summary: manually mounting all partions of installation CD

From: Mingyu Zheng <>
Date: Fri Feb 28 2003 - 12:14:25 EST
Thanks to all those who responded.  I am especially grateful to the
Luc, Jerry Kemp and Rich Teer.

After playing with different systems and mounting CD with and without
vold, here is what I found out: (1) vold will only work with SUN original
installation CDs.  Copied ones sometimes have problems one way or the
other (I happened to be using copied CD).  (2) on intel architecture, you
cannot use the following method (I happened to be trying to mount the
installation CD on a x86 machine with Solaris 9).  These been said, the
answer from Luc is especially clear.  Here it is:

To mount a solaris installation software CD manually, you need to do the
$ ls -l /dev/sr0	(this could be something else like /dev/sr?)
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     root          12 Jun 10  2002 /dev/sr0 ->

as you see it's pointing to dsk/c0t6d0s2 (in my case)
so having this information you could do something like this:

mkdir /tmp_mnt /tmp_mnt/s0 /tmp_mnt/s1 /tmp_mnt/s2
mount -F hsfs -o ro /dev/dsk/c0t6d0s0 /tmp_mnt/s0
mount -F hsfs -o ro /dev/dsk/c0t6d0s1 /tmp_mnt/s1
mount -F hsfs -o ro /dev/dsk/c0t6d0s2 /tmp_mnt/s2

now realize some of the cd only has s2 with data! and some are actually
ufs type and not hsfs, so if you getting error that maybe the case..
and /tmp_mnt was an example you could use other mount point(s).

note: s2 refers to the entire content of CD, sort of like the 2nd
partition on a disk
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