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Old 10-22-2004, 07:35 AM   #1
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Question CD Burning Software: Updating files

I'm looking for a Linux CD Burning program that will allow me to do the same thing as I did in Windows.

Here is what I did in windows:

When backing up a folder of my data (say, My Documents with all of it's subfolders, etc) I would stick in a CD-R call up my burning program and copy the data. The really nifty thing (and this is what I'm looking for in a Linux burning program) is that in the course of a day when I modified a few files throughout my My Documents (and I have a lot of data in My Documents) I could simply go back to my burning program drag my entire My Documents folder over to the same CD-R and it would only write the changed and added files. Obviously since this wasn't a CD-RW every updated file was an incrimental loss of space but since I only change a few files every day it meant I could use the CD-R as my active backup for a long time. Best, the ability of this program to compare what was already on the CD and what I was copying saved me a lot of hunting around for the few modified files myself.

I haven't found a similiar feature in a Linux CD burning program, but I'm hoping there is one out there that one of you people can point me toward. As it is if I burn my documents to a CD-R from Linux and it takes up 300 MB and then I modify a few files and back up the next day it would be another 300 MB, not just the few MB of files changed.

One might ask why I'm not using CD-RW. The reason is that my burning drive doesn't seem to like working with CD-RW, so it is less hassle if I could get a CD-R to work as I desire.

There is a name for this feature in the windows burning program . . . but it escapes my mind at the moment. I think it was something like using a saved session . . . but I'm not sure if I've the name right.

Anyhow, any help would be much appreciated.

Old 10-22-2004, 06:45 PM   #2
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Have you tried k3b? It's the most advanced burning proggie for Linux, and afaik it supports incremental backups.


Old 10-23-2004, 06:36 PM   #3
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How do I do an incremental?

Thanks for the reply.

No, I hadn't tried K3b. Previously I had used Gnome Toaster. At your suggestion I've tried K3b. It looks pretty good.

However, I still don't know how to use K3b to make an incremental backup. I took all of my documents and made a "Session" out of them. I burned this session to a CD-R. Then I went in and added another file to my folder. Then I went back to K3b, loaded up the session that I had saved, and told it to burn to the CD-R again, assuming that it would just add the new file. But K3b wanted a new CD.

What am I doing wrong?

Any pointers would be much appreciated.



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