Lightscribe in Ubuntu 13.04

I recently had to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.04 as part of a recovery of my operating system (made a wildcard boo-boo while sudo…)

But the upgrade broke the ability to use Lightscribe. I eventually got the latest HP software installed and the LaCie gui installed, but the LaCie program didn’t see the DVD drive, even though the drive worked fine for other programs.

A user named shizeon on the Ubuntu forums found out that one of the libraries ( is installed by default in, you guessed it, A NEW LOCATION!!! Where have I heard that recently? Stuff breaks when you change from where existing programs look by default… Anyway, here is a link to his posting and solution:

The two magic changes are to remove the library from the i386-linux-gnu location, and create a symbolic link to the location in the /usr/lib/lightscribe/ location

cd /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu

/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu$ sudo rm /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/

/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/lightscribe/ /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/

(Careful…long code wraps on this page)

Or make a script out of the above. Remember to make the script executable (right click, Properties, Permissions, check box next to Execute):


sudo rm \/usr\/lib\/i386-linux-gnu\/

sudo ln -s \/usr\/lib\/lightscribe\/ \/usr\/lib\/i386-linux-gnu\/

Now the LaCie 4L-gui sees my drive and I’m back in business! (Note: Rebooting seems to kill the link and I had to do it over again, even though the link was present)


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