Mounting floppy and CD-ROM

In Linux, like in UNIX, diskettes and CD-ROMs need to be mounted before they can be used. What mount does is to associate the devices (floppy or CD-ROM drives) to a mount point (a directory) in the root file system. The usual mount point for diskettes is /mnt/floppy , while the usual mount point for CD-ROMs is /mnt/cdrom. This is not to say that we need to use these specific mount points. You can get help about mount by typing man mount in a shell prompt

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