CDs mount to volume name

dragoran dragoran at
Wed Feb 8 12:22:36 UTC 2006

Karsten Fischer wrote:

> Am Mittwoch, den 08.02.2006, 11:03 +0100 schrieb Tomas Mraz:
>>On Wed, 2006-02-08 at 10:49 +0100, Karsten Fischer wrote:
>>> Why should you? I am pretty comfortable with that right now; but then I
>>> also use a Mac, where this kind of mounting seems to be quite normal and
>>> does not cause trouble. Anyway, a mount with the name like "Doom 4 for
>>> Linux Disk 2 of 2" sounds much more descriptive than "cdrom", now does
>>> it? 
>>> ;)
>>Except when you want to use command line. The GUI (Nautilus) worked
>>pretty good for normal users (displaying the volume name under the icon)
>>previously without the need for such mount point names.
>>Tomas Mraz <tmraz at <mailto:tmraz at>>
> Well put. But then, how about having both? Lets say there would exist 
> a subdirectory within '/media' called devices, in which all devices 
> have their proper names? On the other hand, it might be a bit 
> complicated, granted.
> I really don't get your point - why shouldn't I use something like 'ls 
> /media/Doom_for_Linux' instead of 'ls /media/cdrom'? If somebody does 
> create an application which is shipped on CD why should the 
> aforementioned installer fail (like posted in the post earlier)? This 
> behaviour is completely consistent with Fedora's boot-process (ahem, 
> within grub, of course), where, instead of an device like '/dev/sda' 
> the root-device is identified using its label, adding a lot of 
> flexibility (or, could add, since grub itself needs its own 
> device-map, hope it can get rid of it :)
> I agree that for now this is an issue - but I personally think things 
> should shift towards using descriptive names for mount points, even on 
> the command line. If somebody sees 'Doom for Linux' in the GUI, it 
> makes searching for that specific CD easier even on the command line 
> in the end, especially if you have - like i do - a couple of different 
> CD/DVD devices attached to your box, most of them via FireWire or USB2...
> --
> Karsten Fischer 

what about adding a symlink from /media/cdrom to /media/volumename ?
wouldn't break old apps, and thus ho preffer the new behaviour can use it.

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