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Re: [opensuse-factory] Why don't we change to cdrtools ?
  • From: Joerg.Schilling@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Joerg Schilling)
  • Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 22:38:34 +0200
  • Message-id: <4a73564a./kcurPmlP6rs00OM%Joerg.Schilling@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
AFAIK cdrtools still have some problems that were solved in cdrkit:
- acessing the device via /dev/sg vs. /dev/sr

- burning without root or suid

You are mistaken:

- cdrkit has big problems with e.g. discovering SATA drives
while the original software nas no no known problems and
is able to access all drives out of the box.

The SCSI problems in wodim are all a result if the fact that
Eduard Bloch is missing basic skills on SCSI transport.

- Suse ships software that usually on notebooks is completely
unable to access the CD-ROM drive regardless how hard you try.
Cdrecord is able to work "out of the box" on the same hardware
even without specifying a dev= parameter.

- wodim of course is unable to work correctly whout being suid root.
The fact that it's creator (a non-cooperative downstream package
maintainer without the needed SCSI skills) did remove early warning
tests just results in late failures with unspecific error sitiations
that are hard to be interpreted correctly.

- The Linux kernel _always_ required root privileges for writing CDs
At some time, a driver developer novice introduced a security bug that
was never correctly fixed. As a result now some SCSI commands appear
to work without root privileges making uninformed people believe that
the there is no need for root privileges.


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