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<H1> cdrskin </H1>
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<H2>Limited cdrecord compatibility wrapper for libburn</H2>
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<H2>Purpose:</H2>
<UL>
<LI>Burns preformatted data to CD-R or CD-RW</LI>
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<H2>Hardware requirements:</H2>
A CD recorder suitable for
<A HREF="http://libburnia.pykix.org">libburnia.pykix.org</A>
(SCSI or IDE/ATAPI writers compliant to mmc-3 standard).
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<H2>Software requirements :</H2>
<DL>
<DT>Linux kernel 2.4 or higher</DT>
<DD>With kernel 2.4 the drive has to be under ide-scsi emulation.</DD>
<DD>With kernel 2.6 the drive should not be under ide-scsi.</DD>
<DT>libpthread</DT>
<DD>is supposed to be a standard system component.</DD>
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<H2>
GPL software included:<BR>
</H2>
<DL>
<DT>libburn-0.2.6</DT>
<DD>(by Derek Foreman, Ben Jansens, and team of libburnia.pykix.org)</DD>
<DD>transfers data to CD</DD>
</DL>
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This program system has been tested on Intel/AMD Linux systems only.<BR>
Ports to other usable systems are appreciated. Reports are welcome.
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<H2>Special features:</H2>
<UL>
<LI>Source code is independent of
<A HREF="http://cdrecord.berlios.de/old/private/cdrecord.html">cdrecord</A>
</LI>
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<H2>Commands:</H2>
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<DT>The goal is to provide some of cdrecord's options in a compatible way.
This has been achieved quite sufficiently for the needs of backup tool
<A HREF="http://scdbackup.sourceforge.net/main_eng.html">scdbackup</A>
and for data CD projects of <A HREF="http://www.k3b.org">K3b</A>
(see <A HREF="#examples">examples</A>).
Suitability for audio CD frontends has been improved much and is now being
evaluated.<BR>
Further enhancements depend on people who can describe and discuss their
wishes as well as on the development of libburn.</DT>
<BR><BR>
<DT>Get an overview of drives:</DT>
<DD>$ cdrskin -scanbus</DD>
<DD>$ cdrskin dev=ATA -scanbus</DD>
<DD>$ cdrskin --devices</DD>
<DT>Get info about a particular drive or loaded media:</DT>
<DD>$ cdrskin dev=0,1,0 -checkdrive</DD>
<DD>$ cdrskin dev=ATA:1,0,0 -atip</DD>
<DD>$ cdrskin dev=/dev/hdc -toc</DD>
<DT>Make used CD-RW writable again:</DT>
<DD>$ cdrskin -v dev=/dev/sg1 blank=all -eject</DD>
<DD>$ cdrskin -v dev=/dev/dvd blank=fast -eject</DD>
<DT>Write ISO-9660 filesystem image:</DT>
<DD>$ cdrskin -v dev=/dev/hdc speed=12 fs=8m driveropts=burnfree -sao -eject padsize=300k my_image.iso</DD>
<DT>Write compressed afio archive on-the-fly :</DT>
<DD>$ find . | afio -oZ - | cdrskin -v dev=0,1,0 fs=32m speed=8 driveropts=burnfree padsize=300k -tao -</DD>
<DT>Write audio tracks:</DT>
<DD>$ cdrskin -v dev=ATA:1,0,0 speed=48 driveropts=burnfree -sao track1.wav track2.au -audio -swab track3.raw
<DD>
<BR>
<DT><A HREF="cdrskin_help">cdrskin -help</A></DT>
<DD>reports the cdrecord compatible options</DD>
<DT><A HREF="cdrskin__help">cdrskin --help</A></DT>
<DD>reports the non-cdrecord options</DD>
<DT><A HREF="http://cdrecord.berlios.de/old/private/man/cdrecord-2.0.html">man cdrecord</A></DT>
<DD>documents the standard for which cdrskin is striving.
<B>Do not bother Joerg Schilling with any cdrskin problems.</B>
(Be cursed if you install cdrskin as "cdrecord" without clearly forwarding
this "don't bother Joerg" demand.)
</DD>
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<H2>Known deficiencies:</H2>
<UL>
<DT></DT>
<LI>
Appending sessions to unclosed media is restricted to write mode TAO.
</LI>
<LI>
cdrskin -scanbus or --devices hangs for quite a while if there is
a CD drive which does not work properly (e.g. because it has individual
problems with DMA).
So if the superuser gets no result with cdrskin --devices then one should
disable DMA with the problematic CD drives
(like: <KBD>hdparm -d0 /dev/hdd</KBD> )
and try again.<BR>
In severe cases it might be necessary to guess the device name /dev/sgN resp.
/dev/hdX of the non-ill burner if it cannot be found otherwise among its
ill peers. Alternatively one can guess the address of the ill device, remove
rw-permissions and retry the bus scan as non-superuser.
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<DT>Download as source code (see README):</DT>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin-0.2.6.pl01.tar.gz">cdrskin-0.2.6.pl01.tar.gz</A>
(510 KB).
</DD>
<DD>
The "stable" cdrskin tarballs are source code identical with "stable"
libburn releases or with "stabilized" libburn SVN snapshots. They get
produced via a different procedure, though.<BR>
cdrskin is part of libburn - full libburn is provided with cdrskin releases.
</DD>
<DD>&nbsp;</DD>
<DT>Download as single x86 binaries (untar and move to /usr/bin/cdrskin):</DT>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin_0.2.6.pl01-x86-suse9_0.tar.gz">
cdrskin_0.2.6.pl01-x86-suse9_0.tar.gz</A>, (60 KB),
<DL>
<DD>runs on SuSE 9.0 (2.4.21) , RIP-14.4 (2.6.14) ,
Gentoo (2.6.15 x86_64 Athlon).</DD>
</DL>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin_0.2.6.pl01-x86-suse9_0-static.tar.gz">
cdrskin_0.2.6.pl01-x86-suse9_0-static.tar.gz</A>, (260 KB), -static compiled,
<DL>
<DD>runs on SuSE 7.2 (2.4.4), and on the systems above.</DD>
</DL>
</DD>
</DL>
<DL><DT>Documentation:</DT>
<DD><A HREF="README_cdrskin">README</A> a short introduction</DD>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin__help">cdrskin --help</A> non-cdrecord options</DD>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin_help">cdrskin -help</A> cdrecord compatible options</DD>
<DD>&nbsp;</DD>
</DL>
<DL><DT>Contact:</DT>
<DD>Thomas Schmitt, <A HREF="mailto:scdbackup@gmx.net">scdbackup@gmx.net</A></DD>
</DL>
<DL><DT>License:</DT>
<DD><A HREF="COPYING_cdrskin">GPL</A>, an <A HREF="http://www.opensource.org/">Open Source</A> approved license</DD>
<DD>&nbsp;</DD>
</DL>
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<P>
Enhancements towards previous stable version cdrskin-0.2.4:
<UL>
<LI>Option <KBD><B>-tao</B></KBD> is fully enabled.<BR>
SAO is still the preferred default but TAO is default if a track of
unpredicted size is present (stdin, named pipe, ...) or if a follow-up
session is written to an appendable CD.
(This is an intentional deviation from cdrecord defaults which themselves
have changed with the newest cdrecord versions.)
</LI>
<LI>Status report during blank, preparation and finalization improved.</LI>
<LI>Bug fixed: Trailing trash appended to .wav files caused error message
and, if exceeding fifo size, could even stall a burn.
(Workaround: disable fifo by <KBD><B>fs=0</B></KBD>)</LI>
<LI>Bug fixed: False speed with first pacifier cycle. Potential program
abort by floating point exception (NaN).</LI>
<LI>multi-session CDs: <KBD><B>-multi</B></KBD>, <KBD><B>-msinfo</B></KBD>,
writing to appendable CDs (for now restricted to write mode TAO).</LI>
</UL>
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<DL>
<DT><H3>Development snapshot, version 0.2.7 :</H3></DT>
<DD>Enhancements towards stable version 0.2.6:
<UL>
<LI>Improved recognition of unsuitable media types</LI>
</UL>
</DD>
<DD>&nbsp;</DD>
<DD><A HREF="README_cdrskin_devel">README 0.2.7</A>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin__help_devel">cdrskin_0.2.7 --help</A></DD>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin_help_devel">cdrskin_0.2.7 -help</A></DD>
<DD>&nbsp;</DD>
<DT>Maintainers of cdrskin unstable packages please use SVN of
<A HREF="http://libburnia.pykix.org"> libburnia.pykix.org</A></DT>
<DD>Download: <KBD><B>svn co http://libburnia-svn.pykix.org/libburn/trunk libburn_pykix</B>
</KBD></DD>
<DD>Build: <KBD><B>cd libburn_pykix ; ./bootstrap ; ./configure ; make</B>
</KBD></DD>
<DD>Build of SVN versions needs <A HREF="http://sources.redhat.com/autobook/">
autotools</A> of at least version 1.7 installed.
But after the run of <KBD>./bootstrap</KBD>, only
vanilla tools like make and gcc are needed.</DD>
</DD>
<DD>&nbsp;</DD>
<DT>The following downloads are intended for adventurous end users or
admins with full system souvereignty.</DT>
<DD>Source (./bootstrap is already applied, build tested, for more see above
<A HREF="README_cdrskin_devel">upcoming README</A> ):
</DD>
<DD>
<A HREF="cdrskin-0.2.7.tar.gz">cdrskin-0.2.7.tar.gz</A>
(500 KB).
</DD>
<DD>Binary (untar and move to /usr/bin/cdrskin):</DD>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin_0.2.7-x86-suse9_0.tar.gz">
cdrskin_0.2.7-x86-suse9_0.tar.gz</A>, (60 KB).
</DD>
<DD><A HREF="cdrskin_0.2.7-x86-suse9_0-static.tar.gz">
cdrskin_0.2.7-x86-suse9_0-static.tar.gz</A>, (260 KB)
</DD>
</DL>
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<HR>
<P>
Many thanks to Joerg Schilling for cdrecord,
<BR>
and to Derek Foreman and Ben Jansens for creating libburn.
<BR>
Historic versions based on Derek's and Ben's
<A HREF="http://icculus.org/burn">icculus.org/burn</A> :<BR>
<A HREF="cdrskin-0.1.2.0.2.ts.tar.gz">cdrskin-0.1.2.0.2.ts.tar.gz</A><BR>
<A HREF="cdrskin-0.1.3.0.2.ts.tar.gz">cdrskin-0.1.3.0.2.ts.tar.gz</A>
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<A NAME="examples">
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<DT>Example for a setup of device permissions. To be done by the superuser:</DT>
<DT>(CD devices which offer no r-permission are invisible to normal users.)</DT>
<DT>(CD devices which offer no w-permission are not useable.)</DT>
<DD># <KBD><B>cdrskin --devices</B></KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>...</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>0&nbsp; dev='/dev/sg0'&nbsp; rwrwr- :&nbsp; 'TEAC' 'CD-ROM CD-532S'</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>1&nbsp; dev='/dev/hdc'&nbsp; rwrw-- :&nbsp; 'LITE-ON' 'LTR-48125S'</KBD></DD>
<DD># <KBD><B>chmod a+rw /dev/sg0 /dev/hdc</B></KBD></DD>
</DL>
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<HR>
<A NAME="k3b">
<P>
<A HREF="k3b_on_cdrskin.html">
Example how to setup K3b to use cdrskin for burning data CD projects.
<A><BR>
(<A HREF="http://www.k3b.org">K3b</A>
is a GUI frontend which uses cdrecord for CD burning.)
</P>
<HR>
<A NAME="scdbackup">
<P>
<DL>
<DT>Example for a test session with a cdrecord based scdbackup installation:</DT>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>cdrskin -scanbus</B></KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>...</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2,0,0 &nbsp;&nbsp; 0)&nbsp; 'TEAC' 'CD-ROM CD-532S' '?' Removable CD-ROM</KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>cdrskin -scanbus dev=ATA</B></KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>...</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1,0,0 &nbsp;&nbsp; 1)&nbsp; 'LITE-ON' 'LTR-48125S' '?' Removable CD-ROM</KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>export SCDBACKUP_SCSI_ADR="ATA:1,0,0"</B></KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>export SCDBACKUP_CDRECORD="cdrskin -v -v tao_to_sao_tsize=650m"</B></KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>scdbackup_home</B></KBD></DD>
</DL>
<DL>
<DT>Example for a permanent configuration of cdrskin based scdbackup</DT>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>cd scdbackup-0.8.6/inst</B></KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>export SCDBACKUP_USE_CDRSKIN=1</B></KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>./CONFIGURE_CD</B></KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>...</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>cdrskin 0.2.6 : limited cdrecord compatibility wrapper for libburn</KBD></DD>
</DL>
If your system is stricken with some ill CD device then this can stall
and you will have to press <KBD>Ctrl+C</KBD> to abort.
In this case, you may execute
<KBD>export SCDBACKUP_NO_SCANBUS=1</KBD>
and try again.
<DL>
<DT></DT>
<DD><KBD> ------------------- SCSI devices. To be used like &nbsp;&nbsp; 0,0,0</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2,0,0 &nbsp;&nbsp; 0)&nbsp; 'TEAC' 'CD-ROM CD-532S' '?' Removable CD-ROM</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD> ------------------- end of SCSI device list</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD> ------------------- ATA devices. To be used like ATA:0,0,0
<DD><KBD>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1,0,0 &nbsp;&nbsp; 1)&nbsp; 'LITE-ON' 'LTR-48125S' '?' Removable CD-ROM</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>...</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Your cdrecord offers -driveropts=burnfree with your recorder.</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>...</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>scdbackup for CD 0.8.6 : First stage of installation done.</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>...</KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>Now give it a try. Run : scdbackup_home</KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>unset SCDBACKUP_USE_CDRSKIN</B></KBD></DD>
</DL>
<DL>
<DT>To get back to using cdrecord :</DT>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>cd scdbackup-0.8.6/inst</B></KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>export SCDBACKUP_USE_CDRSKIN=0</B></KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>./CONFIGURE_CD</B></KBD></DD>
<DD><KBD>...</KBD></DD>
<DD>$ <KBD><B>unset SCDBACKUP_USE_CDRSKIN</B></KBD></DD>
</DL>
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<A NAME="cdrecord">
<P>
<CENTER><H3>About the relationship of cdrecord and cdrskin</H3></CENTER>
First of all: this relationship is single sided, as cdrskin has to be aware of
cdrecord but not vice versa.
<BR>
<BR>
I am a long time user of cdrecord and it works fine for me.
Especially i do appreciate its write mode -tao which allows to pipe arbitrary
data on CD and CD-RW via stdin. cdrecord is reliable, versatile and well
maintained. So for me - there would be not problem with it.
<BR>
But the author of cdrecord and the Linux kernel people foster a very hostile
relationship. Ok, that's their business, not mine (or ours if you are with me).
One has to be aware, though, that this relationship might lead to a situation
where cdrecord is no longer available for certain Linux kernels.
<BR>
To have my own project prepared for such a time, i began to implement its
cdrecord gestures on top of libburn.
From now on i invite other interested users of cdrecord to teach cdrskin
the gestures necessary for their cdrecord applications.
Contact me. Let's see what we can achieve.
<BR>
<BR>
libburn and cdrskin are now mature enough to substitute cdrecord in its
major use cases of CD burning. It is possible to foist cdrskin on various
software packages if it gets falsely named "cdrecord".
I do not encourage this approach, but of course such a replacement
opportunity is the goal of a cdrecord compatibility wrapper.
<BR>
<BR>
It is very important to me that this project is not perceived as hostile
towards Joerg Schilling and his ongoing work.
I owe him much. For cdrecord, for mkisofs, for star. Chapeau.
<BR>
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<DT>Links to my other published software projects :
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scdbackup, multi volume CD backup</A>
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<DL><DD><A HREF=http://stic.sourceforge.net>(a second source of above)</A></DL>
<DD><A HREF=http://scdbackup.webframe.org/pppoem>
pppoem, a DSL throughput monitor (mainly for Linux kernel 2.4)</A>
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