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    Default Virtual CD/DVD reader

    I'm looking for a virtual cd/dvd reader.

    Any suggestion?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Default Software tools for that

    You can mount a data CD or DVD and read its content, for example, with a command

    mount -t iso9660 -r /dev/sr0 /mnt

    Or, if it is an audio CD or video DVD, then you can play it.

    Or you can mount an .iso file and view its content:

    mount -t iso9660 -o loop -r my.iso /mnt

    Isn't this set of software and it capabilities that can serve you as "virtual CD/DVD reader"?

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    Default Re: Virtual CD/DVD reader

    not really sure what you are looking for, the Linux file/directory system is quite different from windows and mounted CD/DVD's are treated like ordinary folders, seeing how kde has native iso support you can browse iso's like archives if you want to mount it like a real CD/DVD use the mount command, you might need to run it as root
    for example make a dir where the iso will be mounted
    Code:
    mkdir /mnt/iso
    mount the iso image
    Code:
    mount -t iso9660 -o loop /home/<you>/path_to_iso_image.iso /mnt/iso/
    you will need to run the above commands as root so ether use su - or sudo
    after you've finished with the iso unmount it
    Code:
    umount /mnt/iso
    edit if you prefer a gui app give AcetoneISO 2 a try
    https://software.opensuse.org/package/acetoneiso2
    it's available in the KDE:Extra repository

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    Default Re: Virtual CD/DVD reader

    If you want to have a GUI, have a look at acetoneiso:
    http://software.opensuse.org/package/acetoneiso2

    Edit: Just noticed that this has been mentioned already, sorry...

    Edit2: Ark supports opening ISO files too, and I believe file-roller as well.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 25-Feb-2016 at 09:54.

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    Default Re: Virtual CD/DVD reader

    Quote Originally Posted by I_A View Post
    not really sure what you are looking for, the Linux file/directory system is quite different from windows and mounted CD/DVD's are treated like ordinary folders, seeing how kde has native iso support you can browse iso's like archives if you want to mount it like a real CD/DVD use the mount command, you might need to run it as root
    for example make a dir where the iso will be mounted
    Code:
    mkdir /mnt/iso
    mount the iso image
    Code:
    mount -t iso9660 -o loop /home/<you>/path_to_iso_image.iso /mnt/iso/
    you will need to run the above commands as root so ether use su - or sudo
    after you've finished with the iso unmount it
    Code:
    umount /mnt/iso
    edit if you prefer a gui app give AcetoneISO 2 a try
    https://software.opensuse.org/package/acetoneiso2
    it's available in the KDE:Extra repository
    Believe it or not, as far as I can see, Windows and likely every other OS accesses an ISO the same way.
    So, for example on Windows although you can use an app that does everything automatically, you can also use an iso mounting app to what is minimally necessary to view as a folder in Windows Explorer (or in Win10 "File Manager").

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    Default Re: Virtual CD/DVD reader

    Ok!
    I appreciated both solutions, line command and the application.

    Thanks to all guys!

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