bin/160979: 9.0 burncd error caused by change to cd0 from acd0

Craig Rodrigues rodrigc at
Tue Sep 27 02:11:03 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM, Doug Barton <dougb at> wrote:
>> burncd has been part of the system utilities included in the basic
>> release since release 4.0 and cdrecord is a port. The professional
>> solution is to remove burncd from the 9.0 system release and add the
>> cdrecord command to the basic release as the replacement for burncd.
>> Then add release notes entry of the change.
> I think you misunderstand the situation. So here are a few hopefully
> helpful facts:
> 1. The fact that something is in the base, or in the ports, has
> absolutely no bearing on whether one piece of software is fundamentally
> more useful or valuable than another.


I have used burncd on many releases of FreeBSD, on many machines
without problem.  I can see the fact that burncd suddenly failing to
work on ATAPI hardware
could annoy and confused end-users.  Fbsd8 has a valid point.

Can we modify burncd to somehow detect if ATAPI-CAM is enabled, and print out
a more useful error message?

"ERROR:  burncd does not work when ATAPI-CAM driver enabled.  Install
the sysutils/cdrtools port and use cdrecord instead.
               Please refer to"

While it is necessary to document all these things in release notes,
documentation, etc.,
I don't always read every single last line of documentation or release
notes when using a system, and I
suspect many end-users are the same. :)
I am a big fan of having the system issue diagnostic errors that give
the user a clue how to remedy the problem,
or pointers to relevant information.

I even put "Please" in the error message to be nice. :)

Craig Rodrigues
rodrigc at

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