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I can't find any information that's more recent than 2 years on how to setup packetwriting for my DVD-RAM drive. I like DVD-RAMs for reliable backups and hope to set it up correctly. I tried with some outdated how-tos which resulted in messing up a lot because there was no udev back then! How can I achieve this setup in the latest Ubuntu?

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DVD-RAM does not require packet writing.

If you are referring to DVD-RW or CD-RW packet writing, I know that there are HOWTOs all over the Internet. However, I have yet to find one that actually works with desktop environments/HAL/dbus/whatever it is that ubermodern systems are using instead of plain old fashioned manual configuration. :-)

I'm sure it is possible. I just can't figure out how to do it reliably without killing half the things that make my system useful. Sorry, this isn't much of an answer at all, I know: I have been searching for one for the last couple of years.

There really were some advantages to the way things were done a few or more years ago.

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IIUC, DVD-RAM indeed doesn't need software support for packet writing, but it supposedly speeds up writing significantly. I bought a DVD-RAM disc today (my first one ever) and will do some testing over the weekend. :) –  htorque Dec 17 '10 at 17:58
    
The kernel documentation also states that packet writing is not necessary for DVD-RAMs, but using the module can increase performance. However, I followed the instructions in that document and writing to the DVD-RAM even got slower than simply copying to it in Nautilus. –  htorque Dec 18 '10 at 20:27
    
Hi! I did get some packetwriting to work with a very old manual. And messed up my whole system. DVD-RAM is the perfect backup solution, well: WAS the perfect backup solution, cause now you rarely get DVD-RAM media with more than 4.7 GB of RAM. There used to be disks with 17.8 as I remeber ... –  piedro Dec 29 '10 at 19:12
    
Adding: Now I had to reinstall Maverick and still have no packetwriting DVD-RAM support. Annoying ... –  piedro Dec 29 '10 at 19:13
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