GNOME & Multisession DVDs

Vassili Zaitsev syllogismesdelamertume at
Fri Feb 5 23:28:06 UTC 2010

Rashkae wrote:
> Vassili Zaitsev wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I was wondering if there was a workaround/solution to GNOME's inability
>> to recognise multisession DVDs.
>> GNOME MPlayer, VLC and GnomeBaker appear to have no problem with them,
>> but Nautilus doesn't even recognise their presence. Unfortunately this
>> means that I'm unable to unmount/eject the discs once inserted and have
>> to reboot, pressing the drive's eject button just before Ubuntu loads if
>> I'm to have any chance of physically retrieving them!
>> I had a look around Launchpad, and substituted "auto" for "udf,iso9660"
>> in fstab as advised
>> (, but
>> to no avail.
>> With a multisession DVD inserted, the output for mount is as follows:
>> /dev/sdb6 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
>> proc on /proc type proc (rw)
>> none on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
>> none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
>> none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
>> none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
>> udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
>> none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
>> none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
>> none on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
>> none on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
>> none on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
>> /dev/sdb5 on /home type ext3 (rw)
>> /dev/sda2 on /windows type fuseblk
>> (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,default_permissions,blksize=4096)
>> binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc
>> (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
>> /dev/sda1 on /dos type vfat (rw,utf8,umask=007,gid=46)
>> /dev/sda5 on /archive type ext3 (rw)
>> gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/vassili/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon
>> (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=vassili)
>> /dev/sr0 on /media/cdrom0 type udf (ro,nosuid,nodev,utf8,user=vassili)
>> This is presumably an extremely common problem with discs burned and
>> finalised on stand-alone DVD recorders, so it seems strange to find the
>> same problem in 9.10 as was occurring in a previous version of Ubuntu
>> over two years ago.
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Vassili
> I've not seen this problem you are describing, so will have to take it 
> on faith.

You're too kind :)

> obviously from the mount command, Nautilus did see and and mount the 
> disc exactly as it should.  

An entry for the disc momentarily appears then promptly disappears from
the "Places" pane following insertion.

> Presumably, your problem therefore is that 
> you have no icon in under the "Computer" location, but that's easy to 
> work around.  You can browes to the /media folder to access the files, 

When I navigate through to the mount point designated in fstab
(/media/cdrom0) the folder's empty. Very strange.

> and you can can use "eject /dev/sr0" to eject the disc.  (Make a custom 
> launcher with this command, and put it somewhere convenient for you.)


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