Projects / DiscSpan


DiscSpan is a tool that will take that a large directory full of files and automatically burn a series of DVDs to near capacity, without the need or hassle of creating individual ISOs or moving files around. It is geared more towards smaller files such as music and photos, as it cannot span a file across multiple discs. It prompts for the directory you'd like to back up, the device to use to burn, and the speed at which to burn. It analyzes the files and calculates how many DVDs are needed, while making sure no files are greater than the size of a DVD.

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Recent releases

  •  12 Aug 2010 18:46

    Release Notes: The "--test" option was broken in 0.2.1 and has been fixed. The tray is no longer ejected when --test or --iso-dir options are used. The drive/media detection code was cleaned up a little and more meaninful output was added. The "--skip-big" option was added to optionally skip files that were too big for ISO 9660 or recording media (CDs) instead of exiting. Logic was added to try to predict ISO file system size to reduce the need for the --size-factor option.

    •  28 Jul 2010 22:41

      Release Notes: A "size-factor" option was added for modifying the capacity of the disk on the fly. A --verbose option will spit out the file names. Some more diagnostic output was added, such as how many files will be on each disc and the approximate size of the finished disc. An option was added to write to ISO files instead of directly to the burner.

      •  09 Jun 2010 17:52

        Release Notes: This release is mostly re-written, with an object-oriented approach. It should work on modern systems (tested on Fedora 12 and 13 and RHEL 5.5). It requires a discspan.ini file; speed must be set in this file. It has a --help option and uses real option parsing now. You can specify the directory, volume name, starting disc, etc. It uses ISO level 4 for burns, so as to not run into directory depth problems that exist with ISO level 3.

        •  13 Dec 2007 18:36

          Release Notes: This release is capable of detecting DVD-RW and DVD+ variants. It correctly traps Ctrl+C. The README has been updated.

          •  13 Dec 2007 01:13

            Release Notes: Smater DVD drive detection.


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