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Testing backup DVDs without video and audio

After creating a whole host of backup DVDs, you might be faced with a dilema; how to verify that each disk was burned properly. Backups aren't backups until they are tested!

However, verifying even a small DVD collection could take days of watching DVDs manually. Luckily, there is a much simpler way with VLC's command-line interface:

cvlc "dvd:///dev/sr0" --rate 4 --no-audio --no-video --play-and-exit

Here's a breakdown of the command, for those interested in mixing and matching.

The result is a few lines of text as output; so that you can verify that playback was successful, without a movie distracting you in the background.

Tags: linux terminal

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