[Nelug] Sharing a cdrom over Samba - A How To

Daniel Tweedy daniel.tweedy at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 07:51:42 UTC 2008

Hi All,

After much blood, sweat and some tears I have finally won and got the 
cdrom to share on fedora, but I believe this will work on all distros.

Firstly edit the /etc/fstab file to have the following in it :- (note: 
you may need to change the path in the first column, not sure what its 
called tho, partition maybe?)

/dev/sr0 /media/cdrom auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0

Next I fiddled and played around with the original smb.conf I posted here.

    comment = Linux CD-ROM
    path = /media/cdrom
    read only = yes
    locking = no
    root preexec = /bin/mount /media/cdrom
    root postexec = /bin/umount /media/cdrom

I also had to create a new directory called cdrom inside of the /media 

Do all the above and I believe it will all work fine, it takes a few 
seconds to mount and unmount, but once you exitted the folder a few 
seconds later you can eject the cd.

Was just looking back on some of the mails and suggestions and I noticed 
that Tim had suggested the above part for samba, so I was halfway there 
and never realised it ah well not to worry its all up and running and 
working great now.

Note: I did this on Fedora 8 as Fedora 9 xfce was really really lagging 
on my poor little 1ghz mini-itx box.

p.s. No offence meant but the fedora-list people are a bit of a strange 
bunch of people, some guy suggested that I copy my cdrom to the hard 
drive and then share that o.O others told me to change the security 
settings.... I tried that but didn't see what that had to do with 
sharing a cd drive.

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