Mounting an ISO Image File On Solaris
Here's how to take an ISO image file and view its contents
on a Solaris machine. You will need root access to perform
a couple of the steps.
First, get the ISO image file onto your system, preferably
somewhere on local disk.
Log in or 'su' to root - you're going to be tinkering with
the mounts and the file system, so you need this access.
Use the lofiadm command to associate a block device
with your ISO image file:
/usr/sbin/lofiadm -a /full/path/to/ISO/imagefile.iso
This command will print out the block device it assigned
to the ISO image file, something like this:
If you get scrambled up somehow and lose track of the
block device string provided by lofiadm, just run the
command without any arguments to see what block devices
are currently mapped to ISO files:
Block Device File Options
/dev/lofi/1 /full/path/to/ISO/imagefile.iso -
Mount the block device as a file system:
mount -F hsfs -o ro /dev/lofi/1 /mnt
Now, as root or as a regular user, just 'cd /mnt'
and you can see the contents of the ISO image file
presented just like a regular file system!
When you're done, log in as root and unmount the
Clean up after yourself (logged in as root) - detach the ISO image file from
the block device:
lofiadm -d /dev/lofi/1
After doing this, run lofiadm to verify that your
ISO image file is no longer associated with a block device,
just to be sure.
So, there you go! It's a little weird, but as long as you
keep track of what you're doing, it's not really difficult.