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HP-UX dvd+rw-tools

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The HP-UX dvd+rw-tools product enables you to create your own DVD+R/+RW media, and is the equivalent of the cdrecord product for CD-R/RW media. TThis product is available for HP-UX 11i v1 (B.11.11) and 11i v2 (B.11.23) using HP DVD+RW drives only.

The HP-UX dvd+rw-tools product is available free of charge to HP customers. It is composed of the following applications:

  • growisofs
  • dvd+rw-format
  • dvd+rw-mediainfo
  • dvd+rw-booktype

The HP-UX dvd+rw-tools have a dependency on the mkisofs command, which is the key utility used to create an ISO9660 format image that can then be written. Conversely, the growisofs command is the key utility used to write an ISO9660 format image to DVD+R/+RW media. For more information, see mkisofs (8) and growisofs (1).

Intended Use

The HP-UX dvd+rw-tools product is directed primarily at data storage and exchange via DVD+R/+RW media.

Software License and Support

These applications are provided at no cost under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), The source code is delivered with the applications and documentation. The applications have been tested to confirm basic functionality, but not all features or capabilities have been verified to be functional on HP-UX. Support is available through informal means such as the open source community or online forums.


June 2005: The download has been updated to include a copy of a newer mkisofs which supports larger than 2GB images, but less than 4GB.

The HP-UX 11i (11.11 - PA) version of this product installs on 11.11 PA and 11.23 PA-RISC systems.

The HP-UX 11i V2 (11.23 - PA/Itanium(R)-based) version of this product installs on 11.23 Intel(R) Itanium(R)-based systems only.

Problem Workaround

In certain configurations, use of dvd+rw-tools on HP-UX can result in being "unable to mount" the device file. A workaround for this problem is addressed in the online documentation included with the software.

More information on dvd+rw-tools can be found at:

Date: 6/1/2005

Additional product information
Version: June 2005
Software specification: HP-UX 11i v1(11.11 - PA/Itanium(R)-based)
HP-UX 11i v2 (11.23 - Itanium(R)-based)