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libburnia.pykix.org Optical Media Rotisserie Recipes as of February 2007
Content:
- TAO Multi-Session CD Cookbook (CD-R, CD-RW)
- SAO CD Cookbook (CD-R, CD-RW, pure audio or pure data only)
- Overwriteable DVD Cookbook (DVD-RAM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW)
- Sequential DVD-R[W] Cookbook
- DVD+R Cookbook
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TAO Multi-Session CD Cookbook
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Guided by reading mmc-r10a.pdf , O.8 "Write a Track"
from http://www.t10.org/ftp/t10/drafts/mmc/
backed by reading mmc5r03c.pdf from http://www.t10.org/ftp/t10/drafts/mmc5/
by reading spc3r23.pdf from http://www.t10.org/ftp/t10/drafts/spc3/
by reading libburn/* from http://icculus.org/burn
and by experiments with drives NEC ND-4570A, LG GSA-4082B, LITE-ON LTR48125S
which used in part code from http://icculus.org/burn.
For libburnia.pykix.org by Thomas Schmitt <scdbackup@gmx.net>
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Media type can be recognized by Current Profile from 46h GET CONFIGURATION.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.6.2.1)
CD-R 0009h
CD-RW 000ah
The following topics are covered in this text:
- About blank, appendable and finalized CD media
- Writing a session to CD in TAO mode
- Obtaining CD multi-session info for extending ISO-9660 filesystems
- Obtaining a Table Of Content from CD
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About blank, appendable and finalized CD media :
CD media have to be blank or appendable in order to be writeable in TAO mode.
The according status may be inquired by 51h READ DISC INFORMATION requesting
Data Type 000b Standard Disc Information, where reply value Disc Status
indicates:
00b blank
01b appendable
10b finalized
11b others (unsuitable for this recipe)
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22.3.1.4)
CD-RW which are finalized or appendable may be blanked by command A1h BLANK
with blanking types 000b "Blank the disc" or 001b "Minimally blank the disc".
The Start Address/Track Number will be ignored so it may well be 0.
Because the operation is long running it is advised to set the Immed bit and to
watch the progress by commands 00h TEST UNIT READY and 03h REQUEST SENSE
with DESC bit set to 0 for fixed format reply.
It is done when 00h succeeds and 03h reports 0 in PROGRESS INDICATION
(byte 1+2 in Table 22 = byte 16+17 SENSE KEY SPECIFIC in table 26).
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.2 BLANK)
(spc3r23.pdf 4.5.2.4.4 table 22, 4.5.3 table 26,
6.27 REQUEST SENSE, 6.33 TEST UNIT READY)
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Writing a session to CD in TAO mode :
The writing method for blank or appendable media is the same. A new session
will get created automatically by the first track when it is written. If the
media is blank then the new session will be the first and only one in the
table of content. If the media is appendable then a new session will be
appended to the existing sessions. In any case the new track will be the
first one in the new session.
Speed may be set by BBh SET CD SPEED parameter Drive Write Speed. Note that
kbytes/sec means 1000 bytes/sec and not 1024/sec. Rotational control should
be set to 00b. 1x CD speed is 176.4 kbytes/sec. Speed is usually set to the
next lower possible value by the drive. So it is helpful to add a few
kbytes/sec just in case the drive has rounding problems.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.37)
Before writing can occur, a Write Parameters mode page 05h has to be composed
and transmitted via 55h MODE SELECT. Mode page 05h describes several burn
parameters:
BUFE Buffer Underrun protection 0=off, 1=on
Test Write -dummy mode for writing 0=off, 1=on
Write Type Packet/TAO/SAO/RAW 01h = TAO
Multi-session Wether to keep appendable 00b = finalize
11b = keep appendable
Track Mode Describes frame type 4 for data , 0 for audio
Data Block Type Layout of payload blocks 8 for 2048 byte data blocks
0 for 2352 byte audio blocks
Audio Pause Length 150 = 2 seconds
Any other parameters may be set to 0.
Mode page data as of MMC-5 table 644 are preceded by a Mode Parameter Header
as of SPC-3 table 240. This 8-byte header may be filled with zeros.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 7.5.4 The Mode Page, 4.2.3.4 Table 17 CONTROL = Track Mode)
(spc3r23.pdf 6.8 MODE SELECT, 7.4.3 Mode parameter header formats)
Writing has to begin at the address returned by 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION
with Address/Number Type set to 01b and Logical Block Address/Track/Session
Number set to FFh. The Next Writeable Address as of table 500 is the number
to start writing with.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.27 )
Writing is performed by one or more 2Ah WRITE transactions with the Logical
Block Address counted up from the initial number in sync with the number of
blocks written. I.e the Transfer Length of the previous 2Ah WRITE has to be
added to the Logical Block Address for the next 2Ah WRITE. Only full blocks
can be written.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.44)
When writing is done, it is mandatory to force the drive's buffer to media by
35h SYNCHRONIZE CACHE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.41)
A track must at least contain 300 payload blocks: 4 seconds of audio or
600 KiB of data.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.1.2)
The track has to be closed by 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION Close Function 001b.
Older MMC specifies a valid Logical Track Number FFh to depict the open track.
MMC-5 is quite silent about this. FFh works for my drives.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.1.2)
After that, a new track may be written beginning with sending the mode page 05h
again. It is not tested wether 05h can be omitted if Track Mode and Data Block
Type are the same as with the previous track.
The new track will be added to the session which was opened by the first track.
After the last track of a session, 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION Close Function 010b
with Logical Track Number 0 closes the session. It depends on the Multi-Session
value in mode page 05h wether the disc is finalized or stays appendable.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.1.3)
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Obtaining CD multi-session info for extending ISO-9660 filesystems :
Program mkisofs expects two numbers with its option -C which describe the
situation on an appendable CD which already contains a ISO-9660 filesystem
in the first track of the last session.
The first number is the Logical Block Address of that track containing the
existing ISO-9660 filesystem image. This number is needed for mkisofs option
-M to connect to the existing image. The new image will refer to files in
the previously existing image. mkisofs option -M needs read access to the
CD or a blockwise copy of it on hard disk.
The number is gained by 43h READ TOC/PMA/ATIP.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.26)
Untested is Format 0001b which in table 478 promises quick access via
Start Address Of First Track In Last Session.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.26.2.5 table 478, 6.26.3.3.1)
libburn gets the number from its Table Of Content model which is obtained
by 43h READ TOC/PMA/ATIP, Format 0010b. See below.
The second number is an exact prediction of the Logical Block Address of the
new track which will contain the newly generated ISO-9660 image.
Even without mkisofs option -M this second number is still needed to make the
inner block address pointers of the image match the Logical Block Addresses
on CD. For that one may inquire 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION with
Address/Number Type set to 01b and Logical Block Address/Track/Session
Number set to FFh. The Next Writeable Address as of table 500 is the number
to use.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.27 )
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Obtaining a Table Of Content from CD :
The structure of a CD is comprised of sessions. Each session contains one or
more tracks and is followed by a lead-out. A track has an address and a length.
Table of content information is gained by 43h READ TOC/PMA/ATIP, Format 0010b.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.26.2.5 table 478)
The number of sessions is given by Last Complete Session Number.
The number of TOC Track descriptors is: (TOC Data Length - 2)/11 .
Each TOC Track Descriptor contains a Session Number.
If POINT is >= 1 and <= 99 (63h) then the descriptor is about the track of
which POINT tells the number.
The start address of this track can be read from PMIN, PSEC, PFRAME where
it is encoded in MSF format:
blocks = frames - 150, 75 frames = 1 sec , 60 sec = 1 min.
The length of the track is given by MIN,SEC,FRAME in the same format.
If POINT = A0h then the descriptor tells in PMIN the first track number of its
session.
POINT = A1h tells in PMIN the last track number of its session.
POINT = A2h describes in PMIN, PSEC, PFRAME the lead-out of a session, i.e the
first address after the session's end. (Next writeable address typically is
lead-out + 11400 after the first session, lead-out + 6900 after further
sessions.)
POINT = B0h tells in MIN,SEC,FRAME this next writeable address or FFh,FFh,FFh
for finalized disc.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.26.3.4 table 489, 4.2.3.7 Mode-1 Q, Mode-5 Q)
In libburn the address of the first track in the last session is obtained from
the last session's POINT = A0h and from the track descriptor with the POINT
value matching the PMIN value of the A0h descriptor.
Untested is wether POINT = B0h and 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION are always in
sync. libburn uses the info provided by 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION.
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SAO CD Cookbook
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Guided by reading libburn/* from http://icculus.org/burn
backed by reading mmc5r03c.pdf from http://www.t10.org/ftp/t10/drafts/mmc5/
and by experiments with drives NEC ND-4570A, LG GSA-4082B, LITE-ON LTR48125S
which used in part code from http://icculus.org/burn.
For libburnia.pykix.org by Thomas Schmitt <scdbackup@gmx.net>
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Recognition of media type and state (blank, appendable, finalized) is as
described in the TAO Multi-Session CD Cookbook. See there.
The MMC specs do not give much hint about the combination of SAO and
multi-session. My drives refused not only on a few experiments which i did
in libburn but also failed with cdrecord -sao on an appendable CD.
So for now only blank CD seem to be suitable for SAO writing.
Different from TAO mode, the whole session layout is announced to the drive by
sending a Cue Sheet. This implies that the sizes of the tracks have to be known
in advance, which is a heavy drawback when dealing with track data sources like
stdin, named pipes or sockets.
Nevertheless, SAO seems to be best writing mode for audio purposes, as our
audio expert Lorenzo Taylor found out.
A SAO session in libburn may either consist entirely of audio tracks or
entirely of data tracks. For mixed sessions, only TAO is usable yet.
- Composing a SAO CD Cue Sheet (either audio or data, but not mixed)
- Writing the prepared SAO CD session
- What is known about mixed mode sessions
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Composing a Cue Sheet (either audio or data, but not mixed) :
The Cue Sheet will get submitted to the drive by 5Dh SEND CUE SHEET.
Each entry of the sheet is of 8 bytes size. Its fields are named
CTL|ADR, TNO, INDEX, DATA FORM, SCMS, MIN, SEC, FRAME .
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.33)
CTL is 40h for data and 00h for audio.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.33.3.4)
ADR is always 01h.
TNO is the track number (1 to 99).
INDEX is a subaddress within tracks. This recipe uses only INDEX 01h within
tracks.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 4.2.3.5.2)
DATA FORM is 00h for audio payload , 10h for data. (01h for audio pause is not
used in libburn).
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.33.3.11 CD-DA Data Form, 6.33.3.12 CD-ROM mode 1 Form)
SCMS is always 00h.
MIN, SEC, FRAME give the MSF address where the described data entity starts.
LBA = frames - 150, 75 frames = 1 sec , 60 sec = 1 min.
This address must increase from entry to entry (or at least stay equal).
The first entry describes the Lead-in. Its content is
(CTL|ADR ,00h,00h,01h,00h,00h,00h,00h)
With the CTL|ADR for the first track: 41h for data, 01h for audio.
The LBA for the first write is negative: -150. This corresponds to MSF address
00h:00h:00h. All addresses are to be given in MSF format.
The first information track on disc is preceded by a pause encoding of 2 sec:
(CTL|ADR,01h,00h, DATA FORM ,00h,00h,00h,00h)
with DATA FORM = 00h for audio and 10h for data. By those 2 seconds the MSF
address increases to 00h:02h:00h = LBA 0.
Each track is represented by an entry
(CTL|ADR, TNO ,01h,DATA FORM,00h, MIN , SEC , FRAME)
TNO gives the track number. MIN, SEC, FRAME give the MSF address which becomes
the start address of the track. The MSF address is then increased by the size
of the track (to be used with next track or with lead-out).
A track must at least contain 300 payload blocks: 4 seconds of audio or
600 KiB of data.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.33.3.6)
At the end of the session there is a lead-out entry
(CTL|ADR,AAh,01h,01h,00h,MIN,SEC,FRAME)
marking the end of the last track. (With libburn CTL is as of the last track.)
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Writing the prepared session :
Speed may be set by BBh SET CD SPEED parameter Drive Write Speed. Note that
kbytes/sec means 1000 bytes/sec and not 1024/sec. Rotational control should
be set to 00b. 1x CD speed is 176.4 kbytes/sec. Speed is usually set to the
next lower possible value by the drive. So it is helpful to add a few
kbytes/sec just in case the drive has rounding problems.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.37)
A Write Parameters mode page 05h has to be composed and transmitted via
55h MODE SELECT. This page describes the following parameters:
BUFE Buffer Underrun protection 0=off, 1=on
Test Write -dummy mode for writing 0=off, 1=on
Write Type Packet/TAO/SAO/RAW 02h = SAO
Multi-session Wether to keep appendable 00b = finalize
11b = keep appendable
Track Mode Describes frame type 0 (is ignored)
Data Block Type Layout of payload blocks 0 (is ignored)
Audio Pause Length 150 = 2 seconds (ignored ?)
Any other parameters may be set to 0.
Mode page data as of MMC-5 table 644 are preceded by a Mode Parameter Header
as of SPC-3 table 240. This 8-byte header may be filled with zeros.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 7.5.4 The Mode Page, 4.2.3.4 Table 17 CONTROL = Track Mode)
(spc3r23.pdf 6.8 MODE SELECT, 7.4.3 Mode parameter header formats)
The Cue Sheet is submitted to the drive by 5Dh SEND CUE SHEET. Cue Sheet Size
is 8 times the number of entries.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.33)
Writing is performed by multiple 2Ah WRITE transactions with the Logical
Block Address counted up from the initial number in sync with the number of
blocks written. I.e the Transfer Length of the previous 2Ah WRITE has to be
added to the Logical Block Address for the next 2Ah WRITE. Only full blocks
can be written.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.44)
Writing begins at LBA -150 which is to be transmitted as 4-byte, Big-endian,
two's-complement. E.g: -150 = FFh FFh FFh 6Ah. This is the natural form found
with about any 32-bit processor, so only the endianness has to be taken into
respect when converting a 32-bit integer into a LBA for command 2Ah WRITE.
At first the mandatory pause preceding the first track has to be written as
150 blocks of the matching sector size: 2048 for data, 2352 for audio.
By this, the LBA increases from -150 to 0.
Next the tracks' payload is sent. For each track exactly the number of blocks
has to be transmitted as is announced in the Cue Sheet by the difference
of the track's own start address and the start address of the next entry in
the Cue Sheet. After each write the LBA for the next write has to be increased
by the number of blocks transmitted. Just like with TAO writing.
There is no separator between the tracks of a pure mode SAO session.
(If the session was mixed mode, there would be extended Pre-gaps and Post-gaps
between data mode tracks and audio mode tracks.)
(libburn sends its own buffer to the drive at the end of each track but does
not sync the drive's chache. It is unclear wether this separation of tracks
on the level of 2Ah WRITE is necessary with a pure mode session. It does not
harm in any case and would probably be unavoidable if audio and data tracks
were mixed.)
When writing of all tracks is done, it is mandatory to force the drive's buffer
to media by 35h SYNCHRONIZE CACHE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.41)
No further finalization is necessary. (I.e. no 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION.)
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What is known about mixed mode sessions :
For now, SAO sessions with a mix of data and audio are not supported in
libburn. Here are the reasons why.
Obviously the code of http://icculus.org/burn is incomplete in this aspect.
In mmc5r03c.pdf comparison of table 555 and 6.33.3.18 seems self-contradicting.
(The second Pre-gap in table 555 does not match any of the criteria of
6.33.3.18. Also, there is no Post-gap shown in table 555 although 6.33.3.19
would prescribe some.)
If a data track follows an audio track then the data track gets a preceding
extended Pre-gap:
(CTL|ADR, TNO ,01h,DATA FORM,00h, MIN , SEC , FRAME)
with TNO already the number of the data track. The MSF address is to be
increased by 3 seconds. The first second of the extended Pre-gap needs to be
written in the audio track's mode and the other 2 seconds are to be written
in the data track's mode.
(libburn compares DATA FORM rather than burn_track.mode . Wrong ?)
(libburn currently does only 2 seconds and the second part of Pre-gap. There is
an issue with burn_track.pregap1 about this. Seems libburn mistakes the pause
preceding track 1 for a part 2 of an extended Pre-gap.)
If a data track is followed by an audio track then it gets a Post-gap of at
least two seconds.
No example of Post-gap is given for Cue Sheet. Maybe it is to be added to the
track, or maybe it gets an own Cue Sheet entry ... who knows ?
(libburn contains write code for pregap1, pregap2 and postgap. But only
pregap2 ever gets activated. Once hackingly for the first 2 second pause, once
incompletely for a change of DATA FORM.)
Seems nobody ever tested this. Libburnia simply knows no use case where the
correctness of Pre-gap and Post-gap would become evident.
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Overwriteable DVD Cookbook
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Inspired by Andy Polyakov's http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/linux/DVD+RW/tools ,
backed by reading mmc5r03c.pdf from http://www.t10.org/ftp/t10/drafts/mmc5/
and by experiments with drives NEC ND-4570A and LG GSA-4082B.
For libburnia.pykix.org by Thomas Schmitt <scdbackup@gmx.net>
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Media type can be recognized by Current Profile from 46h GET CONFIGURATION.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.6.2.1)
DVD-RAM 0012h
DVD-RW Restricted Overwrite 0013h
DVD-RW Sequential Recording 0014h (i.e. unformatted)
DVD+RW 001Ah
A short compilation of the write model:
- Overwriting in general
The recipes described here are depending on formatting state:
- DVD-RAM, fully formatted DVD+RW or DVD-RW
- Unformatted DVD+RW
- Partly formatted DVD+RW
- Unformatted DVD-RW
- Partly formatted DVD-RW
- Intermediate state DVD-RW
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Overwriting in general :
Depending on media type, some kind of formatting has to have happened before
data can be written. Formatting may happen separately from writing or
simultaneously. See the particular recipes below.
No Write Parameters mode page 05h is to be sent. Speed can be influenced by
B6h SET STREAMING , speed capabilities can be inquired by ACh GET PERFORMANCE.
It is advised to set only speeds and sizes which are returned by ACh.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.39 SET STREAMING, 6.8 GET PERFORMANCE)
Optimal performance is promised without any speed setting. But my experiments
showed that SET STREAMING values persist after media change.
In the formatted area of the media, coarse random access is possible.
For DVD-RAM and DVD+RW write addresses and data size need to be aligned
to 2 KiB. For DVD-RW alignment has to be 32 KiB. Within these limitations
the write address is at the discretion of the sending program.
Just use 2Ah WRITE to send data.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.44)
When writing is done, it is mandatory to force the drive's buffer to media by
35h SYNCHRONIZE CACHE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.41)
The size of the formatted area can be inquired by 23h READ FORMAT CAPACITIES.
The Number Of Blocks value in the Current/Maximum Capacity Descriptor gives
this size in 2 KiB blocks. But this is true only if Descriptor Type is 10b
("Formatted Media").
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.24.3.2.1, 6.24.3.2.3)
Not yet formatted areas may be completely forbidden or they may be allowed for
sequential writing (DVD-RW Intermediate state) or they may be allowed for
random access only after the necessary waiting time for formatting to reach
the desired address (DVD+RW with background formatting active).
Already written areas can be overwritten without special precaution.
Blanking a DVD-RW actually destroys its formatting.
Most of the concepts usually expressed in Write Parameters mode page 05h do not
apply to the recipes here: Test-Write, Buffer Underrun protection,
Multi-session, Write Type, Block Type, Track Mode, ...
There are hints for multi-session formats with DVD-RW but both of my drives
do not offer "Add Session" Format Types 12h or 14h.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.5.4.2.7 , 6.5.4.2.9)
Caution: Drive and media compatibility seems still to be quite an adventure.
If you experience problems, especially problems with readability, then try
different drives and media brands. Failure does not necessarily mean that the
software did anything wrong.
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DVD-RAM, fully formatted DVD+RW or DVD-RW :
Full format is the natural state of DVD-RAM.
DVD+RW reaches this state if Background Formatting is allowed to finish without
being stopped by 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5 FORMAT UNIT, 6.5.4.2.14 Format Type = 26h)
The formatting state of a DVD+RW may be inquired by 51h READ DISC INFORMATION
requesting Data Type 000b "Standard Disc Information". In the reply,
BG Format 3 indicates fully formatted media.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22.3.1.13)
DVD-RW reaches this state either by Format Type 00h (or 10h) with maximum
size given as Number Of Blocks, or by writing sequentially until the disc is
completely full into an intermediate session opened by format 15h resp. 13h.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5 FORMAT UNIT, 6.5.4.2.1, 6.5.4.2.10, 6.5.4.2.8)
A fully formatted DVD-RW can be recognized by 23h READ FORMAT CAPACITIES. The
Descriptor Type of the Current/Maximum Capacity Descriptor is 10b ("Formatted
Media") and 0 blocks are offered with Format Types 13h or 11h.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.24.3.2.1, 6.24.3.3)
See also discussion of unformatted or partially formatted DVD-RW below.
In fully formatted state there is no need for any formatting before writing nor
for any finalizing other than forcing the drive's buffer to media by
35h SYNCHRONIZE CACHE (which is mandatory for writing, anyway).
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.41)
(It seems to do no harm to send to DVD+RW or DVD-RW a 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION
with Close Function 010b despite there is no session open in this scenario.)
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Unformatted DVD+RW
This is the state of previously unused DVD+RW media.
The formatting state of a DVD+RW may be inquired by 51h READ DISC INFORMATION
requiring Data Type 000b "Standard Disc Information".
In the reply, BG Format 0 indicates unformatted media (or unsuitable media).
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22.3.1.13)
Formatting has to be started by command 04h FORMAT UNIT, Format Type 26h.
Different from other format types, 26h allows to send a fantasy size of
0xffffffff blocks and does not require the caller to know the exact maximum
size offered with that format.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5 FORMAT UNIT, 6.5.4.2.14 Format Type = 26h)
As its name suggests, one has not to wait for background formatting to end
but may very soon start writing as on formatted media. Random access to
yet unformatted areas can last long, though.
If backup formatting has been started at the beginning of the session, then
it may get stopped after the final cache sync by 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION
with Close Function 010b.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.6)
Formatting of DVD+RW is called "de-icing" because unformatted areas offer
no hold for random access addressing and are thus slippery like ice. One can
also see a color change from shiny unformatted to more dull formatted media.
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Partly formatted DVD+RW :
This state is achieved by stopping background formatting before the media
was completely formmatted.
The formatting state of a DVD+RW is obtained by 51h READ DISC INFORMATION
requiring Data Type 000b "Standard Disc Information".
In the reply, BG Format 1 indicates partly formatted media.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22.3.1.13)
If the data of the session surely fit into the formatted area, then it would
be unnecessary to restart background formatting.
But in order to make the DVD+RW surely accept its maximum number of bytes,
formatting may be restarted by command 04h FORMAT UNIT, Format Type 26h,
with the Restart bit set and Number of Blocks set to 0xffffffff.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5 FORMAT UNIT, 6.5.4.2.14 Format Type = 26h)
From then on, the same rules apply as for previously unformatted DVD+RW.
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Unformatted DVD-RW (media profile is 0014h) :
This state is present with previously unused media. It is also present with
media blanked by programs cdrecord, wodim or dvd+rw-format and with media which
were sequentially written from blank state.
Profile transition from formatted 0013h to unformatted 0014h is done by
A1h BLANK.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.2)
Experiments on my drives indicate that only Blanking Type 000b "Blank the disc"
achieves neat media. Media blanked via type 001b offer no feature 0021h and
stall cdrecord or libburn already when those media get examined. growisofs can
burn them - but only via DAO (feature 002Fh which prescribes Write Type 2).
(mmc5r03c.pdf 5.3.11, 5.3.25)
For becoming overwriteable such media need to be treated by command 04h FORMAT
UNIT.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5)
The Format Type has to be chosen from the list replied by 23h READ FORMAT
CAPACITIES. Suitable are Format Types 00h, 10h, 15h.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.24)
Format Types 00h and 10h provide a writeable area of a size given by Number of
Blocks. Type 00h seems to be the most traditional and complete one. It needs
no closing of a session at the end of writing.
The Number Of Blocks may be at most the value reported by 23h READ FORMAT
CAPACITIES in the entry for the desired format type. Full format is achieved
by sending exactly the reported value.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5.4.2.1 Format Type = 00h, 6.5.4.2.5 Format Type = 10h)
Format Type 15h provides a writeable area of given size too, but this area can
be expanded by sequential writing and afterwards marked as overwriteable by
closing the session. It is even allowed to format with size 0 and to leave
the size claim entirely to a sequential write process beginning at LBA 0.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5.4.2.10 Format Type = 15h)
When writing is done and cache is synced, one should send 5Bh CLOSE TRACK
SESSION with Close Function 010b in order to bring the session out of
Intermediate state.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.2.3)
If not written up to the last 32 KiB block, the DVD-RW is only partly formatted
after that.
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Partly formatted DVD-RW (media profile is 0013h) :
This state is achieved by formatting a DVD-RW with a number of blocks which
is less than offered for the Format Type by the drive's reply to 23h READ
FORMAT CAPACITIES. If the media was most recently formatted by Format Types
015h or 013h then it must have got written some bytes and afterwards treated
by 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION, 010b in order to be partly formatted.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.2.3 CLOSE TRACK SESSION 010b, 6.24 READ FORMAT CAPACITIES)
Elsewise the media is in Intermediate state. See below.
A partly formatted DVD-RW can be recognized by 23h READ FORMAT CAPACITIES. The
Descriptor Type of the Current/Maximum Capacity Descriptor is 10b ("Formatted
Media") and the Number Of Blocks with formats 00h, 10h or 15h is larger than the
currently formatted size, resp. more than 0 blocks are offered with Format
Types 13h or 11h.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.24.3.2.1, 6.24.3.3)
If the data of the session surely fit into the formatted area, then it would
be unnecessary to do any further formatting.
But in order to make the DVD-RW surely accept its maximum number of bytes,
partial formatting may be expanded by command 04h FORMAT UNIT, Format Type 13h,
which is supposed to be offered by the drive in this state. This brings the
session again into Intermediate state and thus allows expansion by sequential
writing. As with Format Type 15h it is ok to set Number Of Blocks to 0, so that
no fixed size formatting work is done and writing can begin soon after.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5.4.2.8 Format Type = 13h)
When writing is done and cache is synced, one should send 5Bh CLOSE TRACK
SESSION with Close Function 010b in order to bring the session out of
Intermediate state.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.2.3)
If not written up to the last 32 KiB block, the DVD-RW is only partly formatted
after that.
Format Type 13h has been tested only with expanding sessions formatted by 15h.
Nevertheless it is offered with sessions from 00h and 10h, too.
According to the specs, Format Type 11h would expand a session by a fixed
size. This has not been tested yet because it is less appealing than 13h.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.5.4.2.6 Format Type = 11h)
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Intermediate state DVD-RW (media profile is 0013h) :
This state is achieved by formatting a DVD-RW with Format Type 15h or 13h
without subsequentially writing data and sending 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION
with Close Function 010b.
Such media behave very unpleasing with my DVD-ROM drive under Linux 2.4 ide-cd.
One should therefore better avoid to release media in this state.
This state can be recognized by 23h READ FORMAT CAPACITIES. The Descriptor Type
of the Current/Maximum Capacity Descriptor is 11b ("Unknown Capacity") and
no formats 13h or 11h are offered.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.24.3.2.1, 6.24.3.3)
One may treat such media as if Format Type 15h or 13h had been freshly applied.
I.e. sequential writing from LBA 0. After cache sync bring the session out
of Intermediate state by 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION with Close Function 010b.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.2.3)
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Sequential DVD-R[W] Cookbook
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Inspired by Andy Polyakov's http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/linux/DVD+RW/tools ,
backed by reading mmc5r03c.pdf from http://www.t10.org/ftp/t10/drafts/mmc5/
and by experiments with drives NEC ND-4570A and LG GSA-4082B.
For libburnia.pykix.org by Thomas Schmitt <scdbackup@gmx.net>
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Media type can be recognized by Current Profile from 46h GET CONFIGURATION.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.6.2.1)
DVD-R 0011h
DVD-RW Restricted Overwrite 0013h
DVD-RW Sequential Recording 0014h
(DVD-R/DL Sequential Recording 0015h untested, might be single-session only)
There are two approaches for writing to sequential DVD-R[W]: DAO and
Incremental. Not all media and drives offer Incremental which allows
multi-session as with CD media and does not demand a predicted track size.
DAO seems to be the older method. It allows only one single session and
track and it demands an exactly predicted track size.
- About overwriteable, blank, appendable and finalized DVD-R[W] media
- Incremental writing
- DAO writing
- Obtaining DVD-R[W] multi-session info for extending ISO-9660 filesystems
- Obtaining a Table Of Content from DVD-R[W]
- Hearsay about DVD-R/DL (Dual Layer)
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About overwriteable, blank, appendable and finalized DVD-R[W] media :
DVD-RW can be either in formatted state Restricted Overwrite or in unformatted
state Sequential Recording. Sequential media can be either blank, appendable
or finalized.
Only blank and appendable media are sequentially writeable. For overwriteable
DVD-RW see the Overwriteable DVD Cookbook.
Overwriteable DVD-RW can be detected by their profile number 0013h in contrast
to profile number 0014h for sequential DVD-RW.
The status of sequential media can be inquired like with CD by 51h READ DISC
INFORMATION requesting Data Type 000b Standard Disc Information, where reply
value Disc Status indicates:
00b blank
01b appendable
10b finalized
11b others (unsuitable for this recipe)
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22.3.1.4)
Finalized, appendable or overwriteable DVD-RW can be brought into blank
sequential state by command A1h BLANK with blanking type 000b "Blank the disc".
See TAO Multi-Session CD Cookbook for details about blanking.
After minimal blanking (type 001b) DVD-RW my two drives do not offer the
Incremental Streaming feature 0021h the media any more. Full blanking (000b)
brings back this feature.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.2)
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Incremental writing :
Incremental writing allows to produce multi-session DVDs. It is indicated
by feature 0021h being marked current in the reply of 46h GET CONFIGURATION.
growisofs inquires 0021h by setting Starting Feature Number to 0x21 and
Allocation Length to 16 in order to get only this one. The feature descriptor
begins at byte 8 of the reply. Its availability is indicated by the Current
Bit. libburn obtains the full feature list for this and other info.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 5.2.2. Feature Descriptor format, 5.3.11 Feature 0021h,
6.2 46h GET CONFIGURATION, )
In mode page 05h this method is selected by Write Type 00h.
Speed can be influenced by B6h SET STREAMING , speed capabilities can be
inquired by ACh GET PERFORMANCE. It is advised to set only speeds and sizes
which are returned by ACh.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.39 SET STREAMING, 6.8 GET PERFORMANCE)
growisofs fetches a mode page 05h template by MODE SENSE and inserts its own
parameters. It sets Multi-session to 11b, unless dvd_compat is nonzero.
libburn composes its mode page 05h from zero and allows control of
Multi-Session by the application.
BUFE Buffer Underrun protection 0=off, 1=on
LS_V Link size valid 1=true
Test Write -dummy mode for writing 0=off, 1=on
Write Type Packet/TAO/SAO/RAW 00h = Incremental (Packet)
Multi-session Wether to keep appendable 00b = finalize
11b = keep appendable
Track Mode Describes frame type 5 [*1]
Data Block Type Layout of payload blocks 8 [*2]
Link Size ??? 16 [*3]
FP Fixed Packet Size Bit 1
Packet Size 16 [*4]
(mmc5r03c.pdf 7.5.4 The Mode Page, 4.2.3.4 Table 17 CONTROL = Track Mode)
(spc3r23.pdf 6.8 MODE SELECT, 7.4.3 Mode parameter header formats)
[*1:]
growisofs takes the Track Mode from 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION, Address/Number
Type 1, Track 1, Track Information Block byte 5 & 0xf.
(mmc5r03.pdf 6.27)
The specs predict that this will be Track Mode 4 (6.27.3.8) and also state that
default is 5 (7.5.4.12). 4 means: uninterrupted, do not copy. 5 means
increment, do not copy.
[*2:]
8 means: 2048 byte data blocks. growisofs sets this value if Data Mode from
above 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION is 1 or Fh, which is predicted by the specs
to be always true.
(mmc5r03.pdf 6.27.3.10)
[*3:]
growisofs (transport.hxx) sets Link Size to 16 for profiles 0011h and 0014h.
libburn now records the first link size from feature 0021h in its burn_drive
structure. If another link size item is 16, then 16 is used.
[*4:]
growisofs takes Packet Size from 52h. Specs predict it will be 16 (= 32 kiB).
(mmc5r03.pdf 7.5.4.16)
The writing process is much like in "Writing a session to CD in TAO mode" :
Next Writeable Address is fetched from the reply of 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION.
libburn writes full 32 kiB buffers via 2Ah WRITE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.27 READ TRACK INFORMATION, 6.44 WRITE)
When writing is done, it is mandatory to force the drive's buffer to media by
35h SYNCHRONIZE CACHE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.41)
The track has to be closed by 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION Close Function 001b.
growisofs uses the logical track number for that and not FFh like libburn
does with TAO CD. So libburn obtains the Last Track Number in Last Session
from the reply of 51h READ DISC INFORMATION requesting Data Type 000b
"Standard Disc Information".
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.2.2 CLOSE TRACK, 6.22.3.1.)
Multiple tracks are permissible in a single session. After all of them have
been written, 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION Close Function 010b with Logical Track
Number 0 closes the session. It depends on the Multi-Session value in mode
page 05h wether the disc is finalized or stays appendable.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.2.3)
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DAO writing :
DAO is the mode described by feature 002Fh. This feature also gives information
about capabilities for Burnfree (BUF), Test Write and DVD-RW.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 5.3.25)
Experiments with growisofs showed that the track size needs to be predicted
and may not be exceeded during the write process. (growisofs ran into SCSI
errors with piped non-ISO-9660 images and with piped ISO-9660 which have
trailing data.)
Speed can be influenced by B6h SET STREAMING , speed capabilities can be
inquired by ACh GET PERFORMANCE. It is advised to set only speeds and sizes
which are returned by ACh.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.39 SET STREAMING, 6.8 GET PERFORMANCE)
The mode page 05h to be sent :
BUFE Buffer Underrun protection 0=off, 1=on
LS_V Link size valid 0=false [*3]
Test Write -dummy mode for writing 0=off, 1=on
Write Type Packet/TAO/SAO/RAW 02h = DAO (same code as SAO)
Multi-session Wether to keep appendable 00b = finalize
Track Mode Describes frame type 5 [*1]
Data Block Type Layout of payload blocks 8 [*2]
Link Size ??? 0 [*3]
FP Fixed Packet Size Bit 0 [*3]
Packet Size 0 [*3]
(mmc5r03c.pdf 7.5.4 The Mode Page, 4.2.3.4 Table 17 CONTROL = Track Mode)
(spc3r23.pdf 6.8 MODE SELECT, 7.4.3 Mode parameter header formats)
[*1:]
growisofs takes the Track Mode from 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION, Address/Number
Type 1, Track 1, Track Information Block byte 5 & 0xf.
(mmc5r03.pdf 6.27)
[*2:]
8 means: 2048 byte data blocks. growisofs sets this value if Data Mode from
above 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION is 1 or Fh, which is predicted by the specs
to be always true. (If not: growisofs aborts.)
(mmc5r03.pdf 6.27.3.10)
[*3:]
Link Size, Packet Size and their companions only apply to Write Type 00h.
The session layout must be described by 53h RESERVE TRACK, RMZ=ARSV=0.
Reservation size should better already be aligned to 32 KiB. It has not been
tested yet, what happens if not enough data get written.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.31)
Next Writeable Address is fetched from the reply of 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION.
The reply is supposed to be 0. libburn writes full 32 kiB buffers via
2Ah WRITE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.27 READ TRACK INFORMATION, 6.44 WRITE)
If the track source delivers less than the announced size then libburn pads up
by zeros.
When writing is done, it is mandatory to force the drive's buffer to media by
35h SYNCHRONIZE CACHE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf, 6.41)
No further finalization is necessary. (I.e. no 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION.)
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Obtaining DVD-R[W] multi-session info for extending ISO-9660 filesystems :
(valid for DVD+R too)
Like with CD it is necessary to obtain the two numbers for mkisofs option -C
in order to prepare a ISO-9660 filesystem image which by its inner pointers
matches the block addresses of the future location on media.
These are the start address of the first track in the last complete session
and the predicted start address of the track which will host the new image.
See TAO Multi-Session CD Cookbook for some more info about mkisofs aspects.
The first number may be gained by 43h READ TOC/PMA/ATIP Format 0001b which in
table 478 promises quick access via Start Address Of First Track In Last
Session.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.26.2.5 table 478, 6.26.3.3.1)
Regrettably the MMC-5 specs still define a useless reply for non-CD media
which obviously stems from MMC-3 times when no multi-session was possible
with non-CD.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.26.3.3.3)
Both my drives do give a useful reply with the correct number for appendable
DVD-RW. But not being backed by the specs this method appears unappealing .
Another approach would be a formatted Table of Content, obtained by 43h READ
TOC/PMA/ATIP Format 0000b. The specs do not totally outrule that this returns
useful data with non-CD but they define a crippled TOC for multi-session.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.26.3.2.4)
My LG drive returns a more detailed TOC, my NEC drive stays with the rather
suboptimal specs. So one would get different TOCs on different drives.
Nevertheless, the MMC-5 compliant TOC would return the desired number in
the Track Start address of the track with the highest number before AAh.
Most stable seems the approach to obtain the desired number from the reply
of 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION, Address/Number Type 01b. The field Logical Block
Address/Track/Session has to bear the track number of the first track in the
last complete session. To determine this number one has to determine the
number of the last session and the number of the last track from 51h READ DISC
INFORMATION and to iterate over the tracknumber by 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION
until the first track with the desired session number appears and reveils
its start address.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22 51h DISC, 6.27 52h TRACK)
This method is very near to fabricating an own TOC. So libburn does this
when inspecting the media. If the first number for -C is needed, libburn
inquires its TOC model for the address of the first track in the last
complete session. See below for a detailed description of TOC fabrication.
The second -C number is the exact prediction of future track start address. It
is gained like with CD by 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION Type 01b. Different from
CD one may not use track number FFh but has to use the Last Track in Last
Session from 51h READ DISC INFORMATION.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22 51h DISC, 6.27 52h TRACK)
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Obtaining a Table Of Content from DVD-R[W]:
(valid for DVD+R too)
The raw TOC entries from 43h READ TOC/PMA/ATIP Format 0010b as described with
CD media are not available with non-CD.
There is a Format 0000b "Formatted TOC" but this is with non-CD a fictional
information much at the discretion of the drive. Two drives with the same disc
may well return different Formatted TOC. They are supposed to be consistent
only about the last complete session and even there the MMC-5 specification
6.26.3.2.5 seems to prescribe a structure which does not match the true
structure of incremental writing to sequential DVD-R[W].
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.26.3.2)
So i prefer not to use this method of getting a TOC.
The alternative is to produce an own TOC from information gained by 51h READ
DISC INFORMATION and by 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION which reveil a CD-like
structure of sessions and 1:n related tracks.
51h READ DISC INFORMATION Data Type 000b, fields Number of Sessions (Least
Significant Byte) and Number of Sessions (Most Significant Byte) give the
number of sessions. The last complete session number of an appendable disc
is one less because there is an incomplete session at its end. libburn only
records complete sessions in its TOC model.
libburn uses Last Track in Last Session as a hint for the range of track
numbers.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22)
Next step is to iterate from 1 up to the last track number and to obtain
the according track info by 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION. Each track tells its
Session Number (LSB at byte 2, MSB at 33), its Logical Track Start Address,
its Logical Track Size, and much more which is not needed for a fake CD TOC.
One may analyze the track info more finely but for this special purpose
it is enough to discard the tracks which do not belong to complete sessions.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.27)
At the end of each session libburn inserts fake leadout entries into its TOC
model. Their start address is computed from the start and size of the last
track of the session.
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Hearsay about DVD-R/DL (Dual Layer) :
DVD-R/DL can assume profile 0015h DVD-R Dual Layer Sequential which is supposed
to behave like DVD-R or 0016h DVD-R Dual Layer Jump which has no counterpart
with DVD-R.
A half-sentence in mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.3.3 might indicate that closing a session
by 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION Close Function 010b overrides the multi-session bits
in mode page 05h.
growisofs applies this function in case of not DAO, though. A comment in
growisofs_mmc.cpp states: "// DVD-R DL Seq has no notion of multi-session".
I am not reading this from the specs - but not explicitely the contrary either.
For now libburn will close the session but there is a macro prepared in
libburn/write.c Libburn_dvd_r_dl_multi_no_close_sessioN which will suppress
close session if multi-session is demanded.
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INCOMPLETE YET
DVD+R Cookbook
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Inspired by reading mmc5r03c.pdf from http://www.t10.org/ftp/t10/drafts/mmc5/
backed by Andy Polyakov's http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/linux/DVD+RW/tools ,
For libburnia.pykix.org by Thomas Schmitt <scdbackup@gmx.net>
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Media type can be recognized by Current Profile from 46h GET CONFIGURATION.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.6.2.1)
DVD+R 001bh
DVD+R/DL 002bh
- About empty, appendable and finalized DVD+R
- Writing a Pseudo Session to DVD+R
- >>> Hearsay about DVD+R/DL (Dual Layer) :
The following two chapters of the Sequential DVD-R[W] Cookbook are valid for
DVD+R media too:
- Obtaining DVD-R[W] multi-session info for extending ISO-9660 filesystems
- Obtaining a Table Of Content from DVD-R[W]
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About blank, appendable and finalized DVD+R :
In the beginning a DVD+R holds an empty session and the Incomplete Fragment.
From these one may spawn reserved fragments or one may write directly to
the incomplete fragment. As soon as this is done the empty session becomes the
open session which finally needs to get closed. By closing fragments and
session a new empty session with empty Incomplete Fragment gets spawned.
So the disc stays appendable.
A DVD+R may hold 153 closed sessions with a single track each.
The open session may hold up to 15 open fragments. But on closure of the
session those fragments together form a single logical track. So one will
usually only use a single fragment for sequential writing.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 4.3.6.2)
The disc may get finalized by another close command so that no more data can
be written.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.4.4)
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Writing a Pseudo Session to DVD+R :
Session writing has to be pseudo because only one logical track per session
can be distinguished. So actually there have to be written multiple sessions
to mark multiple tracks. The pseudo session cannot get marked on disc and thus
the tracks of a pseudo session cannot be grouped accordingly in a TOC.
Speed can be influenced by B6h SET STREAMING , speed capabilities can be
inquired by ACh GET PERFORMANCE. It is advised to set only speeds and sizes
which are returned by ACh.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.39 SET STREAMING, 6.8 GET PERFORMANCE)
No mode page 05h is to be sent.
growisofs sends a page but the specs clearly state that one shall not do.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 7.5.3)
It is optional wether a track size is reserved in advance or not. Eventually
this is done by 53h RESERVE TRACK, RMZ=ARSV=0. Reservation size should better
already be aligned to 32 KiB.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.31)
The specs promise to pad up the track if not enough data get written.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.4.2)
Next Writeable Address is fetched from the reply of 52h READ TRACK INFORMATION
with track number FFh.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.27)
Since the fixely set write type is 16-block packet, full 32 kiB buffers have
to be transmitted via 2Ah WRITE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 4.3.6.2.2)
When writing is done, it is mandatory to force the drive's buffer to media by
35h SYNCHRONIZE CACHE.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.41)
The written fragment (i.e. track-to-be) has to be closed by 5Bh CLOSE TRACK
SESSION Close Function 001b.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.4.2)
libburn obtains the necessary logical track number from Last Track Number in
Last Session from the reply of 51h READ DISC INFORMATION requesting
Data Type 000b.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.22)
After each track 5Bh CLOSE TRACK SESSION Close Function 010b with Logical Track
Number 0 closes the DVD+R session but keeps the media appendable.
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.4.3)
If the media shall not stay appendable then the last DVD+R session is to be
closed by Close Function 101b rather than 010b. This finalizes the media
"with minimal radius".
(mmc5r03c.pdf 6.3.3.4.4)
Note: growisofs has code for that gesture but explicitly avoids to use it, if
the media was appendable before writing began. Instead it recommends to fill
up the media with zeros. This gesture nevertheless caused error replies from
the drives in my own experiments.
The reason given by Andy Polyakov is that some DVD-ROM drives get mislead by
the lead-out information of (formerly) appendable media unless the media is
fully written.
(http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/linux/DVD+RW/ , "Compatibility: caveat lector")
Own experiments showed no such problems with PC attached PATA DVD-ROM drives.
For best DVD-ROM compatibility one should avoid appendable media at all
by closing them already after the first session.
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Hearsay about DVD+R/DL (Dual Layer) :
>>>
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