Re: mounting cdrom
In looking at your problem there could be several things going on.
the way that your /etc/fstab is set up ONLY ROOT can mount the cdrom.
this is what you want that is fine. Secondly when mounting a file
there can be no user in the mount point directory. Ie if root attempted
to mount /cdrom and on another tty some attempted to check the /cdrom
directory, or cd /cdrom the system will return the error message that
I know for I have done it myself having a cursor in /cdrom and
mount the cdrom.
Also if your system is a home system, or a very small lan, you could
make your fstab read:
/dev/hdb /cdrom iso9660 ro,noauto,user
which will allow all users on the system to mount a cdrom without having
I hope that this has helped
> When I installed debian the base system from cdrom I was asked the name of
> the block device. It would not accept cd or cdrom, so I tried hdb. This
> worked and the install proceded without incident. This may have caused a
> Now I am having trouble mounting the cdrom. Below is my fstab including
> the various changes I tried. Below that is a list of the command line
> mounts I tried and the message returned
> # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
> # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
> /dev/hda2 / ext2 defaults 0 1
> /dev/hda3 none swap sw 0 0
> proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
> /dev/hda5 /usr ext2 defaults 0 2
> /dev/hda6 /var ext2 defaults 0 2
> /dev/hda7 /home ext2 defaults 0 2
> /dev/hdb /cdrom iso9660 ro,noauto 0 0
> on the last entry I also tried /dev/cdrom and /dev/sbpcd
> These all return message, after typing mount (hdb, cdrom, sbpcd) at a
> "mount can't find * in /etc/mtab or /etc/fstab.
> Trying to mount from a command line produced the same results, but a
> different message.
> "mount -t iso9660 -r /dev/hdb /cdrom " produces
> mount: /dev/hdb already mounted or /cdrom busy I also tried it for
> cdrom and sbpcd. In all these cases nothing ever appears in /cdrom.
> What am I doing wrong and how can I fix it?
> ps. Yes, there is a cd in the drive
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