steve at einval.com
Tue Feb 8 08:46:22 PST 2005
On Fri, Feb 04, 2005 at 05:01:37PM +0100, Warly wrote:
>Harald Hoyer <harald at redhat.com> writes:
>> Steve McIntyre wrote:
>>> On Thu, Feb 03, 2005 at 03:43:02PM +0100, Harald Hoyer wrote:
>>>>Btw, where are the debian patches?
>>>> On http://packages.qa.debian.org/c/cdrtools.html , I only find a
>>>> big patch on the left bottom of the page.
>>> That's the standard Debian package way of handling patches. However,
>>> cdrtools on Debian uses a patch-within-patch method to manage
>>> things. If you grab the .diff.gz and apply it, it will add a
>>> debian/directory to the tree, and (IIRC) in debian/patches it will
>>> dump all the patches that get applied at package build time.
>> ok, extracted all patches... now, let's collect the patches somehow somewhere
>> describe them and vote for them... suggestions for this process?
>> Warly, care to join the list and help? See http://freedrtools.freedesktop.org/
>Yep, my patches are located and partially explained on my page, already
>linked from the freedrtools page.
>- dvd: dvd burning patch for DVD±RW
>The main patch. It brings DVD-R support, DVD+R, DVD+RW and currently
>under development DVD+R Dual Layer support.
>I have checked the MMC5 specifications, and it seems that Blue Ray and
>HD DVD will more or less respect the previous MMC command set, so it
>should not be very difficult to add the support into cdrecord.
>My main concern is that in cdrecord, the main program is very messy,
>with a huge main function doing tons of things, and more and more
>special case if your are DVD, CD, DVD+RW, etc.
>Maybe should we try to create some new function once the medium has been
>I have also receive one patch to automatically format unformated DVD+RW
>media, but I am not quite satisfied with that patch, I should rewrite it
>or change the way it is doing thing.
Ouch! That's not something to do lightly, of course...
>My current concerns with this patch is the multisession support,
>although not really used, I think it must be broken with DVD. I am also
>concerned about some 'fixing' issue. The specifications explain the
>various 'fixing' method, depending if you are a DVD or a CD, but Joerg
>does not seems to fix CD, he just closes the session. For the DVD+R DL
>support I had to use the specific fixate command, but not sure which one
>is really the best to increase the medium compatibility.
Most drives I've worked with will automatically fixate once you finish
writing a CD unless you specifically ask them not to. Fixate only
seems necessary on some very old drives for CD-R at least; DVD may be
>I have clearly met a lot of incompatibility with a lot of DVD-ROM
>drive. Strangely DVD+RW seems to be better accepted than pure DVD+R.
>- o_excl: open device in exclusive mode to prevent some burning failures.
>I think this one come from your own patches, Harald, not to be bothered
It's a good patch that I think we should all use.
>- rawio: get RAWIO capability to be able to burn as user with kernel 2.6.8.
>This one should be obsolete now, in the 2.6.9 the kernel seems to have
>change a little bit more its policy to allow user space program
>accessing low level scsi command.
>Right now I have just remove the suid bit from the cdrecord
>binary. However with that choice (which is not so bad, having less suid
>binary is more a plus than a drawback), we do not access anymore to the
>privileged scheduler option. But recent machine are now clearly
>powerful enough to handle, even in user mode, a burning process in
Yup, it shouldn't be necessary at all any more.
>- warnings: remove warnings for kernel version and use of gnu make.
>Just cosmetics, remove this silly 5 second sleep in the makefile, as
>well as all the kernel version checks.
>- scanbus: do not exit if a /dev/hdX cannot be opened as user in scanbus mode
>This is needed as if we do not set cdrecord suid any more, it will not
>be able to try to open the /dev/hda device. I just ignore device which
>could not be opened, instead of dying.
I'll document some more of the Debian patches in the next couple of
days as I find the time. I've only just joined the team in the last
couple of weeks so I haven't yet looked through them all.
BTW, Harald: cvs.fedora.redhat.com does not seem to responding at the
moment. Is there a problem/downtime on that server?
Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. steve at einval.com
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