Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 219489
cdrecord fails, invalid multibyte character
Last modified: 2008-05-06 13:10:53 EDT
Description of problem:
When I type cdrecord -scanbus, I get the error message:
cdrecord: Invalid or incomplete multibyte or wide character. Cannot open SCSI
This happens both on my desktop and laptop computers (both run FC6).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
rpm -qa |grep cdrecord
Error message, "Invalid or incomplete multibyte or wide character. Cannot open
A list of all my cd/dvd drives
The problem is solved by overwriting /usr/bin/cdrecord with
the binary from FC5's cdrecord-2.01.01.0.a03-3.i386.rpm.
scanbus? why? just use the device name, and yes, "-scanbus" should be removed.
The -scanbus option is documented in the manpage for cdrecord.
If it is no longer a valid option, then an error message like
"invalid option" would be better. If one should now use device
names directly, then it would be great to include an example of
this as the first one in the EXAMPLES section of the manpage.
I am having the same problem on the two FC6 machines I run. I agree
whole-heartedly with Anders in comment #2. If scanbus is no longer appropriate,
the man page should reflect this.
Upgrade FC5-i386 to FC6-x86_64 (first of all NEVER upgrade like this because it
just messes up the system, so I installed from scratch). OK. I was burning CDs
and data DVDs OK with k3b. cdrecord -scanbus worked too as far as I recall.
Then I went to burn some MP3s to an audio CD. Well, we all know what happpened.
Redhat and Fedora don't support MP3 playback (which is PERFECTLY legal). So, I
downloaded a bunch of libraries (like livna) to get mp3 playback and burning
working. But, when I went to burn my CD with k3b, it died. I went to command
line and got this bug now. I cannot scanbus, nor can I burn. Bizarre, I was
burning data DVDs under k3b, now I can't even get anything command line working.
Strace shows that not much is happening, cdrecord dies before making any
library calls (as far as I can tell.) So, what gives? Malware???? Installed,
FC5_x86_64 cdrecord and have scanbus working again. I don't have time at the
moment to try burning my dvd again. Will try later.
This problem is also happening on my FC6 systems. -scanbus is a necessary
option. I have many scripts written that just -scanbus to build list of media
You can almost get it working with:
cdrecord -v -scanbus dev=ATA
This works for 2.6 kernels.
The problem then becomes that you sometimes get a listing and sometimes it just
hangs. So really there is a bug in cdrecord for Linux that needs fixing. The
fact that you can get a listing is proof that the command is operational. The
main problem lies in the fact that sometimes the command (with dev=ATA) will
hang either with a partial listing or it hangs right away.
> sometimes the command (with dev=ATA) will hang either with a partial listing
or it hangs right away
_sometimes_ seems to me as it is a hardware problem..
Doubtful. I have many other programs that work just fine on the same hardware.
growisofs for example. I just burned a dozen backup DVD's on this same
hardware without any problems at all. And I used K3B yesterday on the same
machine to burn some other DVD's. It had no problems either.
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