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Joined: 2006-01-02

For those unfamiliar with growisofs, I'll explain it a little. Smiling

Growisofs is a wrapper for mkisofs and is primarily used for burning DVDs from files and CD/DVD images. Some of you may be using it already whether you know it or not. I know for a fact that it's the back-end to K3B, and it might be another GUI's back-end also. I'm not sure.

Anyhow, on to the command itself:

# This command burns the files in /some/files, excluding the parent directory, with Rock-Ridge and Joilet extentions
# Using the -V command and specifying a string as its argument, you can also label the DVD.  In this case: "DVD Label"

growisofs -l -Z /dev/dvd -V "DVD Label" -R -J /some/files/

To append files to the same DVD:

# Want to add more to the freshly burned DVD?  Use this command.  The difference is the -M that replaces -Z.
# -M generally stands for multisession.  Using this you could append files.
# The only trick to this command is that you need to pass the same arguments as you did when burning with -Z.
# In this case, we NEED to pass -l, -R, -J, and -V "DVD Label" to safely append files to the DVD.

growisofs -l -M /dev/dvd -V "DVD Label" -R -J /some/more/files/

You can also burn a CD/DVD image with:

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

but you might just want to use cdrecord, since it's just that much easier Smiling

cdrecord /path/to/dvd/image.iso

over and out,


tbuitenh's picture
Joined: 2005-12-21
This post would be better

This post would be better filed as a blog entry tagged "tips" - useful info though!

Joined: 2006-01-02
haha, that was odd. I just

haha, that was odd.

I just read this post and went "lol cool, I already knew that much though."

and then I realized that I was the poster of it.