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Old 08-19-2003, 08:17 PM   #1
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multitasking while running k3b or f-prot

quick question here. i just burned a cd with k3b, and its the first one i've done since i started running linux over a month ago. my question is this. in windows (or at least with easy cd creator and hp's crappy excuse for a cd burning program, which are the two i've used), there's always a little dialogue box that pops up saying that you should close other programs. this didn't happen today with k3b, so i was wondering if that's still necesarry, or if linux makes that unneccesary.

my second question is pretty much exactly the same. in windows, when i'm running virus scans, i always make sure to close all other programs. i don't even know if this is technically necessary in windows, it's just a habit i have whenever i'm doing anything like that (e.g. installing programs). so same question as above--when i'm scanning my system with f-prot (currently what i'm using, but if you think something else is better let me know), can i also be doing other stuff (e.g. playing mp3s, surfing the web), or should i leave the system alone while that's going on.

thanks a lot for any feedback.
Old 08-19-2003, 09:39 PM   #2
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Well, for burning CDs, I'd try not to be doing any stressfull things, as that can cause buffer underrun (make a coaster), but for virus scanning, all it will do is slow down the scan, so its not a big deal.

If you want to mess around with your priority (so things can run in "the background"), do a little research on the "nice" command.
Old 08-20-2003, 06:40 PM   #3
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thanks a lot!! what about ripping cds with kaudiocreator?
Old 08-20-2003, 10:08 PM   #4
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it is not needed to burn (unless you are planning to use a LOOOOOT of ressource) because Linux Emulate SCSI burner to burn. And SCSI burner works in parallel with HD (this mean they can both operate in the same time, not like IDE HD and CD-ROM that can't work in the same time). I don't know how Linux manages it but it works damn great, I can't even move my mouse in Windows while I'm burning (with my old dirty cheap burner) but in Linux, I can listen to music, recompile my kernel, listen to a movie and surf the web without problem.

(But be sure to Activate DMA mode to your HD first)... type "hdparm --help" and read.

About the virus scan program... the main reason why you should close apps while using it in Windoze is because running apps will use some files and so Windoze will "lock" these files (you probably seen this error saying "you can't delete this file because it is used by another programms or application" (or something like this).
Linux doesn't care about all this. If you want to delete your system go ahead, Linux will let you do it. try it : start listening a Mp3 song, then delete the file. The Mp3 should still playing to the end because it is already in memory (it works with Xmms and with Noatun).
So you don't have to worry about closing programs :P


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