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3.1 Mounting the CD

The first step when installing Mathematica on a Unix machine is to mount the CD. On some systems, such as Solaris, there is a daemon running in the background that will automount the CD. For systems that do not have such a daemon, you must mount the CD manually. You may need root privileges in order to give the mount command. The following are typical mount commands for the various systems. The name of the device representing the CD-ROM is different on different systems.

Typical mount commands for mounting the CD on various Unix platforms.

If a CD-ROM drive is not available on the machine on which you wish to run or install Mathematica, you may be able to use a CD-ROM drive on another computer and mount the CD across the network.

2. Mount the CD on the remote machine. Use the appropriate mount command given earlier. On some systems, to prepare for exporting the CD, you may be forced to mount the CD as read only.

3. Export the file system. On some systems you may need to re-export the CD via exportfs.

4. On the target machine, mount the file system across the network. Depending on the system, the mount command is some variant of mount server:/cdrom/cdrom.

When mounting a CD on an HP-UX system using pfs_mount, you cannot export the CD as an NFS partition.

After you have finished using the CD you must unmount it. Typically, the unmount command is umount/cdrom. Before unmounting the CD make sure that no programs are running from the CD, no files are open, and no users have a directory of the CD as their current working directory.