Be sure to check the suggested reading in Section 1.3, “Suggested Reading and References”.
I finally had to create this section - Frequently Asked Questions. Although, I sometimes think it should be called Frequently Answered Questions (at least I try to answer them all).
Can I copy CD contents to a directory and share it with SAMBA?
In a word - Yes.
Do any scripts or programs exist that automate this process?
Do any web interfaces exist that automate this process?
Not yet. However there is much interest in this.
Can copy-protected CD's (e.g. laserlok) be shared in this way?
To the best of my knowledge, No.
This section is devoted to instructional materials that others have written or have sent to me.
Richard Black (Compaq) has some good pages about Saving CD-ROM's to files and mounting
Red Hat Linux.
Linux Loop Devices - This
page also includes the script below for creating many loop device nodes at once in
Device nodes are required to access the loop devices. You already have loop0 - loop7. You can run the following loop to create the rest of the nodes (loop8 - loop255). You can type all of the following lines of code on one single line if you leave off the trailing "\" characters. C=8; echo; echo "Creating loop device nodes."; \ while [ $C -lt 256 ]; do mknod /dev/loop$C b 7 $C; \ echo -n .; C=`expr $C + 1`; done; echo; Note: the quoting around the expr section are called backtick's and they are located with the tilde character ("~") in the upper left hand corner of the keyboard. The character is not a single quote.
Thanks to Richard Black for permission to add this info and for linking back to this document.
A script to automate the creation of ISO images and share them via Samba
by Bradley Wendelboe [krakken (at) icehouse.2y.net] and James Mumm [dart (at) windeath.2y.net]
This software is covered under the GPL See http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html for details.
I have no independent test results of this script - use at your own risk.
Thanks to Bradley Wendelboe for forwarding this script to me.
These are things I'm currently looking into, trying to figure out, or planning to get done.
Make more scripts available that others have sent to me, either within this howto, or by hosting them and linking to them from this document.
Sharing CD's to Apple and Netware clients (Appletalk and IPX).
Compressed ISO Images.
Changing CD Shares on the fly (hopefully transparent to users).
Adding a module to Webmin to automate the CDServer process.
Distribution specific instructions.
I have a volunteer for a German translation, hopefully it will be done soon.