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But I am damn confused with the options, --allow-lower, 8.3 format, multiple dots format and lots of other options.
Someone please help me with the appropriate syntax which will help me reproduce the exact files names as on the linux box (be it 8.3 or multiple dot or small case, large case or mixed case).
I cannot fully answer your question, having only used growisofs with simple filenames, not the full range you are asking for, but I can tell you that where your command includes -iso-level 2 it is guaranteed not to give you what you want! Try changing to -iso-level 4 and see if that does all you want.
There's one limit you may not be able to get around and that is maximum path length. That's "path" as in directory names followed by file name. The limit on DVDs is smaller than on Linux. A workaround is to put all the files into an archive and put the archive file on the DVD. Common archivers: tar, cpio, dar.
For certain reasons, I wish to backup directory structures as it is, and not put them into archives.
That may not be possible; what then?
Originally Posted by vaibhavs
I am stuck!!!
Please help someone...
No you are not. You could read a little further in the man page or you could try what I suggested about iso-level.
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I wish to backup directory structures as it is, and not put them into archives
Unfortunately transferring from one file system to another will always involve some loss of information because of incompatibilities (you might be able to live with that). For example, the ISO file systems are going to lose much of the permission information on the files being backed up from the hard disk. That is what motivates people to use archive formats for backup.
One middle road solution is to use something like squashfs. You can create a single archive which is burnt onto the DVD, but this can then be mounted via loopback as if it were a real device (so that from the point of view of the system accessing the backup, it looks like a normal linux filesystem, even though it is actually an archive on a DVD).