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Section: User Commands (1)


autorun - automatically mounts/unmounts CDROMs and executes /path/to/cdrom/autorun after mounting  


autorun [-lmqv?V] [-a EXEC] [-c CDPLAYER] [-e STRING] [-i MILLISEC] [-n STRING] [-t STRING] [--autorun=EXEC] [--cdplayer=CDPLAYER] [--interval=MILLISEC] [--lock] [--mountonly] [--notify=STRING] [--notify-insert=STRING] [--notify-eject=STRING] [--quiet] [--verbose] [--help] [--usage] [--version] [cdromdevices...]  


autorun automagically recognises all available CDROMs in your system, mounts them upon insertion and executes a possible 'autorun' executable on the CD. To allow an ordinary user to do this you have to add the options user,exec in /etc/fstab to the CDROMs you want to use.

You may also use Autorun.kdelnk for KDE. Just place it in your Autostart folder.

Command strings are parsed and %P% is replaced by the mountpoint path. %D% is replaced by the device path. After that the command string will be executed using /bin/sh -c "command string";  


-a, --autorun=EXEC

Execute EXEC, if the CD changes. This executable must be located on the CD. I.e. if you specify "--autorun=myprogram", and your CD is mounted under /mnt/cdrom, after the CD is changed, autorun will attempt to run "/mnt/cdrom/myprogram". (default "/autorun")

-c, --cdplayer=CDPLAYER

Run CDPLAYER, if an audio CD is inserted (default "/usr/bin/kscd")

-i, --interval=MILLISEC

The time to wait in MILLISEC between checks (default 1000000)

-l, --lock

Lock the mounted media (unmount by hand)

-m, --mountonly

mount/unmount only (do not execute anything)

-n, --notify=STRING

Command STRING that will executed if the CD changes (default "/usr/bin/kfmclient refreshDesktop")

-t, --notify-insert=STRING

Command STRING that will executed if a CD was inserted and the autorun executable "/autorun" or the one specified with --autorun was NOT executed. (default "/usr/bin/kfmclient openURL %P%")

-e, --notify-eject=STRING

Command STRING that will executed if a CD was ejected (default "")

-q, --quiet

Don't produce any output

-v, --verbose

Produce verbose output

-?, --help,

Give this help list


Give a short usage message

-V, --version

Print program version

Mandatory or optional arguments to long options are also mandatory or optional for any corresponding short options.



Main author(s):

Harald Hoyer    E-Mail:




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Time: 13:30:51 GMT, March 14, 2001