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. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LightScribe

A user named shizeon on the Ubuntu forums found out that one of the libraries (libstdc++.so.5) 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:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147964

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/libstdc++.so.5

/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/lightscribe/libstdc++.so.5.0.7 /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.5

(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):


#!/bin/sh

sudo rm \/usr\/lib\/i386-linux-gnu\/libstdc++.so.5

sudo ln -s \/usr\/lib\/lightscribe\/libstdc++.so.5.0.7 \/usr\/lib\/i386-linux-gnu\/libstdc++.so.5

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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