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MasterC 11-23-2002 04:02 PM

Packet Writing

Ok, so there is this totally suck program in winbloze called DirectCD. It's a program that's sets up a CDRW (well you could use CDR, but this would normally be something you'd use a CDRW for...) sort of like another drive, and then you simply drag and drop files onto this new drive. It writes them as you drag and drop em, basically like copying to another partition.

This might sound like a good idea, and it is, but stupid Adaptec (the co who makes that crap) makes it proprietary software. So if you wanna read that data after it's been written to the disc in that fashion, you have to install a program that is included on the disc onto your computer (if you don't already have it, or DirectCD installed that is).

Anyway, onto my question now that I have complained a bit :)

Is there something like this in Linux? Where I could mount (or not, that really wouldn't matter) a blank disc on say /mnt/cdrom and then simply copy files over to it: cp /home/user/files/* /mnt/cdrom (Or without a mount: cp /home/user/files/* /dev/cdrw) and then have them written to the disc as I copy them over?

This would be something I'd find useful on a few of the drives I am looking at, mainly the DVD-R drive :)

Anyway, thanks for any ideas, or links or whatever.


michaelk 11-24-2002 02:40 PM

Nope, linux does not have packet writing yet. You can read directcd's if you add UDF support to the kernel.

There are cdroms out there that have packet writing in hardware.
Don't know if anyone has tried them with linux yet.

MasterC 11-24-2002 03:00 PM

Ah well, thanks for the reply anyway. I knew about the udf deal, but thanks for the info.

I wasn't aware that cdrw's existed that did that via hardware, that's kinda cool. Maybe there is something in the DVD-R drives as well then... Who knows. Since I don't have one yet anyway, I guess I will cross that path when/if I come to it.


Tinkster 12-16-2002 09:18 PM

Haven't tried it yet, though :)

Actually, I only found this thread because I
was wondering whether anyone here has tried it yet ;)


MasterC 12-17-2002 02:17 AM

Holy Sh** Tink! Thanks! :)


Tinkster 12-17-2002 02:02 PM

Pleasure ;)


GrapefruiTgirl 03-29-2007 08:15 PM

UPDATE: Packet writing success.

Check that thread for how I got packet writing to work if you haven't yet :)

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