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SubjectRe: devfs cdrom mount pb
"qwerty314" <> writes:

> My linux box was runing fine till I decide to try devfs on RH7.3
> with 2.4.18-3 kernel after some adjustments everything is nearly OK
> with the new /dev concepts but when I try to mount a cdrom it says
> that the device is not a block device. cat /proc/scsi/scsi gives :
> Attached devices:
> Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
> Vendor: PLEXTOR Model: CD-R PX-W1610A Rev: 1.02
> Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
> Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 01 Lun: 00
> Vendor: SAMSUNG Model: CD-ROM SC-152C Rev: CS05
> Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
> and ls -l /dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/* gives
> crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 21, 1 jan 1 1970
> /dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/generic
> quid?
> why has my cdrom entry switched from a block to a character device
> and how to cure it ?

You do not have the sr_mod module loaded; thus /dev/scsi/<address>/
only contains the "generic" device node, not the "cdrom" block device

Either load sr_mod from a startup script (/etc/rc.modules comes to
mind), or set up the devfs module autoloader appropriately.

The device to be used for mounting is /dev/scsi/<address>/cdrom, not
/dev/scsi/<address>/generic. The generic device is "only" used for
special-purpose commands, such as for scanners or CD writing. Those
special commands are not block-level, thus "generic" is a character

So long,

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