someone on the kernel mailing list was considering adding CDROM and DVD burning support to ddUgh! I'd rather have specific tools for CD and DVD burning; they require a lot of processes and user options that are not relevant to normal use of dd, and most of dd's options are not relevant to burning discs. For instance, I'm never going to want to convert ASCII to EBCDIC as I'm burning an ISO image, and even if I did, I could pipe the output of dd into the disc burning program. Similarly, I'm never going to tell dd to show me ATIP information when I'm dd'ing from a pipe to a tape drive.
Have people forgotten the Unix philosophy of having simple tools that do one thing well, and combining them with pipelines and/or scripts for more complex tasks? Making dd able to burn discs directly does not provide any new capability, nor does it make anything easier. Naive users are going to use a GUI front end to the process anyhow, so the exact mechanism is unimportant to them.
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