okay, i’ve got a question that nobody else seems to know the answer to, so i’ll toss it out here and see what happens.

i’ve got an ISO9660 image of kubuntu which is 699.9 megabytes. in order to burn it to a CD, i would use a 700 mb writable disk, but it won’t let me, presumably because it’s too big.

i’ve also got a CD of kubuntu, which is 699.9 megabytes, but when i tell K3B to copy it, K3B crashes… toast on my mac doesn’t crash, but it also won’t let me copy the disk, because it’s too big.

how did canonical ltd. get kubuntu on the disk? how do i copy the disk so that i can give it to one of my clients?

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  1. Fair enough. I’m pretty sure Kubuntu has kmail available, so the program part wouldn’t be too hard. I don’t know what to do about the filters. Maybe it’s part of your kmail config files?

  2. it’s kmail, so my guess is that i could just grab the ~/Mail directory to get the mail and folders transferred, but getting /usr/bin/ (the directory where kmail is) would be difficult, give me a lot of data that i don’t need and probably wouldn’t get my mail filters anyway. i haven’t the first clue about where the kmail filters are stored… i suppose that i could list the filters and copy them out by hand, but there has to be a better way.

  3. Definitely a legitimate concern – is there any way that you could just grab the entire folder with the mail program in it and copy it to a different location? (If not that, it seems pretty poor that the mail program doesn’t offer an import/export option.)

  4. the version of K3B that i’m using has an option for overburn, but when i select it it tells me that overburn is not supported with the version of cdrecord that i’ve currently got, and as far as i’ve been able to tell, there isn’t a package that contains a newer version of cdrecord for mandrake… which is why i’m considering upgrading to kubuntu myself. at this point, the only reason i haven’t upgraded yet is because i still haven’t figured out how to get all my mail folders and filters transfered to the new version.

  5. Oh, boo! I’m pretty sure the version I have (alond with K3B) allows for overburn, but then again, I’m already running Ubuntu, so maybe the things in my repositories are higher-versioned. Is there a newer RPM available for cdrecord and K3B?

  6. K3B is one of the many GUIs for cdrecord, which is the command-line cd writing utility that comes with just about every distro of linux out there. i don’t know whether or not they know what an iso image is, but it does have a “Write ISO image” option in the menus, along with a “Write data image”, “Write music image” and at least one other, which i can’t check currently, because it’s actually writing an image to disk at this very moment. i mounted the iso and then wrote the resulting directories to disk at the slowest possible speed. it looks like it’s going to work this time. 8)

  7. Dunno what “K3B” is but I’m thinking they maybe didn’t quite get the point of an ISO image.

  8. the text-based cd-burning program that K3B uses (cdrecord?) doesn’t allow overburning in the version that i’ve got… 8/

  9. my current distro (mandrake 9.2) also has a “write image to CD using K3B” option on the context menu, but the resulting disk has the iso image on it, not the contents of the disk, which doesn’t do me much good.

  10. i’m really glad you said that, because i’ve actually been looking for 800mb disks, and so far nobody else has even heard of them. i thought i was going crazy… 8)

  11. There’s a definite difference between “burning a CD” and “burning an ISO image to a CD.” You have to have a burner software that does the latter in order to make it work. I’m pretty sure we burnt the first Ubuntu disk on Lucifer’s machine using Nero, but I can’t remember where we found the “burn as ISO image” option in the program.

    I found out that Ubuntu comes with that feature built in. If you have a CD burner in your machine and an ISO image on your drive, you right-click the image and the context menu has “burn image to disk” on it. This doesn’t help you if you’re trying to burn your first disk on another OS, of course.

    Lastly, once you’ve gotten the right software to do it, if presented a choice in the matter, choose the slowest burn speed. I tried a “quick burn” on my first try and the CD didn’t work.


  12. Probably because some of that 700MB is supposed to be used for other writing blocks and for protection from possible overburning. If you enable the overburn ability for K3B or some other program, I think it will let you burn it.

  13. I don’t have the answer to either of the final questions, but I had a similar problem with a disc once, and I had to be a bit sneaky to burn it. I had Nero just create an image file of the disc, rather than use the copy function, then I used a different program (ImgBurn) to burn that image to a disc. Not guaranteeing it will work but it might be worth trying.

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