GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
The cdrdao package provides, by far, the simplest interface for burning CDs. Also, some burners have had limited support for track at once burning, as was the experience with Mint (41.43) where cdrecord could not work for recording audio. The cdrdao tool worked just fine in that instance. Cdrdao can be used to duplicate both data and audio CDs.
By default cdrdao is run as root and access can
be provided to users through the use of sudo. If you wish
to provide all users with access to the program you can set the
# chmod u+s /usr/bin/cdrdao
To use cdrdao you need to know where your CD writer is.
Use the cdrdao command as follows to find this out:
$ cdrdao scanbus
You can then specify as command line options of cdrdao the
-device and -driver. However, to avoid having to
do this every time you can create either /home/kayon/.cdrdao
or /etc/default/cdrdao. The file should contain the following
line or lines, replacing the 0,0,0 with your SCSI device
address as identified by cdrdao scanbus, and the driver (if
required) with the appropriate one for your CD writer - see the cdrdao
write_device: "0,0,0" write_driver: "generic-mmc"
On Athene (41.16) (kernel 2.6.7) the device is ATA:1,0,0.
The following cdrdao commands can be specified on the
command line without the need to identify the device each time
(assuming it is identified in the appropriate configuration file as
show-toc - prints out toc and exits toc-info - prints out short toc-file summary toc-size - prints total number of blocks for toc read-toc - create toc file from audio CD read-cd - create toc and rip audio data from CD read-cddb - contact CDDB server and add data as CD-TEXT to toc-file show-data - prints out audio data and exits read-test - reads all audio files and exits disk-info - shows information about inserted medium msinfo - shows multi session info, output is suited for scripts unlock - unlock drive after failed writing blank - blank a CD-RW scanbus - scan for devices simulate - shortcut for 'write --simulate' write - writes CD copy - copies CD
See Section 14.3.1 for examples of copying a CD, Section 14.3.3 for mastering and burning an audio CD, Section 14.7 deals with CD-RWs, and Section 14.5.4 covers copying VCDs.
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