Sunday, 28 February 2010

Mount ISO images without the command line

Or, 'how to check your newly mastered DVD-iso image is good before you burn it and waste your blank media.'

Everybody knows I hate typing hieroglyphics at the command line. Any opportunity to avoid the terminal session, I take it....

Why do I want to mount an ISO?
  • you use DeVeDe to master a disk structure and want to check the results before you burn it
  • you want higher performance of a game on CD than your optical drive allows
  • you want to take your training DVD's on the road with your laptop without taking the disks and boxes and clutter.
  • you want to extend the battery life of the laptop by not using the laser light and mechanical spindle-thing.

Copying the disk (that you legally own, of course) to the hard drive using Brasero using the image option; choose location for the .iso image file - somewhere with sufficient disk space.

Mount an ISO image file
So although I could open a terminal and type:
sudo mkdir /media/iso

Which creates a point for it, then mount the ISO image:
sudo mount -o loop /home/videos/mytest.iso

Then un-mount later with:
sudo umount /media/iso/

But I prefer a little program I first found back in 2007.

Gmountiso, a PyGTK GUI to mount your cd images:
"Gmount-iso is a small tool written using PyGTK and Glade. It allows you to easily mount your cd images. This is a frontend to the
'mount -o loop -t iso9660 foo.iso /mountpoint' command"
It is in the Ubuntu repositories, or go to the GmountIso project homepage

You can achieve the same result with nautilus-mount-image ( which is a deb-packaged script with the added benefit this gives you a right-click menu option.  RC

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