can burn cds but not dvds on F8

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Tue Jul 1 17:47:02 UTC 2008

Globe Trotter wrote:
> Hi,
> I am using cdrecord on F8, wodim:1.1.6-6.fc8
> I have been having a strange problem using my cd/dvdwriter. So, I use the following:
> cdrecord -v -eject speed=24 dev=/dev/scd1 Fedora-9-i686-Live.iso
>       which works just fine when writing to a CD-R. 
>       However, the same command using 
> cdrecord -v -eject speed=24 dev=/dev/scd1 Fedora-9-i386-DVD-iso
>      does not. Instead, it produces the following:
> wodim: No write mode specified.
> wodim: Asuming -tao mode.
> wodim: Future versions of wodim may have different drive dependent defaults.
First problem, note that although you requested cdrecord you actually 
got a forked and hacked version called "wodim," based on an old and 
obsolete version of cdrecord. It is linked as cdrecord to make you think 
you have the real thing, but you don't.

Your choices are these:
  (a) use growisofs
  (b) download and compile real cdrecord from
  (c) use cdrskin

The (b) option will install in /opt/schily/bin, and requires running as 
root or setuid root, because the program uses vendor-specific commands 
where needed and the kernel blocks them. I install the real cdrecord as 
CDrecord, in /usr/local/bin, setuid root. That reminds me it's not the 
Fedora hack.

I find (a) easier to use in many cases, and (b) to work with a few more 
burners. I only put (c) last because I haven't used it much, since only 
cdrecord supports the features needed to burn SVCD video disks.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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