DVD Shrink on Linux -- Fedora Core 5

If you are using Widows only to back-up your DVD videos... there is good news. You can install DVD Shrink on Linux using wine and do the same.

I have outlined the steps taken to do so on FC5:

  1. Use yum to install wine if you don't have it installed already:
    # yum --enablerepo=extras install wine
  2. Configure wine as a user:
    $ winecfg

    Select "Applications -> Windows Version -> Windows XP"

    This is the tricky part, as FC5 mounts the DVD automatically with the title of the DVD instead of using the same mount point, so you will need to map the drive manually each time for a different DVD.

    • Insert DVD Video.
    • Go to the Drives tab of the "Wine Configuration" window.
    • Click on the "Add" button and "Browse" to the mounted DVD in the "/media" path.
    • Click on "OK" button at the bottom once finished.
    • When listing the contents of the "dosdevices" you should see something like below:
        $ ls -l ~/.wine/dosdevices
        lrwxrwxrwx 1 sandip sandip 10 Jun  8 22:58 c: -> ../drive_c
        lrwxrwxrwx 1 sandip sandip 17 Jun  8 23:06 d: -> /media/DVD_VIDEO/
        lrwxrwxrwx 1 sandip sandip  1 Jun  8 22:58 z: -> /

      You could also manually create a symlink instead:

        $ ln -s /media/DVD_VIDEO ~/.wine/dosdevices/d:  
  3. Download and install DVD Shrink.
    $ wget http://linuxweblog.com/downloads/packages/dvdshrink/dvdshrink32setup.zip
    $ unzip dvdshrink32setup.zip
    $ wine dvdshrink32setup.exe
  4. Launch and configure DVD Shrink Preferences as below:
    $ wine 'C:\Program Files\DVD Shrink\DVD Shrink 3.2.exe'
    • Select "Edit -> Preferences..."
    • Disable audio and video preview.
    • Disable burining with nero.
    • Click on "OK" once finished.
  5. Create ISO with DVDShrink and write the ISO to your DVD using cdrecord or Nautilus CD/DVD creator.
    Check out mrbrass.org for help with using DVD Shrink.

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Works perfectly on Ubuntu Dapper too...

The above instructions work perfectly on Ubuntu Dapper too.

Install wine with aptitude:

# aptitude install wine