Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 10-30-2003, 02:26 PM   #1
Registered: May 2003
Location: Somewhere over the Rainbow
Distribution: Slackware 9.x, Knoppix, Damn Small Linux, RedHat.
Posts: 465

Rep: Reputation: 30
Question with CDRecord

Hi, I have Slackware 9.0 and I would like to know how can I burn my /home folder with CDRECORD?

Thanks a lot.
Old 10-30-2003, 02:36 PM   #2
Registered: Sep 2002
Location: York, UK
Distribution: Debian Sid
Posts: 215

Rep: Reputation: 30
Firstly, you'll want to check that your cd recorder is correctly configured. You may do this by entering the command "cdrecord -scanbus" while logged in as root (or having used "su").

Assuming the above output shows that your burner is recognised, you will now want to proceed to create an iso filesystem to burn to the cd. You can do this using the mkisofs program - don't forget to read the manpage: "man mkisofs". A typical command line might be something like:
mkisofs -J -o /tmp/mycd.iso /home/myuser/
Having successfully created an iso, you can write this to a recordable disc (preferably CDRW until you're sure everything works) using cdrecord. A typical cdrecord command line might read something like
cdrecord dev=0,0,0 speed=12 blank=fast -data /tmp/mycd.iso
The blank=fast part is only applicable to reburning a cdrw - be sure to remove it if you're working with CD-Rs.

Having said all that, there are several functional GUI solutions for burning cds under linux. Although I don't use any myself, perhaps someone else can provide a recommendation?
Old 10-30-2003, 02:39 PM   #3
Registered: Oct 2003
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 112

Rep: Reputation: 15
Do to limitations in mkisofs, the easiest way is to tar your home directory first, then create an iso from the tar.


mkisofs -r -o my-home.iso my-home.tar
cdrecord dev=/dev/??? speed=?? -data my-home.iso

(replace the ??? above with whatever, i.e. dev=/dev/hdc speed=24)

Read /usr/doc/Linux-HOWTO's/CD-Writing-HOWTO, or if you didn't install the howto's, find the same howto at
Old 10-30-2003, 02:57 PM   #4
Registered: May 2003
Location: Somewhere over the Rainbow
Distribution: Slackware 9.x, Knoppix, Damn Small Linux, RedHat.
Posts: 465

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Hey Thanks a lot. now I can burn it.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cdrecord - flag question satimis Linux - General 1 05-27-2005 03:49 AM
cdrecord Question dollaz Linux - Software 2 12-30-2004 03:44 PM
Cdrecord question satimis Linux - Software 6 10-22-2004 08:46 PM
A question about cdrecord Avatar Linux - Software 5 07-19-2004 09:59 AM
cdrecord question Lleb_KCir Linux - Software 7 04-13-2004 03:02 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:12 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration