How to use your CD writer under LinuxFirst, you need a compatible CD burner. Linux works with SCSI CD-burners, IDE CD-burners (through ide-scsi emulation), and USB CD burners. In all cases, the device appears as a SCSI device. If you can see your device with the command 'cdrecord -scanbus', then you are ready to burn. If so, skip to section 2.
Section 1: Configuring your CD writerOften, people have a IDE cd-writer, but don't have the ide-scsi emulation turned on. This is best done by editing the /etc/lilo.conf on your computer, and adding an entry to your current boot option:
image=/boot/vmlinuz-STD-current label=linux read-only root=/dev/device append="hdb=ide-scsi"
(NOTE: this is just an example, your root partition and CD-writer device might be different. If you have any problems identifying or configuring your CD-writer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once you have configured lilo, re-run /sbin/lilo to install the new bootloader, and reboot.
Section 2: Using cdrecordThe output of 'cdrecord -scanbus' will look something like this:
# cdrecord -scanbus Cdrecord 1.9 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2000 Jörg Schilling Linux sg driver version: 3.1.22 Using libscg version 'schily-0.1' scsibus0: 0,0,0 0) 'TOSHIBA ' 'DVD-ROM SD-R1202' '1020' Removable CD-ROM 0,1,0 1) * 0,2,0 2) * 0,3,0 3) * 0,4,0 4) * 0,5,0 5) * 0,6,0 6) * 0,7,0 7) *
The CD writer is the device labeled '0,0,0' in this example. You can now use cdrecord to burn an audio or data CD, using that device number. Here's an example of how to burn an ISO image to a cd, using cdrecord:
# cdrecord -v speed=2 dev=0,0,0 -data cdimage.isoRead the man page for 'cdrecord' for more options and examples.
Section 3: Making ISO imagesYou may want to generate a CD image containing data. You can do this with the comand 'mkisofs'.
mkisofs -r -o cd_image private_collection/ `---------' `-----------------' | | write output to take directory as inputYou can then use cdrecord to write cd_image to a CD.
The following off-site links will open in a new browser window:
- The Linux CD-Writing Howto
- is a good place to find more information about writing CDs under linux.