mkisofs and MakeCD with Amiga OS4

[Ed: Since 2006 there are have been advances. If you have Amiga OS4 in 2012 you can use AmiDVD to do all of this quite handily. Of course the below will work too.]

This is an augmentation of an email that allowed me to 1st succeed.


You want to burn an ISO cd, right? In that case, you don't want to mount the drives AT ALL. Mounting them treats them like a filing system where you can copy individual files (if your drives support Mt. Rainier) or read individual files. To actually burn the CD, you need a program such as MakeCD or BurnIt. These operate directly on the disk and create the file structure when the disk is burned. Before that, there isn't anything to mount, so this is always done without mounting the devices.

I don't have BurnIt, but I know how to use MakeCD (which I think comes with the AOS4 prerelease). Here are the instructions:

What you need to do for MakeCD is:

  1. Work2:stage> work1:apps/mkisofs/mkisofs -R -J -o stuff.iso -V 20060904iMac 20060904iMac
    Work1:apps/mkisofs/mkisofs: Warning: no Apple/Unix files will be decoded/mapped
     96.16% done, estimate finish Mon Sep 04 17:32:24 2006
    Total extents actually written (inc HFS) = 337956
    (Size of ISO volume = 331770, HFS extra = 6186)
    Total translation table size: 0
    Total rockridge attributes bytes: 2397941
    Total directory bytes: 19374080
    Path table size(bytes): 145256
    337984 extents written (660 Mb)
    so that you have the .iso file available
  2. start MakeCd and click the Add Track button.

    MakeCD icon on the workbench Registration requester No registration warning Main MakeCD window

  3. in the requester that pops up, set Data Source to IMAGE, and set the Data Path to point to the .iso

    add track form default add track form after modification main window WRITE TRACKS

  4. Select "Direct to CD Writer" and then start.
  5. MakeCD will take you to a new window with a list of what it will do. Turn Test Mode off.

    The WRITE WINDOW Requester about CD+R

  6. Put in a blank CD and click Start.

    The write window at conclusion

    If all goes well (no errors writing to disk) you should have a [useable]... disk ... . Here is proof that it worked.

  7. Eject that newly made CD.

    The Doc's PlayCD PlayCD's eject button

  8. Push the CD back in. Select the workbench icon, then press [R-Amiga + "o"], then [R-Amiga + Shift + "+"]

    selected workbench CD icon window sans icons window with icons

Hope this helps!

--Stuart Anderson

I popped the CD out and put it in my wife's iMac and after a bit of time, up came the icon on the Desktop. I clicked around and it was viable. Success there, too.

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