Mac OS X Tiger has a neat new feature for burning CD's: from the Finder's file menu, you choose New Burn Folder, and then drag whatever you want to burn into that new folder. Open the folder, and you'll notice a "Burn" button just above the files. Pop a blank CD in and click that to burn the files to CD.
Unfortunately, the result is only valid on a Mac - you can't read it on
a Windows or Linux machine, and there's no apparent way to make it work.
This has changed with Leopard. The default for Burn folders now creates a hybrid image.
There is a command line method to create what Apple calls a "hybrid" image:
hdiutil makehybrid -iso -o ~/newfile ~/pathtoyourfolder
That creates a file that diskutil can burn or you can just burn it yourself:
It may not be obvious that if you wanted to copy a Windows cd (make duplicates) then your ~/pathtoyourfolder would be where the Windows CD gets mounted after inserting it: /Volumes/WindowsCD for example. After making the hybrid image, you'd eject the CD, insert a blank, and proceed.
hdiutil burn ~/newfile.iso
Note that you specified "newfile" but it created "newfile.iso" so that's what you need to burn. The cd created will be readable on a Windows or Linux machine (or any OS that can read ISO9660 disks). Make as many copies as you like..
hdiutil has many options; it's worth taking a look at the man page.
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