I have a local site for accessing data on virtual drives. To do so I created a few directories inside my /var/www/ and a simle html file to access the starting pdf or htm* files on those virtual drives that are intended to be used as local catalogs on CD/DVD. I also must say, file that is being mounted is on a NTFS partition.

cd /   
sudo mount "/media/Video/Virtual Drives/file.iso" /var/www/dest_folder

First time when I enter it, I get an error that the source location does not exist, but when I use file browser to go to the /media/Video/Virtual Drives/ folder. After the visit command functiones.

When I entered all the mount commands manualy that was not a big problem, but now I created a sh script for seven differnt iso files and insterted it in init.d to automaticly start, now I have a problem because the script does not work.

Ubuntu version is 12.04LTS

Can you help?

Regards, SaleB

  • is /media/video/virtual drives itself a mount ? If so you need to use the second mount AFTER – exussum Jun 13 '13 at 11:59
  • Yes, that was primary problem, when I added the ntfs partition into fstab, everything started working – SaleB Jun 13 '13 at 13:17
  • added it as an answer – exussum Jun 13 '13 at 13:21

Use the following command, plus escape the whitespace:

mount -o loop /media/Video/Virtual\ Drives/file.iso /var/www/dest_folder

If i recall correctly you need the loop option, i have never tried it without that option.


Or add the following to /etc/fstab to automount on startup, since that is the thing you actually need.

/media/Video/Virtual\ Drives/file.iso /var/www/dest_folder iso9660 loop,ro,auto 0 0


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  • Thank you for your answers. Yes it is a loop virtual path. I will try it tomorrow. I have found a part of the problem why it did not work. I have inserted the ntfs partition into /etc/fstab and now all works. I have added the sh file into some folder in /etc/ and now all works fine. After a restart I have all loop drives visible form /var/www/ – SaleB Jun 13 '13 at 13:05
  • But there is in commands no more sudo because those sh files in that folder already execute with root privileges – SaleB Jun 13 '13 at 13:15
  • You can mount the iso directly using the /etc/fstab. That way you don't have to invoke some script manually when starting up. I have updated my answer. Just use mount -a after you added the iso, to mount all the entries described in /etc/fstab. – ortang Jun 15 '13 at 9:12

you need to escape spaces in path

sudo mount "/media/Video/Virtual\ Drives/file.iso" /var/www/dest_folder

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  • Why? - IOW: please elaborate why the additional escaping is needed, even though the file is already between quotation marks ". – Patrick B. Jun 13 '13 at 10:01
  • spaces in paths must always be escaped by \ in commandline, an easy way of handling this is using the autocomplete function of the commandline by using the tab-Key the "" have on effect on the escaping of spaces – herrhansen Jun 13 '13 at 10:08
  • That's not true. If you autocomplete with " in bash it will do it without backslashes - and it will work. – Patrick B. Jun 13 '13 at 10:13
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    In fact the additional backslashes here are needed because of the use of sudo. Running sudo cmd "file\ text" will make the space go correctly the cmd after sudo has switched. – Patrick B. Jun 13 '13 at 10:15
  • you are right! shame on me! – herrhansen Jun 13 '13 at 10:17

is /media/video/virtual drives itself a mount ? If so you need to use the second mount after this folder has been mounted successfully

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