But some how that still did not work and they mounted even without a listing in fstab. I am not sure if i am having a caching issue where the system is reading an old fstab or im having some weird mounting issue. Has anyone ever come across something like this?
Everybody running recent linux kernel experience the same. HAL and udev respects the provisions in the /etc/fstab, it is read first and is given priority in the order. If nothing is found there concerning an existing device (say DVD/CD drive) udev creates a /dev/symlink for that automatically; if in case a storage is found therein (a CD or DVD) udev mounts them automatically with the help or (as usual) with the auspices of intrusive mechanisms provided by Kde, Gnome, Xfce or whatever modern DE handles (or grabs) it from the hand of udev --the latter usually sets it to read/write if allowed, if not then an error or informative report is echoed and recorded to the log. To make the media writable the common methods are--
1. Remount it manually with the " -o rw " option;
2. Or automate the process by creating a rule in the /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-blah.
3. Or just nail it at the /etc/fstab for all time.
Hope that helps.