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Old 07-28-2006, 11:49 PM   #1
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cd wouldn't mount issues

How can it be that my cdrom wouldn't mount when it just finished playing the SuSe 8.2 CD's to install the OS?
Old 07-29-2006, 12:05 AM   #2
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Mounting during an install is a whole different thing than mounting after install. Do you have an icon on the KDE desktop for the CD? If you right click it, does it give you the option to mount the CD?

I think Suse mounts CD's at either /mnt/cdrom or /media/cdrom. Look both places and see where there is a directory called 'cdrom'. Try this in a shell as root:

mount /dev/hdc /media/cdrom

Obviously, if you found 'cdrom' at /mnt, use

mount /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom

You might have to try /dev/hdd or hdb too. If you get one to mount, do a search here for how to edit /etc/fstab to let you mount CD's.

Suse 8.2 is old; 10.1 is being given away with at least two Linux magazines this month. I recommend you get one and reinstall anyway.

Good luck.

Old 07-29-2006, 12:08 AM   #3
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The best advice is below. Suse is clearly very different.

Last edited by The_Outlander; 07-29-2006 at 01:12 AM.
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I would say to look in /media for the mount point used for the cdrom, but you are using such an old distro, I don't know if SuSE adopted that convention ( from Linux Standard Base ) yet. The current SuSE distributions use udev to create devices, mountpoints and device links automatically. When that happens, it creates a temporary mount point under /media using the label of the disk as the name of the mount point.

You could setup sudo to allow you to run the mount command to mount a cdrom. ( Use visudo as root )
# Uncomment to allow people in group wheel to run all commands
# %wheel  ALL=(ALL)       ALL

# Same thing without a password
# %wheel  ALL=(ALL)       NOPASSWD: ALL

# Samples
%users  ALL=/bin/mount /media/cdrom,/bin/umount /media/cdrom

# %users  localhost=/sbin/shutdown -h now
Then a user can run "sudo mount /media/cdrom" to mount the CD disc.

Look in the "man mount" and "man fstab" manual pages. You can use the option umask=0000 or uid=<youruserid> to allow everyone or just yourself access. For removable devices, be sure to use the noauto option.

Please read through the "man mount" man page. Some options may have changed, i.e. nls or utf8 options.

Last edited by jschiwal; 07-29-2006 at 12:47 AM.


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