Burning mixed ownership of files to disk producing a problem?

William Stock wstock at fuse.net
Thu Nov 18 16:32:24 UTC 2010

In a small test I had no problem burning some of "my" files and some
"root/root" files.  However, using the CD for a restore would be a
gigantic pain in the backside.  You'd be sitting in front of your
monitor forever.

Two things happen when you try to burn mixed owner files to a CD.  The
first is _you_ end up owning them (instead of root); the second is
*everything* becomes read-only.  If you tar everything you want and burn
the tar file(s) you can keep ownership and permissions.

You might want to consider putting things on a [reusable] flash drive.
Just a thought.

On Thu, 2010-11-18 at 10:45 -0500, William Case wrote:
> I started out to do something I though should be fairly easy but I have
> been at it all evening.
> I am trying to burn some data files to DVD as a backup.  Here is the
> problem as far as I can tell.  Brasero from root won't burn the files
> directly but wants to turn them into an .iso.
> Details:
> I have a backup partition on which I keep my personal backups as well as
> files and directories owned by root such as /etc.  I was getting ready
> to upgrade to Fedora 14.  I decided that there was only some of my
> backup files I wanted to further back up to a DVD disk. The total size
> fits on one disk. Brasero will back up personal files but won't back up
> root's files.  If I su or sudo brasero and try it from there, brasero
> wants to create /root/brasero.iso.  Same happens with the CD/DVD
> Creator.
> The manual is silent on why root and user files won't mix or on how to
> burn root files.  Plus several annoying things happen with unwanted
> programs popping up when using brasero and inserting discs.
> I have received the suggestion that I tar the files first.  I will do if
> there are no other suggestions.  If this post seems like a repeat, it
> is, but I corrected the Subject: in the hope of getting more reads.
> -- 
> Regards Bill
> Fedora 14, Gnome 2.32
> Evo.2.32, Emacs 23.2.1

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