'volname' defaults to the wrong device

Asked by bdowd

The CD device is named /dev/cdrom0. An iso9660 CD is inserted.
In 7.10 '/usr/bin/volname' would read the volume name from the default device /dev/cdrom0 by issuing the command '/usr/bin/volname'
In 8.04 '/usr/bin/volname' returns a NULL string, but '/usr/bin/volname /dev/cdrom1' correctly reads the volume name off of /dev/cdrom0

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This question was originally filed as bug #224490.

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Adam Buchbinder (adam-buchbinder) said :

This is, I think, due to device IDs not matching up between gutsy and hardy, leaving /dev/cdrom pointing nowhere.

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Adam Buchbinder (adam-buchbinder) said :

volname is written to only try to read the default CD drive, /dev/cdrom; this is specified at configure time. However, if that's the only CD drive you have, it should have a symlink from /dev/cdrom to the proper device. There may have been some kind of driver change between Gutsy and Hardy which invalidated the previous device path. Do this:

$ less /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-cd.rules

and if I'm correct, you'll see what appear to be two different CD-ROM drives listed, with two different paths (e.g., "pci-0000:00:1f.1-scsi-1:0:0:0"). One will include SYMLINK+="cdrom", but it's the wrong one.

To fix this, move the existing 70-persistent-cd.rules out of the way and restart udev.

$ cd
$ sudo mv /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-cd.rules .
$ sudo /etc/init.d/udev restart

At this point, you should be able to run "less /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-cd.rules" again and see that it's only listing one CD drive, which should have /dev/cdrom as a symlink pointing toward it.

Please let me know if you have any trouble after doing this.

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