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Old 25th January 2019
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Default vobcopy for OpenBSD?

On Linux I'd use vobcopy to backup my favorite personal (paid-for) DVDs to my harddrive. Vobcopy is the best tool I've found for this task. I was somewhat surprised when I couldn't find vobcopy in OpenBSD's ports collection or repository. Also, pkglocate(1) and pkg_info(1) are giving me zero hits.

So a port of vobcopy for OpenBSD does not exist? If that's right, is there a similar tool available?

Thanks,
Bruno

EDIT: I found dvdbackup, dvdcpy, and dvdrip in ports/repository. A nice thing that vobcopy does is decrypt the backup if libdvdcss is installed. Do you know if any of these three alternatives do that? I will investigate further.

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I downloaded the packages of the three possible alternatives I mentioned, and read their documentation.

dvdrip is a GUI application, which is not what I'm looking for.

dvdcpy says it is for copying "selected data" from DVD, which is not what I'm looking for.

dvdbackup seems the most promising. I will install it and give it a try.

If any reader is familiar with a command-line tool that can be used to create an unencrypted image (.iso) of a DVD9 for backup, please let me know. Meanwhile, I'll give dvdbackup a try and will post result here later.
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Assuming you mean this thing:
https://github.com/barak/vobcopy

It will compile just fine with one small tweak:
In vobcopy.h, change line 105 from this
Code:
#if defined(__FreeBSD__)
to this
Code:
#if defined(__FreeBSD__) || defined(__OpenBSD__)
and type make.
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Old 25th January 2019
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Thank you, ibara. With that small edit I was able to compile it and it seems to work. Problem solved!
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Old 26th January 2019
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I can confirm that dvdbackup with the -M flag does the same exact thing as vobcopy: It creates a DVD directory structure on harddrive, decrypts files from DVD, copies the decrypted DVD files to harddrive.

dvdbackup does not come with a man page, but usage information can be found here:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...#The_whole_DVD
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Old 27th January 2019
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I've used the two interchangeably on Linux for many years. I have a page, begun several years ago, when DVDs were more common, that mentions both of them. (Though these days, I find myself dealing a lot more with media files rather than DVDs, and much of the DVD information is out of date. I'll spam it here, anyway.

http://srobb.net/dvds.html
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Old 28th January 2019
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I've used the two interchangeably on Linux for many years.
Thanks for confirming!

Also, your how-to is wonderful. It is very practical and goal-directed, a nice complement to this FAQ (which provides extensive information about DVD's history and technical details, without any practical examples of how to do things in UNIX et al.):
http://www.dvddemystified.com/dvdfaq.html

While on the topic of DVDs: I had also largely moved away from discs to media files, until the need for archiving family photos and videos came along. With so many new formats all the time, it is hard to predict what will still be around when my children and grandchildren are adults. I figured whatever other shiny new technologies may come around, people should be able to get their hands on a DVD player well into the future.

I'm going to spam my own thread with a plug for M-DISC (I have no association with the makers in any way, am just impressed by the technology). Coupled with the relative ease of finding a DVD player, it made DVD discs a very attractive choice for archiving:
http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/...sc-review.html
https://www.zdnet.com/article/tortur...1000-year-dvd/

But now we are way off-topic

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