burneronfire – BurnerOnFire documentation

Author:Domen Kožar <domenNO@SPAMdev.si>
Graphic Design:Peter Čuhalev <peterNO@SPAMyukaii.com>
Idea & Mentoring:
 Jožko Škrablin <daedalusNO@SPAMkiberpipa.org>
Bug tracker:bitbucket.org - issues
Platform:Unix-like systems


BurnerOnFire is multi-threaded program that can write same content (iso files for now) to multiple CD/DVD burners simultaneously. It is developed and tested only on Debian for now.

It uses D-Bus/HAL specification to interact with hardware. It spawns subprocesses that wrap around command line program Wodim. BurnerOnFire has both CLI and GUI(GTK+) interfaces.

This project was initially developed for Club K4 by kiberpipa.org folks.


BurnerOnFire passes arguments forward to Wodim, eg.: burneronfire -- -dummy simulates writing.


First of all, you need to install python dbus bindings and python GTK2 bindings, on Ubuntu:

$ sudo aptitude install python-gtk2
$ sudo aptitude install python-dbus

You are almost finished, run:

$ wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/s/setuptools/setuptools-0.6c9.tar.gz#md5=3864c01d9c719c8924c455714492295e
$ tar xf setuptools-0.6c9.tar.gz
$ cd setuptools-0.6c9
$ sudo python setup.py install
$ sudo easy_install burneronfire
$ burneronfire


  • BurnerOnFire lets Wodim handle everything concerned about burning.
  • BurnerOnFire will save logs to current directory (currently all output from burners is logged).
  • For debugging logging level, BOF_DEBUG environment variable is checked against value of 1.
  • If –limit or -l parameter is passed, BurnerOnFire will try it’s best to burn only specified number of discs. If burner will fail, it will wait for another empty disc to be inserted.
  • Write speeds are detected from all blank discs in burners. Flowchart for detecting write speeds can be found here.


  • run with sudo to be able to lock memory
  • run with sudo / make sure user is in cdrom group to be able to eject / close tray.


If you receive “Operation not permitted”, it means that current user does not have permissions to lock memory. This does not affect functionality of burning. To avoid such troubles, run BurnerOnFire with sudo.

Command line interface

If BurnerOnFire is invoked with --filename or -f parameter, CLI interface is used:

$ burneronfire --help
Usage: burneronfire -s [write speed] -f [filename/path to filename] -m [burnmode]

        If no filename is given, GUI will start.

        -h, --help                         show this help message and exit
        -f FILENAME, --filename=FILENAME   specify which file to burn
        -s BURNSPEED, --speed=BURNSPEED    specify burning speed (default is 16)
        -m BURNMODE, --mode=BURNMODE       provide write mode (defaults to DAO)
        -l LIMIT, --limit=LIMIT            number of discs to burn (defaults to 0, which means unlimited)

Logging is used while burning, stdout/stderr are written to files in current directory:

$ burneronfire -f test.iso
2009-07-25 13:40:41,717 - INFO: Starting!
2009-07-25 13:40:55,378 - INFO: Empty disc inserted in burner DVDRAM GSA-T50L
2009-07-25 13:40:55,378 - INFO: Burning... wodim driveropts=burnfree dev=/dev/sr0 fs=14M -eject -overburn -v -dao speed=16 test.iso
2009-07-25 13:41:42,783 - ERROR: wodim: Operation not permitted. Warning: Cannot raise RLIMIT_MEMLOCK limits.scsidev: '/dev/sr0'
devname: '/dev/sr0'
scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2
Linux sg driver version: 3.5.27
Wodim version: 1.1.9
SCSI buffer size: 64512
Beginning DMA speed test. Set CDR_NODMATEST environment variable if device
communication breaks or freezes immediately after that.
Speed set to 2822 KB/s
wodim: fifo had 1 puts and 1 gets.
wodim: fifo was 0 times empty and 0 times full, min fill was 100%.

Graphical interface



  • Implement mode to burn great amount of ISO’s from a directory.

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