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.
13.2.1. Using 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
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
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
Nautilus will not let you browse
an audio CD. To copy files from an audio CD to your
computer, use Sound Juicer.
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
13.2.2. CDs 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
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 disk.