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Old 01-30-2004, 03:54 PM   #1
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Can't mount or unmount cdrom unless I'm root

Truly a newbie question from a windoze refugee. I just installed slackware 9.1 (fast!) and logged into gnome. I installed a cd and tried to mount it by right-clicking and using the drop-down box, but I get a message that nautilus can't mout the drive. When I click on details, it tells me that only root can do so. I checked all the manuals I have access to, and, from what I can tell, I as a "user" dont have the proper permission to mount and unmount the drive.

The Question: how do I set slack (or gnome) up so that I, as a mere mortal user, can mount and unmount my cdrom?

I can't wait 'till I'm good enough at this to actually help someone with their questions.


Old 01-30-2004, 04:05 PM   #2
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Your drives are configured by the file /etc/fstab

See man mount and check out the user option.

# Managing drives
LNAG - Accessing my drives
Rute - Device Mounting

My file for a sample:
# Duron 950 uilleann Red Hat 7.3 /etc/fstab file
/dev/hda7	/               reiserfs	defaults	1 1
/dev/hda3	/boot           ext3		defaults	1 2
none            /dev/pts        devpts		gid=5,mode=620  0 0
/dev/hda9	/home           reiserfs	defaults	1 2
/dev/hda1	/mnt/win98	vfat		defaults	0 0
/dev/hda2	/mnt/win2k	ntfs		defaults	0 0
none            /proc           proc		defaults	0 0
none            /dev/shm        tmpfs		defaults	0 0
/dev/hdb4	/pub            ext3		defaults	1 2
/dev/hdb1	/pub/iso        reiserfs	defaults	1 2
/dev/hdb2	/pub/iso/LinuxDistros   ext3    defaults	1 2
#/dev/hda6	/mnt/gentoo     reiserfs	defaults	1 2
#/dev/hda8	/mnt/mandrake   ext3		defaults	1 2
/dev/hda5	swap            swap		defaults	0 0
/dev/cdrom	/mnt/cdrom	iso9660		noauto,owner,ro 0 0
# Try adding user like this:            	user,noauto,owner,ro	0 0
/dev/fd0        /mnt/floppy     auto		noauto,owner    0 0

Last edited by fancypiper; 01-30-2004 at 04:13 PM.


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