Summary:How to make cdrom available on network

From: Kim Culhan (
Date: Thu Nov 17 1994 - 18:22:31 CST

Thanks to the all who took the time to reply.

Original question:
What is the best procedure for mounting a Sun CD drive on a machine and then
'exporting' the mount to make the CD available to other machines on the net?

I should have stated this was for SunOS 4.1.3_U1:

mkdir /cdrom
mount -rt hsfs /dev/sr0 /cdrom
[fstab entry: /dev/sr0 /cdrom hsfs ro 0 0]

add to /etc/exports: /cdrom -access=machine1:machine2:etc
[This would not work until I used the full FQDN for each machine]
exportfs /cdrom

On client side:
mkdir /cdrom
mount cdservername:/cdrom /cdrom
fstab: as above

As Tom Orban said: "Done Deal!"

raoul@MIT.EDU suggested: "First, install mntdisk available from numerous
ftp sites."
I haven't done this yet..

As for the AnswerBook part: said: "With answerbook, once you mount the /cdrom dir
on the remote host, you can install (with cdm) the small local portion of
answerbook and tell it that the cd is remote."

I can't get it to mount on the remote host, apparently because it is not in
hsfs format:

mount -rt hsfs /dev/sr0 /cdrom
hsfs: Unknown CD-ROM structure format
mount_hsfs: /dev/sr0 on /cdrom: Invalid argument

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
The next step was to try to setup the automounter (gotta have it all..)
and this, too, has not not been successful for either format so far.
[Following instructions in the AnswerBook]

Many thanks to: (Tom Orban)
raoul@MIT.EDU (Nico Garcia)
MEYSTMA@DUVM.BITNET (Michael (M.A.) Meystel) (Randy Olsson ISG) (Bob Leck) ("Quinlan, Grant W.") (joe merola) (Joey R. Montilla) (Dave Fetrow) (Tim Evans) (John Stelling)
Kenneth.Erickson@Eng.Sun.COM (Ken Erickson) (Stacey Marshall)
bern@TI.Uni-Trier.DE (Jochen Bern) (Srinivasa R. Yalavarthy)
sunuru!rwagner@Sun.COM (Roberto Wagner)



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