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Old 03-16-2006, 05:42 PM   #1
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cannot mount as normal user

Hi all, i need to mount the cd/dvd drive as a normal user (mainly so i can mount cds on cedega, right now it says only root can), i have added a few things to sudoers but it still isnt working:
Host_Alias	LAPPY =

%users  ALL=/sbin/mount /cdrom,/sbin/umount /cdrom
%users  localhost=/sbin/shutdown -h now
ALL		LAPPY = NOPASSWD: /sbin/umount /LAPPY,\
		/sbin/mount -o nosuid\,nodev /dev/cd0a /LAPPY
Does anyone know where i have gone wrong there? Is there a better way to allow a normal user to mount cds/dvds?

Any help greatly appreciated.
Old 03-16-2006, 06:12 PM   #2
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What you can do is to edit the /etc/fstab file to allow all users to mount/unmount those drives by simply adding a "users" line to the ones you want. Your /etc/fstab should have lines that look something like this:
/dev/hdc     /cdrom     cdfs     ro,noauto,exec    0     0
to remedy the mount problem - add a "users" to the third column.

/dev/hdc     /cdrom     cdfs     ro,noauto,exec,users     0     0
This should allow a normal user to mount the cdrom drives (and it works with anything, so a normal user can mount a HD with this too)
Old 03-16-2006, 07:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
I added users to the third column:
/dev/hda1        /                ext3        defaults         1   1
/dev/cdrom       /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,owner,ro,users  0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620   0   0
But im still getting
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
mount: only root can do that
The same drive is also a dvd writer, is this the reason why normal users cant mount it? If not what is?

Any help appreciated.
Old 03-16-2006, 07:36 PM   #4
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Try it as just mount /dev/cdrom or mount /mnt/cdrom. That should work...


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