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SubjectRe: PATCH: cdrecord: avoiding scsi device numbering for ide devices
Bill Davidsen <> writes:

> Måns Rullgård wrote:
>> David Woodhouse <> writes:
>>>That seems reasonable, but _only_ if burnfree is not enabled. If the
>>>hardware _supports_ burnfree but it's disabled, the warning should also
>>>recommend turning it on.
>> I'm also wondering why cdrecord disables it by default. Can it ever
>> do any harm being enabled?
> In theory, yes. It makes the track longer, so it could in theory make
> something large not fit. In practice, there really are some readers
> which skip on audio when they see the blanks. As Joerg which ones, but
> other people have agreed that it does happen.

As has been pointed out by others, the alternative is a wasted disk.
Even if the quality is degraded slightly where burnfree kicks in, the
disk may still be suitable for its intended use. CDs are often used
for moving some data to another machine and discarded after a single
use. In these cases, a lower resistance to scratches is not a
problem. For long-term storage the situation could of course be

Måns Rullgård
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