How To Burn LightScribe Labels on Latest Versions of Ubuntu (x86 and x64)

I own a bunch of LightScribe-compatible disk burners, and I always buy LightScribe media because I don’t like handwritten labels. LightScribe-labeled disks look better, maybe more professional, even when it’s just a CD with pirated music.

If you are like me, you might have probably noticed that lately everything seems trying to make us not want to use this awesome technology on Ubuntu. The official LightScribe website is unmaintained/has been hacked, so the LightScribe System Software and the LightScribe Simple Labeler can’t be downloaded; the mirrors that used to host the Debian packages for the LaCie 4L Labeler app are down as well;  even those users who are brave enough to download the RPM from LaCie’s and use alien to debianize it might have noticed that a Segmentation fault makes our beloved app crash.

However, you don’t have to worry any more! I’ve got a solution here for everybody!

LightScribe Brand Utilities

As I said, the official LightScribe website is offline, but you’re lucky: there is a mirror! Head over to Pawtec and grab the Debian packages for the LightScribe System Software and, if you want, the LightScribe Simple Labeler (note: in that page you’ll also find the aforementioned software for Windows and Mac).

 Get them here

LaCie 4L LightScribe Labeler

This one was harder to get going: I had to manually convert the RPM package to DEB. I also had to write a wrapper for one of the utilities it includes to avoid the segmentation fault. As a result we now have a multi-arch package that should work on most versions of Ubuntu and Debian. Personally I’ve only tested it on Ubuntu 15.04 and 14.10, both 32-bit and 64-bit. Let me know in the comments below if you have any issues. Download the package from the link below and install it.

Get LaCie 4L

You will find the Lacie 4L LightScribe Labeler in your application menu, no further actions are needed 😉

Note: I have written none of these programs (except for the 4L-cli wrapper that avoid the segmentation fault, which is just a shell script anyways). They all are trademarks of their respective owners. You currently can’t view the end-user license agreement for the LightScribe brand software as their website is down, but you can visit LaCie’s website. Make sure you read their license agreement.

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15 Replies to “How To Burn LightScribe Labels on Latest Versions of Ubuntu (x86 and x64)”

  1. Cool.
    I have a problem, can’t get dependencies atisfied for Simple Labeler neither LaCie’s 4L.
    I’m on Kubuntu 15.04 (64bit).
    The System Software installed without any problem.

    1. I can’t help you if you don’t tell me exactly what dependencies aren’t satisfied. Please attach dpkg‘s output (use a pastebin!!!) and I’ll try to help you.

      P.S.: did you run sudo apt-get -f install after installing the package? Missing dependencies will be fixed in a way or another.

  2. My 4L-gui refuses to burn ‘printing requires root privileges.’ I’ve tried sudo, gksudo, kdesudo, sudo su. Nothing is passing root privilege to the process?

    1. Hi Dafe,
      thanks for reporting your issue. I’m currently on Christmas vacation and I didn’t bring my computer with; however I’ll work on it as soon as I get back (first days of January).
      In the meantime, let me know the output of “4L-cli enumerate”, “sudo 4L-cli enumerate” and “ls -l $(which 4L-cli)”.

      1. Happy holidays unto thee David! Here is the output of the commands you described. Is it real bad?

        :4L-cli enumerate
        Drive path: /dev/sr0
        Usable: 1
        Full name: ATAPI iHAS424 B GL1A 224
        Model: iHAS424 B
        Manufacturer: ATAPI
        Capabilities: monochrome
        Drive inner radius: 21700
        Drive outer radius: 58700

        :sudo 4L-cli enumerate
        – same as above –

        :ls -ls
        total 500
        – removed by admin for privacy reasons –

        1. sorry! this is the ls -l your’re probably looking for:

          lrwxrwxrwx 1 dafe dafe 26 May 1 2015 4L-cli -> ../share/4L/4L-cli-wrapper
          lrwxrwxrwx 1 dafe dafe 18 May 1 2015 4L-gui -> ../share/4L/4L-gui

          1. total 6.2M
            -rwsr-xr-x 1 dafe dafe 60K Aug 10 2006 4L-cli
            -rwxr-xr-x 1 root dafe 237 May 1 2015 4L-cli-wrapper
            -rwxr-xr-x 1 root dafe 6.1M Aug 10 2006 4L-gui
            drwxr-xr-x 2 dafe dafe 4.0K Dec 21 15:48 doc
            -rwxr-xr-x 1 dafe dafe 2.6K Aug 10 2006
            drwxr-xr-x 2 dafe dafe 4.0K Dec 21 15:48 templates
            drwxr-xr-x 2 dafe dafe 4.0K Dec 21 15:48 translations

          2. Hi dafe, sorry for the delay. I’m not sure why this is happening. I’m still not able to reproduce the issue as I can’t find the LightScribe burner. However you can try running “sudo /usr/share/4L/4L-cli enumerate” and see if it still complains for missing root permissions. As your output shows, the executable has the user ID set, which means that whoever runs it, it will be run as root without asking for password. Try and see what happens.

          3. Hello dafe,
            I just tested the program again and I’m getting the same issue. I think it’s due to some changes in Ubuntu’s default libraries. I’m not sure how to solve it, but I will let you know if I find a solution.

  3. Same problem here (even when runnig as root!):

    Sulaco ~ # 4L-cli print -q best -s fit_auto -m full /dev/sr0 /tmp/cover.jpg
    Using /etc/lightscribe.rc
    Error 4L_0x4: This operation requires root privileges

  4. Hello,

    first I would like to thank you for this tutorial. I just installed the new Ubuntu version and wanted to install the lightscribe tools. On my old ubuntu I used the QT lightsribe but now there is a dependency problem. I wanted to use the 4L LaCie tool but the link on your website is broken. Could you upload it again?

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello Frédéric,
      thanks for bringing the issue to my attention. I’ll be working with my hosting provider to solve the issue. In the meantime, you can download LightScribe-brand utilities from here and LaCie 4L from here. Beware that some users reported some library issues with 4L on latest Ubuntu versions, which I haven’t been able to address (I sadly ended up giving up and burning it on Windows). LightScribe utilities should work fine.

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