Automating mounting of ISO images

Ryan Coleman editor at
Wed Mar 23 20:35:36 UTC 2011

Here's the working script (Yay!)

#! /bin/sh

for FILE in /mount/disc_images/*.iso; do
  DIRNAME=`basename ${FILE} .iso`
  echo ${DIRNAME} ${FILE}
  mkdir /mount/new_brighton/images/${DIRNAME}
  mount -t cd9660 /dev/`mdconfig -f ${FILE}`    /mount/new_brighton/images/${DIRNAME}

Thanks to Polytropon and Chuck for their guidance.

On Mar 23, 2011, at 3:16 PM, Polytropon wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:06:14 -0500, Ryan Coleman <editor at> wrote:
>> I am also trying to make the directories right before the attempt
>> to mount the image (a 'duh' moment just now). 
>> So I'd like to have just the filename, not the full path, made
>> as a folder... 
> A directory. :-)
>> In other news: The ISOs are all made by me, so no special chars,
>> just capital and lowercase letters, sometimes numbers, no spaces
>> and use of underscores and hyphens.
> Underscores and hypens are traditionally not a problem. Spaces
> can be and need extra attention. But as you're using PROPER
> filenames, it should be easy to get the target directory name
> from the ISO filename.
> The unelegant way is to use basename:
> 	DIRNAME=`basename ${FILE} .iso`
> Of course, there's a sh builtin for the same purpose:
> 	DIRNAME=${FILE%.iso}
> Adding this to the iteration list, you can easily create
> the directories needed prior to the mount attempt.
> -- 
> Polytropon
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