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RE: Can't read my cdrom...

You were correct to assume I'm a complete newbie.  However, in my
tinkerings I did actually try what you suggested.  I got a mount point
does not exist problem.  I didn't then go the extra logical step of just
creating a directory at that point and then retrying the same command.
Trying that fixed the problem.  

As a newbie, I often make erroneous assumptions about what commands will
achieve.  'mount' did more than I expected in one regard (it literally
gave me access to my device without any other hassle).  But it did less
in another regard (it didn't create the directory for me, but insisted
the mount point be a directory that already existed).  So I did the
'mkdir /cdrom' followed by 'mount /dev/cdrom /cdrom' and all was
suddenly well with the world again (except the weather).

Thanks for your help.

BTW - is there anywhere that all these questions and answers are
archived for searching?  I keep all emails sent on this distribution,
but they only go back to December 4th.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Owen [mailto:Chris.Owen@iname.com] 
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 2:35 AM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Can't read my cdrom...

alan brown wrote:

> I've looked through previous posts on this topic and the advice I 
> found was to run dmesg | grep cdrom to find out where my cdrom is 
> plugged in (hdb) and I tried symlinking /dev/dcrom to /dev/hdb. 
> However, in the course of my experimenting I did rm -rf on the /cdrom 
> directory, which I believe was where my cd drive was mounted. And I'm 
> not sure what I need to do next to get things back in order.
> The /etc/fstab file states that /dev/cdrom is mounted on /cdrom but 
> I'm not sure what to do to get it re-mounted (if indeed it is
> Any help would be appreciated. My problem is high level enough that 
> I've not been very effective with my google searches.

Er, I'm not sure what level you're at so forgive me if I state the 
obvious or miss your point...

/cdrom is just a directory like any other, you can just recreate it
mkdir /cdrom

The /etc/fstab file just says where things should be mounted, not where 
they are mounted. To actually mount a CD, when you put a new one in the 
drive, the command is
mount /dev/cdrom /cdrom

umount /cdrom
when you remove it.
You may need to be root to run these. I guess the various GUIs have a 
means of doing these things too... Not sure about that though.

Hope that helps


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