Virtual CDROM for Unix?
Florian G. Pflug
fgp at fgp.priv.at
Mon Nov 30 17:43:02 GMT 1998
> Has anyone implemented a "virtual cdrom" facility as offered
> windows? That is CD images are cached & compressed on hard
> disk and shared across a network. See:
> I have not found any news of a Unix solution. I would
> like to offer one on a Linux server to Windows clients.
> It should not be hard to implement with Samba...
> Thanks in advance.
I assume you are using Linux:
.) To create an cd-image:
dd if=/dev/scd0 of=/where/ever/cd.img (/dev/scd0 for 1st scsi-cdrom)
.) To mount that "virtual" cd
mount /where/ever/cd.img /my/virtual/cd -t iso9660 -o loop
Then just share /my/virtual/cd via samba, mars_new, netatalk....
If your apps complains that it can't find the cd use one of the pc/windows
bases "cd-emulators" that "convert" any directory to a cdrom.
Greetings, Florian Pflug
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