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UDFclient is a userland implementation of the UDF filingsystem as defined
by the OSTA group. UDFclient is designed to
be a study platform and a run-up to a full read and write kernel level
UDFclient basicly provides a userinterface not unlike ftp(1) but differs in
that it allways fetches or writes files recursively from the disc(s). As from
version 0.4.9 it supports the basic get, mget, put, mput, mv, rm, mkdir,
cd, lcd, free, pwd, lls command set. get and put can now
also retrieve or store using different names than the origional.
NOTE work has started on the in-kenel version for NetBSD and is
progressing well. This delays the development of UDFclient but important fixes
have been backported into UDFclient allready. The kernel version is a new
implemenation from scratch and could become UDFclient 2.x one day. Its
currently imported in the NetBSD-current tree. UPDATE Its now running
smoothly reading and writing all media upto version 2.01 and some support for
writing 2.50 (non extendable metadata partition yet).
- NetBSD. UDFclient was developed on
NetBSD and is running fine under both little endian and big endian machines.
Actively tested on NetBSD/alpha, NetBSD/acorn32 (arm), NetBSD/sparc,
NetBSD/pmax (mips). Tested are ATAPI CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+RW and on SCSI CD-ROM
and CD-RW (might give problems; not tested recently).
- Linux. It runs fine under GNU/Linux and
RedHat Linux. Like NetBSD it ought to work fine under both ATAPI and SCSI
CD-ROM's when using the /dev/sg* devices. Note that under Linux 2.6.x ATAPI
devices are read-only due to unresolved issues in the Linux ATAPI emulation
blockdriver. update There seems to be a new resolved method for 2.6.x
wich will be investigated and implemented soon i hope. Feedback on this would
be much appreciated.
- FreeBSD. New in version 0.3.2 on is
support for ATAPI/SCSI trough FreeBSD's CAM interface. Note that you'll need a
fairly recent FreeBSD to be able to access ATAPI CD/DVD drives trough CAM
since it was imported not long ago. Thanks to Andriy Gapon for the patch!
- DragonFly BSD. Although the pkgsrc system already had a patch for it in
it, this patch is finally taken into version 0.5.5.
- OpenBSD. New in version 0.3.4 on is
support for ATAPI/SCSI trough OpenBSD SCSI/ATAPI stack thats remarkable
similar to NetBSD's though at small issues different. Thanks to Pedro
Martelletto for the patch!
- UDFclient.x.x : (planning/in progress/delayed) Finally writing to
recordable media (CD-R/DVD+R/DVD-R) etc. ! Preferably combined with a first
- UDFclient.0.8.6 :
Minor release fixing compilation on systems that have undetected or
unsupported SCSI support.
- UDFclient.0.8.5 :
Minor release fixing some bugs that had crept in, enhancing cd_disect a bit by
printing out previously obmitted bits and finally and fixing compilation
warnings given by gcc5 in Linux
- UDFclient.0.8.1 :
Fix spelling mistakes! Thanks Pali!
- UDFclient.0.8 : Fix
metadata distribution issue to be calculated on the disc size rather than on a
fixed length. Also fix 32 bit issues. It can now create discs bigger than one
- UDFclient.0.7.7 :
Fix distribution error in 0.7.6 : some parts are not ready for release (yet).
While here also fix a warning on a debug print format.
- UDFclient.0.7.6 : After some time being dormant, this new release fixes a
small standing bug in newfs_udf regarding the volume set identifier
- UDFclient.0.7.5 :
After some time being dormant, this new release fixes a lot of small standing
bugs and a serious bugfix that prevented it to read Microsoft formatted UDF
2.50 and UDF 2.60 discs. Also, logical volume integrity checking is now fixed,
directory handling has been made more robust and UDF 2.50 and UDF 2.60 are now
correctly signaled as read-only and won't try to corrupt a disc anymore.
cd_disect has been enhanced and extended to also support BluRay
- UDFclient.0.7.1 :
Fix Linux compilation issues.
- UDFclient.0.7.0 :
Enhance UDFclient with ideas and features from my NetBSD kernel implementation
enhancing directory operations and fixing potential lockups on 512
bytes/sector media, repaired NetBSD harddisc support and fixed a few
compilation warnings when compiled with '-Wextra' revealing some possible
bugs. Enhanced cd_disect to display some more disc types. Also included
some patches to fix possible buffer screwups; thanks Andrey!
- UDFclient.0.6.3 :
Implemented byteswapping option to allow udfclient to read and write
PVR harddiscs who appear to be byteswapped for some reason (copy protection?).
Also improved udfdump dumping making it handle big free space maps and
allocation extensions and making cd_disect ATAPI happy again.
- UDFclient.0.6.2 :
lots of enhancements to cd_discect; now also reporting not only the TOC
and the PMA, but also the ATIP. In this ATIP there is information on the CD-RW
subtype wich is crucial to check if the disc can be written by the drive. Also
fixing up yet another regression found on some DVD-R/CD-RW drives fixing
newfs_udf and udfclient writing on those drives. Complete
harddisc/flash support on Linux apeared to be broken and should be
- UDFclient.0.6.1 :
fix up yet another regression found on modern CD-RW drives when dealing with
CD-MRW media. It would report them as sequential.
- UDFclient.0.6.0 :
fix regressions found in newer DVD/CD combi drives that report bogus values
for CD-RW media and fix 2G+ file write problems on some platforms. This fixes
hese drives inability to newfs a CD-RW with newfs_udf and writing
problems with udfclient on CD-RW media.
- UDFclient.0.5.8 :
fixes a nasty locking assertion error, improves error handling on mounting
multi-session discs and fix a small printing error in cd_discect for
- UDFclient.0.5.7 :
fix for Microsoft Vista formatted media that has a perculiar partition
numbering scheme that confused UDFclient. Also minor cosmetic changes to make
it less dependent on gcc's C extensions.
- UDFclient.0.5.6 :
important fixes in VAT searching on CD-R/DVD*R allowing more discs to be read.
Also better dumping of TOC's in cd_discect and sequential dumping of
files using a different sectorsize than the media allowing disc images of CD's
to be dumped.
- UDFclient.0.5.5 :
Support for reading UDF 2.50/2.60 media! This also adds support for all
HDDVD and BluRay media! Also small but important fixes have been made on
cd_disect for ATAPI drives; these could give up in the process.
: Fix small but important bug that crept into the 0.5.4 releasing !
- UDFclient.0.5.4 :
New in this release is support for harddisc partitions on NetBSD, OpenBSD and
Linux. Have to figure out FreeBSD still. Tips welcome! Also new is support for
USB sticks! As usual small bugs here and there are fixed.
- UDFclient.0.5.3 :
recommended upgrade that fixes some nitty-gritty standards compliance issues
and a better recordable/VAT search algorithm parameters.
- UDFclient.0.5.2 :
recommended upgrade that fixes memory corruption bugs and obscure deadlocks
making it a lot more robust. Functional identical to release 0.5.1.
- UDFclient.0.5.1 :
recommended upgrade that also fixes a lot of small bugs. New in this release
are the preservation of attribute times and ownership of files and directories
and an important fix to filesize related issues making it more robust. Some
important SCSI/ATAPI fixes have been made that greatly increase drive
- UDFclient.0.5 :
featuring a SCSI layer rewrite, CD-MRW and DVD+MRW support, new scsi/atapi
format utility, more support for customer DVD (video) recorder DVDs and lots
of bug fixes. Please do test this version and report strange behaviour
0.4.9 didn't show and report any problems!
- UDFclient.0.4.9 :
recommended upgrade since it fixes lots of interchange issues and is now fully
read & write compatible with Roxio's DirectCD/Drag2Disc! See the tips and trics for more details. It also adds the
modified get and put functionality as well as the new
mget and mput commands. In the run-up for 0.50's recordable
support i've taken the opportunity to clean up loose ends and long standing
small issues like the rm printing bug. Support has also been created
for non 2048 bytes media such as harddiscs and files. Note: UDFclient
will automatically set its sectorsize to the media used, so you have to use
the new -b 2048 to be able to read and write files used for testing and
- UDFclient.0.4.5 :
serious cleanup and bugfix release fixing serious `mkdir' brokenness and
introducing a more decent logical volume open/close behaviour with coupled
logical volume integrity sequence support that was lacking. Discs opened
read-only are now really read-only; one could delete files from a read-only
disc that could result in broken discs.
- UDFclient.0.4 : major
upgrade to the 0.3 series due to a structural rebuild of main engine based on
insights gained from developing version 0.3. Pitty enough still no recordable
media write support (sorry folks...). Significant speed improvements
have been made in both reading and writing heaps of little files. Offcource
also heaps of bug fixes. Work has also started on an in-kernel implementation
though i decided to get UDFclient fully functional first. New in this version
is support for non 2048 byte media using the -b flag, new `rename' and
`free' commands in udfclient and a fixed and hopefully full working `rm'
command. Warning some flags have been changed meaning so check your
- UDFclient.0.3.5 :
patch release fixing a serious memory leak.
- UDFclient.0.3.4 :
small patch release; support for OpenBSD and some small bug fixes.
- UDFclient.0.3.3 :
patch release fixing SCSI/ATAPI issue's, `rm' lockup and various small
bugfixes. Recommended to use this one over version 0.3.2.
- UDFclient.0.3.2 : a
patch release consisting of various bugfixes, a proper configure script to
ease compiling on various systems, FreeBSD CAM support, cdrw_format tool and
finally access rights preservation. Ownership of files is recorded but is not
restored yet since i first want to check security hazzards induced by
- UDFclient.0.3 :
expirimental writing support to files and CD-RW/DVD+RW !!. Reads
CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD+RW/(DVD-R?)/(DVD-RW?) UDF versions 1.02, 1.50, and 2.01.
Accompanied is a udf-volume formatter `newfs_udf' that creates a filingsystem
on a formatted media or file. NOTE: use `-W' flag to enable writing in
`udfclient' itself and use `-d2' in `newfs_udf' to force a filingsystem
compatible upto 1.50.
- UDFclient.0.2 : major
sanitising release fixing various compatibility issues and important file
reading fixes. Regretfully UDFv2.50 is temporary disabled but no discs are
known to be formatted by this standard yet.
- UDFclient.0.1p2 :
patch release fixing compilation errors on newer NetBSD-current systems and
providing Linux users with mode sense information when SCSI errors
- UDFclient-ro1-p1 :
patch release fixing a compilation error on some 32 bit architectures.
- UDFclient-ro1 : first
release featuring read-only access to ATAPI/SCSI discs and image files.
Bugs and problem reporting
No obvious problems or bugs are known; it can read corrupted discs but it
might fail at times.
Update DirectCD/Drag2Disc will now read and write discs formatted with UDFclient
fine! Older DirectCD/Drag2Disc versions might only accept media formatted with
the -2 option.
Feedback is much apreciated also when its running fine!; please do mail me
about any failure of disc reading with a small report to email@example.com consisting of the
following points (replace "/dev/cdrom" by the device or file you used):
Tips and tricks
Resqueing files and directories from unreadable, incomplete or
broken recordables can be done by using the -r flag. By using the
cd_sessions command you can see the number of CD/DVD sessions the disc
has and specify wich session(s) you would like to give a try. These can be
seen as older snapshots of the disc.
Roxio DirectCD/Drag2Disc interoperatibility. Newer DirectCD/Drag2Disc versions
that support UDF version 2.00 and higher will happily read and write media
created by UDFclient and vice versa. Older versions might only be able to read
and write UDFclient discs created with the -2 flag that forces it to
use older descriptors.
Important for DirectCD/Drag2Disc is to select in the advanced eject
settings of DirectCD/Drag2Disc the option "use UDF version used on current
disc". It will otherwise try to use a mechanism that is breaking certain UDF
rules in order to try to be more compatible with older customer
TinyUDF interoperatibility. TinyUDF is known to be in certain appliances
and its discs can be read in fine.
UDFClient TODO list after 0.5 release :
- if possible, write support for recordable media (CD-R, DVD+/-R).
- userID, groupID restoration; its recorded now but not restored back.
- not only looking for errors but also repairing them : fsck_udf
- write support for metadata partitions in UDF 2.50/2.60