It’s been over a month since my last entry, I think. I’ve intended to post something for a few weeks, but have been caught up in all things related to Banshee. Soon I’ll post some potentially interesting details regarding Banshee development. This post however, is for me to rant about CD Duplication in GNOME. Why is it such a difficult task?!
I haven’t needed to duplicate a CD for well over a year, or so that’s what my recollection says. So friend came over in desperate need of a copy of that other OS. My first reaction was laughter… I sure didn’t think I had a copy of that anywhere. After some digging through various dusty CD stacks however, I found a disk. Now to duplicate it: impossible. My first thought was to right click the disk in Nautilus, and select “Duplicate” or “Copy.” No such option. I then tried eroaster and xcdroast (ewwww): both don’t seem to like ATAPI at all, and insisted on SCSI emulation. I wasn’t going deal with that. It’s 2005. I was not going to stoop to the level of k3b either. Instead I hesitantly resorted to making an ISO with the ol’ trusty, but what should be completely unnecessary: dd if=/dev/hdc of=copy.iso. Once I had the ISO, Nautilus promptly offered to handle the later half of the chore and burn it to disk.
So we have had the “Burn ISO” feature in Nautilus for some time… why do we not have a “Copy Disk” option? The simple hack would be to write an ISO to a temp directory, and then use the Burn ISO feature to burn that temporary ISO. The better option would be to have CD->CD duplication (and maybe optionally CD->ISO->CD, as I can see CD->CD being an issue with some hardware). But we can at least easily do the ISO route.
Oh well, for now I’ve calmed down, and have a duplicated CD. But this is an issue I’d like to explore in the future, when I have solved the problem where an extra 5 hours is injected into the span of a day. I’ll give that task slightly higher priority.
Update: I take back 90% of this rant. Apparently the “Copy Disk” option is in the context menu for an optical drive in the Nautilus Computer window, but not on the Desktop context menu for the disk. So if the “Burn ISO” option is in both places… why isn’t the “Copy Disk” option?