On Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 03:00:49PM -0400, Jerry McAllister wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 04:16:58PM -0700, UCTC Sysadmin wrote:
> 
> > In looking at the documentation for "cdrecord", the examples showed a 
> > two-step process
> > of making an ISO image then burning it.
> > 
> > Here's my deal:
> > 
> > NEVER HAVING BURNED a CD or DVD on FreeBSD before -
> > I go to the documentation to FIND OUT HOW
> > and there really is no HOW
> > 
> > So I look in vain for
> > 
> > "What you need to do in the kernel if anything to support burning CDs/DVDs"
> > "What additional support libraries or software would be needed"
> > "The stepwise process for burning CDs or DVDs"
> > 
> > I created a junk file called "junk.tar" as a single file to put on a CD to 
> > prove the command works.
> > I then use
> > 
> > burncd -f /dev/acd0 data junk.tar fixate
> > 
> > and of course trying to
> > 
> > mount -t cd9660 /dev/acd0 /mnt
> > 
> > fails and the CD is also unreadable on windows.
> > 
> > Well duh. That is because THE FILE SYSTEM HAS TO BE CREATED MANUALLY.
> > Now, users used to smart unix commands read the man page and it SAYS of 
> > burncd
> > 
> > fixate writes a TOC and makes the CD readable
> > 
> > I am writing an ISO9660 device (a device for which ISO9660 is a reasonable 
> > default FS - yes? no?)
> > Any meaningful defaults here? Did the man page tell me I hade to wrap my 
> > data inside a filesystem image?
> > I did not see that. So DUH is right.
> > 
> > I then said, hey.
> > 
> > mkisofs -R -o image.raw junk.tar
> > 
> > THEN said
> > 
> > burncd -f /dev/acd0 data image.raw fixate
> > 
> > and VOILA like magic all is good. It works and reads on unix and windows 
> > like a champ.

Sorry for replying to my own reply, but.
> 
> Oh, I just assumed you had done the mkiso.

Should be mkisofs of course.

> If that is not in the handbook and FAQ, it should be, of course.

Just took a look and the handbook does have all this and more.

You should actually read it before jumping all over everything
about lack of documentation.   There may be some terminology such
as Rock Ridge and Joliet that could use a more clear explanation,
but what you needed to know was clearly there.

////jerry

> 
> Sorry.
> 
> ////jerry
> 
> > 
> > =======
> > 
> > So THE FAQ and/or HOWTO SUCKS, is the problem. If that offends purists, try 
> > fixing your transmission
> > under deadline with a japanese shop manual translated into english and no 
> > diagrams. Documentation makes
> > all the difference, both to novices and to professionals. Someone who knows 
> > the how and what should
> > write a contributed thing - whenever they have the time and desire to 
> > educate the unwashed masses.
> > 
> > -foo-
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