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Old 03-16-2002, 09:36 PM   #1
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/auto - mounting floppy/cdrom problem

my cdrom and floppy drives can't be mounted in /auto for some reason and I get this error when I install rpms:

error: failed to stat /auto: Connection refused

why does the package manager try to connect to /auto ???

anyway, I can't change permissions or do anything to the directory /auto
and when I look at its permissions, it has no read permissions set. This is when I'm logged in as root.

Another thing is that when I try to look at the permissions or try to go into /auto it takes an abnormally long time.
Old 03-17-2002, 01:20 PM   #2
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I'm not too sure if I understand what you're trying to accomplish so here's a shot in the dark. It sounds like you are trying to get all removable devices mounted to the same dir (/auto). That _should_ generate at least a couple of messages for ya.

If you're trying to get a simple setup to be able to mount the CD drive your /etc/fstab should have a line in it like this.
/dev/cdrom      /media/cdrom    auto    ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0
There is a link from /dev/cdrom -> /dev/hdc in my /dev folder. /media/cdrom is where I will mount this particular CD drive and the noauto option means that every time a 'mount -a' (mount all in fstab) is executed (ie: at startup) we won't try to mount our removable devices. Generally things like floppys, CD, DVD, etc are mounted by the user at the time that you need to use them. In the above case I have a link "/cdrom -> /media/cdrom" in my / dir. When a user needs the device they just issue a "mount /cdrom".

OK so why all the extra glue in the /dev/ folder? Let's say I've just setup all my software that uses my CD-ROM and CD-R devices and that I used the device name instead of an aptly named link to the device (like /dev/cdrom). So now my 'cdplayer' (and all other CD apps) use /dev/hdc. It works great until I put the CD drive on a different IDE device. When I install my new skookum IDE controller and want run my CD from it it will now be something like /dev/hde and I would have to change all the software to use /dev/hde instead of /dev/hdc - a real pain in the arse. By using links I just remove the old link /dev/cdrom -> /dev/hdc and create a new one /dev/cdrom /dev/hde. All apps are still ready to go.

I hope I didn't muddy up the issue for ya...
Old 03-17-2002, 10:35 PM   #3
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I understand. thanks

Last edited by islandkid; 03-17-2002 at 10:42 PM.
Old 03-18-2002, 02:16 AM   #4
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If you are using the /auto directory then most likely you are trying to use autofs. This document might give you some tips


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