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Terminal command hdiutil convert. Where is output file?

7528 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2011 11:51 AM by Dean RSS
Dean Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jan 10, 2011 2:27 PM
I'm trying to use terminal to convert an ISO file to an IMG file. The conversion appears to run but I cannot find the output file.
The command I'm using is;

hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o /convert/newfile/output.img /convert/source.iso

I assume the output.img file should be in the /convert/newfile/ directory.
Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,695 points)
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:15 PM (in response to Dean)
    If you're within the realm of what Spotlight indexes, then:

    $ mdfind -name source
    $ mdfind "kMDItemFSName == 'source'c"

    The first is a name search, the second is (also) a name search, and that trailing C is the case-blind switch.

    And when in doubt, get out the Big (slow) Hammer and go look for it everywhere:

    $ sudo find / -iname source -print


    And FWIW, I'd tend to use the construction shown in the man page:

    $ hdiutil convert source.type -format UDRW -o destination.type


    And have a look at the -verbose or -debug switches on the hdiutil command, to get more details.
  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,695 points)
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    Jan 10, 2011 4:47 PM (in response to Dean)
    Whatever you're trying to convert doesn't have a recognized format.

    There are about a gazillion different things lumped together and called an "ISO", so that's not a huge surprise.

    It's not obvious what format that WRDU might be after some concerted searching, and given how spam-filled and increasingly useless Google is getting. What do you think that disk image is?
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,390 points)
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    Jan 10, 2011 4:54 PM (in response to Dean)
    The arguments are in the wrong order. Also, you probably should be using relative paths; e.g.,
    hdiutil convert source.iso -format UDRW -o output
    Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,695 points)
    It's a small install of linux for a PPC. About 100megs insize. Was trying to see if i could create an install on a FW or USB drive


    FWIW, I've used [dd and diskutil|http://labs.hoffmanlabs.com/node/1213] for something similar; for getting Linux and BSD and firewall disk images over onto CF cards and other removable media, for use with embedded devices.

    (This was intended to be a reply to the OP.)

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