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Sunday: Quiet, peaceful. - Elf M. Sternberg
Sunday: Quiet, peaceful.
Sunday was quiet at the Villa. I tried to write, honestly, but could barely work out the focus to reach a thousand words; any more was simply beyond me.

Omaha and I worked on producing an ISO9660 image for her company using her Macintosh; this was a saga worth recounting. The burning software that's on her Mac only burns HFS, not ISO9600, and so is useless if you want CDs that can be read on a Linux or Windows machine. She needed to find the classic script mkisofs, which converts a constructed directory tree into an ISO9600 image appropriate for CD burning. She tried installing it via fink, a binary-based port of FreeBSD's ports system. That didn't work. She found a java-based version that neither of us really knew how to work. The website that actually maintains mkisofs was down. I finally found a copy for GNU-Darwin, and it ran on her box without modification. This took hours of struggle. It was ridiculous.

On the other hand, I have managed to bring my DVD manufacturing toolchain back on-line, and it seems to be as effective as ever. Excellent.

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bolindbergh From: bolindbergh Date: September 10th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)

hdiutil makehybrid -iso -o image-file-name.iso source-directory-name

(Unless you're talking about a Mac OS X version so old it hasn't got the hdiutil command....)

omahas From: omahas Date: September 11th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'll try that next time. I'm running 10.4.10 on this box, so it's not like it's ancient or anything. And everywhere I went gave me the impression that I should have mkisofs on the machine. Just don't know why it wouldn't show up or run. :(
arghhh From: arghhh Date: September 10th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Alternatively you can try Toast Titanium for a GUI interface. I think it's worth the money.
ideaphile From: ideaphile Date: September 10th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Drag, drop, burn

The built-in Mac OS X burning software does produce cross-platform discs. I have no idea what the format is, but discs end up readable on most Mac, Windows, or Linux machines. Just to be sure about the latter claim, I burned a CD and stuck it into a Fedora machine I have sitting here, and it worked okay.

Now, it's possible that Windows 95, Mac System 7, or some ancient Brand X Linux distribution might not be able to read these, but it may not be worth worrying about it.

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omahas From: omahas Date: September 11th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Drag, drop, burn

We tried that as our first run. But when Elf tried to mount it on his machine, the ISO wouldn't even mount. And when he looked at the format, his Linux box said it was Apple HFS format. So we couldn't even burn a trial copy to find out if it would work. Thus our attempts to locate mkisofs.
ideaphile From: ideaphile Date: September 11th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Drag, drop, burn

Hmm. As I said, I don't even know what format it created, but I did burn a CD and it mounts on Windows and Fedora without problems.

If you can build an image of an ISO file, you can burn it with Disk Utility. In that situation the format comes from the .ISO file, so if it's really ISO 9660 it should get burned that way.

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