecord" in menu 
  Settings:Configure K3b...:Programs:User Parameters
would then probably be
  -v dev_translation=+1,0,0+/dev/sg1
You will learn from button "Show Debugging Output" after a failed burn run
what cdrecord command was used with what address "dev=...". This address "..."
will be the right one to replace "1,0,0" in above example.

                                 Startup Files

If not --no_rc is the first argument then cdrskin attempts on startup to read
arguments from the following three files:
The files are read in the sequence given above.
Each readable line is treated as one single argument. No extra blanks.
A first character '#' marks a comment, empty lines are ignored.

Example content of a startup file:
# This is the default device
# To accomodate to eventual remnant cdrskin-0.2.2 addresses

# Some more options

                                  Audio CD

Builtin extraction of raw audio data from filetypes .au and .wav is not
implemented yet. Lorenzo Taylor enabled option -audio in cdrskin (thanks !)
and reports neat results with audio data files which are :
  16bit, stereo (or 4-channel if the 4-channel bit is set),
  little-endian byte order
He proposes to extract them from usual audio formats by commands like
given above under "Usage examples".

The existence of cdrecord-builtin .wav extraction seems to have
hampered the development of a standalone stripping tool. If you know
a command line that would do the trick, contact me or .
I myself am not into audio. So might be the
best address for suggestions, requests and bug reports.

                        Special compilation variations

You may get a (super fat) statically linked binary by :
    cdrskin/ -static
if your system supports static linking, at all. This will not help with kernels
which do not properly support the necessary low-level interfaces chosen by
your compile-time libraries.

A size reduced but fully functional binary may be produced by 
    cdrskin/ -do_strip

An extra lean binary with reduced capabilities is created by
    cdrskin/ -do_diet -do_strip
It will not read startup files, will abort on option  dev_translation= ,
will not have a fifo buffer, and will not be able to put out help texts or
debugging messages.


    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
    (at your option) any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    GNU General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
    along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
    Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA

cdrskin is currently copyright Thomas Schmitt only.
It adopts the following commitment by the toplevel copyright holders:

We, the copyright holders, agree on the interpretation that
dynamical linking of our libraries constitutes "use of" and
not "derivation from" our work in the sense of GPL, provided
those libraries are compiled from our unaltered code.

Thus you may link our libraries dynamically with applications
which are not under GPL. You may distribute our libraries and
application tools in binary form, if you fulfill the usual
condition of GPL to offer a copy of the source code -altered
or unaltered- under GPL.

We ask you politely to use our work in open source spirit
and with the due reference to the entire open source community.

If there should really arise the case where above clarification
does not suffice to fulfill a clear and neat request in open source
spirit that would otherwise be declined for mere formal reasons,
only in that case we will duely consider to issue a special license
covering only that special case.
It is the open source idea of responsible freedom which will be
decisive and you will have to prove that you exhausted all own
means to qualify for GPL.

For now we are firmly committed to maintain one single license: GPL.

signed for cdrskin: Thomas Schmitt