Can I mount an ISO image directly with mount?

Can Berk Guder cbguder at
Mon May 30 09:36:28 PDT 2005

OK, here's how you do it on Linux:

# mount -o loop -t iso9660 <ISO filename> <mount destination>

eg.: # mount -o loop -t iso9660 /home/steven/5.4-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso

Apparently, however this doesn't work on FreeBSD. AFAIK, this should work:

# mdconfig -a -t vnode -f <ISO filename> -u 0
# mount -t cd9660 /dev/md0 <mount destination>


# mdconfig -a -t vnode -f /home/steven/5.4-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso -u 0
# mount -t cd9660 /dev/md0 /var/ftp/pub/freebsd-5.4/

Can Berk Guder
Sabanci University
Istanbul, Turkey

Quoting Steven Friedrich <FreeBSD at>:

> I believe I read a posting over a year ago, that stated that you could mount
> an ISO file directly with mount.
> I searched the archives but couldn't find it.
> I searched the FAQ and handbook as well.
> I do see a section in the handbook about doing it with vn, but I want to know
> if it's possible with mount alone.
> -- 
> i386 FreeBSD 4.11-STABLE
> There are 10 types of people in this world. Ones that understand binary and
> then, the others.

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