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Date:	Tue, 14 Nov 2006 14:49:14 -0500
From:	Phillip Susi <>
Subject: [PATCH] Update udf documentation to reflect current state of read/write support

This patch changes Documentation/filesystems/udf.txt from saying that
read/write mounts on cd media are not supported to instead state the
current level of support.  Specifically that it works fine on dvd+rw
media and can be made to work on cd-rw media via the pktcdvd device.
 Documentation/filesystems/udf.txt |   13 +++++++++++--
 1 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/udf.txt b/Documentation/filesystems/udf.txt
index 511b423..ed4ad3f 100644
--- a/Documentation/filesystems/udf.txt
+++ b/Documentation/filesystems/udf.txt
@@ -7,8 +7,17 @@ If you encounter problems with reading U
 please report them to, which is the
 developer's list.
-Write support requires a block driver which supports writing. The current
-scsi and ide cdrom drivers do not support writing.
+Write support requires a block driver which supports writing.  Currently
+dvd+rw drives and media support true random sector writes, and so a udf
+filesystem on such devices can be directly mounted read/write.  CD-RW
+media however, does not support this.  Instead the media can be formatted
+for packet mode using the utility cdrwtool, then the pktcdvd driver can
+be bound to the underlying cd device to provide the required buffering
+and read-modify-write cycles to allow the filesystem random sector writes
+while providing the hardware with only full packet writes.  While not
+required for dvd+rw media, use of the pktcdvd driver often enhances
+performance due to very poor read-modify-write support supplied internally
+by drive firmware.  
 The following mount options are supported:

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