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My problem is that I don't know what my cdrw is in /dev, so I cannot mount it.
It's ludicrous to have to wipe out a hdd and reinstall just so I can have a cdrw. I think it sucks, and certainly is a drawback for linux (hopefully newer versions have fixed this snafu).
Here is the reply:
The instruction in grub;
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-3 ro root=/dev/hda2 hdc=ide-scsi
is telling the system to use scsi emulation for the cdrw so hdc is no longer /dev/hdc but probably /dev/scd0.
If you check /var/log/syslog it will probably tell you what it device name it has allocated. You should then amend your fstab so that it mounts at boot time. Mine looks like this;
/dev/scd0 /cdrom auto ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0
and put a # next to /dev/cdrom
Please. If I don't solve this soon I'll be forced to reinstall, which is really crazy.
Let me reiterate: I don't know what it is (cdrw) in /dev.
There should be something within the distro to tell me what it is--some file or log. I don't think I should be adding stuff to something that's unresolved.
And I'll not get into the politics of one os vs another, but really, some os's find devices so much easier than this. It's mind boggling. Your snafu comment doesn't recognize my criticism, which was towards "ease of use".
I'm looking at a reinstall if I can't get this to work. Blame comes later. Let me get this to work first, then you'll hear/read my observations.
And back to my original question: is there something equivalent to /var/log/syslog in RH?
Is this a file I should have, or is it located somewhere else? I want to find the id of my cdrw. It's there. I know it's using scsi emulation. I need to know what its name is.