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Easy way for users to mount ISOs without password

asked 2014-05-05 13:40:56 -0500

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I'm looking for a simple way for users to mount and unmout personal iso files, without passwords, and certainly not root access. Ideally, the "image mounter" in the Dolphin file manager would just use existing login credentials and not open a password dialog. If I can't do that, I guess I could use sudo groups, but that requires teaching my users shell commands, and that is not fun. Is there a GUI tool or a some PAM magic I can use? TY

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You mean the "Disk Image Mounter"? it doesn't/shouldn't ask for any passwords; if you try to mount an iso using that tool and it asks for a passwords, exectute this as root in terminal:

journalctl -f

then try to mount the iso and check the printed logs. It should hopefully give more cluse as to what's going on.

Ahmad Samir gravatar imageAhmad Samir ( 2014-05-06 03:24:25 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-05-06 05:44:23 -0500

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you can easily wrap such commands in KDE by adding custom service menus (see http://pclosmag.com/html/Issues/201210/page09.html ), using a simple shell and for example zenity if you need user interactions such as dialog boxes.

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answered 2014-05-05 21:08:19 -0500

This is the job for the fuseiso package in Fedora repo. The usage is like this:

fuseiso image_file.iso mount_point

To unmount:

fusermount -u mount_point

here mount_point is a mount point (directory) with proper permissions for the user.

Integration with file managers may be done on a case-by-case basis. I personally use XFCE's Thunar, which has fairly good action customization capabilities suitable for the task. However, I still prefer the command-line, YMMV.

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