The CD-ROM format is a popular medium for software, music, and
data file. As the costs involved plummet, DVD-ROMs are also
becoming more popular. THis section discusses how to use CDs and
DVDs with your Red Hat Enterprise Linux system.
CD-ROMs with Your File Manager
Nautilus automatically mounts both
Compact Discs (CDs) and Digital Versatile Discs (DVDs) by default.
Nautilus will then do one of the
following, depending on the typ of CD or DVD: for audio CDs,
Nautilus starts CD Player; for data CDs and DVDs, Nautilus opens a file browser window that
displays the contents of the disk.
Figure 13-2. Contents of a CD-ROM in Nautilus
When Nautilus auto-mounts a CD or
DVD, it places an icon on the desktop that matches the type of
media inserted. Double-clicking the icon preforms the default
action for that medium: for example, double-clicking the Audio CD starts the CD
You can also access the CD or DVD by double-clicking on the
Computer icon on your desktop, then
double-clicking on the appropriate icon inside the Computer window.
This icon can also be used to unmount and eject your CD or DVD.
Right-click on the icon and select Eject to
remove the disk from your system.
Nautilus will not let you browse an
audio CD. To copy files from an audio CD to your computer, use
If any applications, file browsers, or terminal windows have the
CD or DVD open, or any of its files, Nautilus will not eject the media. Close all such
files and terminal windows before proceeding.
and DVDs From the Shell Prompt
If the CD or DVD is not currently mounted, you can mount it
Insert a CD or DVD into the appropriate drive.
Open a terminal window.
At the shell prompt, enter the command mount /media/cdrom/.
The CD or DVD is now mounted and available for use. You can
unmount and eject the CD or DVD by entering the command umount /media/cdrom/. You can then safely
press the eject button on your CD or DVD drive to retrieve the