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I am trying to follow the directions to create an automated backup from this site for my 11.10 machine:

The DVD that I'm working with is a Memorex DVD-RW 4x 4.7GB 10min.

I have written the following script:

echo > $outfile
echo Formatting $DVD...|tee $outfile
dvd+rw-format -force=full $DVD|tee $outfile
echo Writing $DVD...|tee $outfile
growisofs -dvd-compat -input-charset=ISO-8859-1 -Z $DVD -R -J -pad -graft-points "/spenser=/mnt/backup" 

And here are my results:

thom@thom-desktop:/usr/local/bin$ sudo
Formatting /dev/scd0...
* BD/DVD±RW/-RAM format utility by <>, version 7.1.
:-( mounted media doesn't appear to be DVD±RW, DVD-RAM or Blu-ray
Writing /dev/scd0...
:-( /dev/scd0: media is not recognized as recordable DVD: 0

I'm at a loss as to how to proceed...


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According to the dvd+rw-format website, that program is a "patch" for the 2.4 kernel. The 2.4 series is many years old (2.6 was out for close to 10 years, I think, and now we're on 3.0), and your UbuntuForums tutorial link is from 2007. There's a good chance that your instructions are outdated. I'm posting this as a comment because I don't know how to manually burn a DVD. I always use some GUI program to do it for me and have done so even in the days where I used the command line for everything else. – Scott Severance Feb 29 '12 at 19:54
Thanks for the info @ScottSeverance. good catch! – Thom Feb 29 '12 at 20:59

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OK, here's the script I ended up writing. Hope this helps someone else.

First you must unmount the drive to insure it is not open, the format, then copy the files.


echo > $outfile
echo unmounting $DVD...|tee -a $outfile
umount $DVD
echo Formatting $DVD...|tee -a $outfile
wodim -vv dev=$DVD blank=all|tee -a $outfile
echo Mounting...|tee -a $outfile
mount /mnt/backup
echo Writing $DVD...|tee -a $outfile
growisofs -dvd-compat -input-charset=ISO-8859-1 -Z $DVD -R -J -pad -graft-points "/spenser=/mnt/backup"
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You should use tee -a instead of tee to append to the log file instead of overwriting it, which I assume is the case. – Frxstrem Mar 1 '12 at 0:30
Thanks, @Frxstrem – Thom Mar 1 '12 at 0:43

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