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    SubjectRe: [2.6.30-rc2] CD-R: wodim intermittent failures: [sr0] Add. Sense: Logical block address out of range, sector 0
    On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:48 AM, Joerg Schilling
    <> wrote:
    > I see two possible problems that should be first resolved.
    > 1)      You are using "wodim" instead of cdrecord.
    >        "wodim" is a very old version (4+ years) of cdrecord with
    >        additional bugs. Due to Copyright & GPL violations, it cannot
    >        even be legally distributed.

    Not to get into a flamewar on this, but multiple sources disagree with
    you on this point. Just so it is clear... I do not expect a reply to
    this message and I will not read one if it is sent. I simply wish to
    exercise my free speech rights and provide potentially useful

    Since you released cdrtools under the GPL, you cannot possibly expect
    to claim that someone else distributing a copy under the same license
    is violating your copyright. You also cannot claim trademark
    violations as the maintainers of "wodim" intentionally changed the
    names of all of the programs. Debian-based systems no longer even
    install the "compatibility symlinks" that you claim to have a problem
    with, and have not for some time. Furthermore, you have certainly
    never held a patent on the cdrecord design.


    If you would like to contest specifics of GPL compliance, please also
    reference a rather extensive body of other GPL work (incl. the Linux
    kernel) which does *NOT* require the following (this list partially
    taken from your webpage at

    * Tracking the author and date for every individual change in every
    file. If this was true, the Linux kernel source (for example) would
    be roughly 95% changelogs.

    * Displaying the copyright messages exactly the same way the
    original author does. The GPL requires that you must preserve the
    contents of the copyrights and attribution and make them easily
    accessible to the user.

    * Including source code beyond what was used to produce a specific
    binary version. If I delete code for specific kernel modules from a
    kernel tarball and distribute the resulting kernel binary I am legally
    *required* to distribute the modified sources (as opposed to the
    original sources).

    I cannot comment on German legal code as I am neither fluent in German
    nor well-versed in that particular legal code. On the other hand, I
    can state that neither of the restrictions you specify apply to
    distribution of GPLed binaries within the US. This is especially true
    as the GPL contains the statement that "this software comes without
    any warranty whatsoever".

    It would be very difficult for someone to prove tangible harm to
    reputation from software distributed by a third party under the
    original author's terms of "no warranty whatsoever, not even including
    the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular

    And back to something vaguely resembling the original topic:
    > As Linux requires root privileges for many SCSI commands, you need to
    > install cdreord suid root which is automatically done via "make install"
    > as root.

    If you discover that you need root privileges to burn a CD or DVD,
    that is a kernel bug and we would very much appreciate a bugreport.

    Kyle Moffett
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