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How do I mount an ISO image in a container?

Article ID: 4628, created on Mar 28, 2008, last review on Sep 18, 2014

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It is possible to use FUSE (filesystem in userspace) to mount an ISO image inside a container.

  1. Make sure that the fuse module is loaded on the Hardware Node:

    ~# lsmod | grep fuse

    If it is not there, use:

    ~# modprobe fuse
    ~# lsmod|grep fuse
    fuse                   45320  0

    If it is needed to load it automatically on boot, configure it in accordance with the corresponding OS instructions:

  2. Grant Container #101 the permission to work with the /dev/fuse character device, and create a corresponding device inside a container (run these commands on the PVC server):

    • new syntax, using the device name:

      ~# vzctl set 101 --save --devnodes "fuse:rw"

      Note: if the container already had some devnodes configured, it is needed to add them in the above command, e.g.:

      ~# vzctl set 101 --save --devnodes "fuse:rw net/tun:rw"
    • old syntax, using the device major and minor IDs:

      ~# vzctl set 101 --save --devices c:10:229:rw
      ~# vzctl exec 101 mknod -m 666 /dev/fuse c 10 229
      ~# vzctl exec 101 cp -a /dev/fuse /lib/udev/devices/

    If the file /dev/fuse already exists, make sure it has proper access permissions. Also, if the directory /lib/udev/devices does not exist, you must create it and set correct access permissions:

    ~# vzctl exec 101 mkdir /lib/udev/devices
    ~# vzctl exec 101 chmod 755 /lib/udev/devices/

    Check these files:

    ~# vzctl exec 101 ls -l /lib/udev/devices/fuse
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 10, 229 Oct 25 19:37 /lib/udev/devices/fuse
    ~# vzctl exec 101 ls -l /dev/fuse
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 10, 229 Oct 25 19:37 /dev/fuse
  3. Install "fuseiso" packages and fuse them into a container. The names of the packages may be different on different Linux distributions: For Debian and Ubuntu, install the fuseiso and fuse-utils packages (available in the repository). For RHEL/CentOS 3/4/5, use DAG's packages, fuse-iso and fuse. For Fedora 7/8, both fuseiso and fuse are available from the main/updates repositories for Fedora 6: fuse is available from the "extras" repository, and you can use dries for fuse-iso. To mount an ISO image, run the command inside a container:

    ~# fuseiso IMAGE.iso /mnt

    Replace IMAGE.iso in the command above with the exact name of the ISO image (including the path) on the filesystem, and replace /mnt with the path to where you want the ISO image to be mounted.

    To unmount the image, use this command:

    ~# fusermount -u /mnt

    Again, replace /mnt with the exact path to where the ISO image is mounted.

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