man page claims DVD+RW support but the program denies this

Bug #124981 reported by Beata Graff av dalHagen on 2007-07-10
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
cdrkit (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: wodim

'man wodim' and search for mmc_dvdplus, see that the man page says that this is a driver option.
'wodim driver=mmc_dvdplus $options', see that it says Illegal driver type.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Jul 9 19:46:53 2007
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 7.04
Uname: Linux coyote 2.6.20-16-lowlatency #2 SMP PREEMPT Thu Jun 7 20:23:03 UTC 2007 i686 GNU/Linux

Schily (schilling-fokus) wrote :

The man page is from cdrecord - the original program.

The people who did create the fork "wodim" did rip off the
DVD support code for unknown reasons.

If you like to use a maintained program that supports all kind of
media, please use the original software:

make sure to install it suid root to allow it to send all
needed SCSI commands.

Reinhard Tartler (siretart) wrote :

this is not a problem in cdrtools, but in cdrkit. reassigning

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. You reported this bug a while ago and there hasn't been any activity in it recently. We were wondering if this is still an issue for you. Can you try with the latest Ubuntu release? Thanks in advance.

Changed in cdrkit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

Confirmed to still be present in Jaunty (wodim 9:1.1.9-1ubuntu1).

$ wodim driver=mmc_dvdplus
Illegal driver type 'mmc_dvdplus'.

The bug is trivial to reproduce; there was no need to mark it incomplete.

Changed in cdrkit (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed

Still affects Maverick, probably Natty as well. Debian bug reported and linked. Marking Triaged.

Changed in cdrkit (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in cdrkit:
status: Unknown → New
Schily (schilling-fokus) wrote :

The bug is a result from not using the original cdrtools software.

The original software supports to write all media types but in the fork distributed on Ubuntu, the DVD support code was ripped off.

The best solution is to upgrade to the original software retrieved from

Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) wrote :

Schily, a lot more people would be quite enthusiastic to use your code - if only you weren't such a difficult character to deal with.

The sorry state of cdrkit is - unfortunate.

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