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Date:      Mon, 29 Dec 2003 15:42:27 -0500
From:      Charles Swiger <>
To:        Brett Glass <>
Subject:   Re: Burning DVD-R's
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On Dec 29, 2003, at 2:57 PM, Brett Glass wrote:
> Due to inevitable code and data bloat, I need to begin burning DVD-R's 
> instead
> of CD-R's. However, the man page for FreeBSD's burncd(8) utility 
> doesn't
> mention whether (or how) FreeBSD is capable of doing this on the 
> Memorex ATAPI
> drive I have at hand. Can anyone tell me (a) whether FreeBSD can burn 
> DVD-R's;
> (b) whether it wil work with this drive; and (c) what commands are 
> required to
> do the burning?  All info much appreciated.

Yes, FreeBSD can burn DVD-R's.  Please see 
/usr/ports/sysutils/dvd+rw-tools.  This port should work fine with an 
ATAPI burner such as your unit, but you may need to rebuild the kernel 

device          atapicam

The command used is called "growisofs" and invokes "mkisofs" as needed 
as a dependency.  The manpage includes the following examples:

"      To  master and burn an ISO9660 volume with Joliet and Rock-Ridge 
        sions on a DVD:

             growisofs -Z /dev/dvd -R -J /some/files

        To append more data to same DVD:

             growisofs -M /dev/dvd -R -J /more/files

        Make sure to use the same options for both inital burning and 
        sessions.  To use growisofs to write a pre-mastered ISO-image to 
a DVD:

             growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/dvd=image.iso

        where  image.iso represents an arbitrary object in the 
filesystem, such
        as file, named pipe or device entry. Nothing is growing here  
and  com-
        mand name is not intuitive in this context."


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