SUMMARY: can't access cdrom

From: Sean Kincaid (
Date: Thu Sep 30 1999 - 13:02:38 CDT

> --- Sean Kincaid <> wrote:
> Dear Managers,
> Please excuse me if this is a newbie question, but
> I recently installed a cdrom drive on an ultra 5
> running solaris 2.5, and I haven't been able to
> find a command that will let me access the cdrom.
> I know it works, because I could access the cdrom
> for purposes of upgrading, but we are trying to
> avoid that. What we are primarily looking for is
> the device name for the cdrom. If anyone knows the
> device name or has any different suggestions for
> accessing the cdrom, I would be most appreciative.
> TIA,

I must apologize we are running 2.5.1 on that machine (not 2.5), but I
got many responses. This one comes from Craig Russell:

 I hate to say it, but you have run a boot -r (or
 reboot -- -r if the machine is up). Before you do
 that, the device has not been configured. There are
 ways to configure it without taking it down, but the
 above is the easiest way to do it. Once that is done,
 if vold is running it will automatically mount the cd
 for you on /cdrom/cdrom volume name .
This seemed to be the most popular opinion amongst all of the responses,
and it is what worked for me.

Some other responses that I recieved were:

1) You can also run the volmgt daemon /etc/init.d/volmgt start, this will
  start the deamon and if a cd is in the cdrom player it will mount it

2) Try the following:
  touch /reconfigure
  init 6

  Then load a CD...wait a few seconds (just like you need to for a PC) and
  then go to cd /cdrom/cdrom0
  This should work without any problems. (unless you have volmgt

3) check /etc/vold.conf and make sure that it is not commented out. use
  volcheck or the file manager to read the drive. after volcheck, cd to
  the cdrom/cdrom0 directory. also you can /etc/init.d/volmgt stop then
  /etc/init.d/volmgt start
  then check volcheck again.

Thank You to all of those that responded. I found the information very

Sean Kincaid
Assistant System Administrator
Christopher Newport University


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