How to add a CD-ROM to the sources.list file in Debian

To install packages from CD or a set of CD’s, a CD-ROM can be used for installing packages or updating a system automatically with APT. Use apt-cdrom from the command line to add CD’s to the apt sources.list file.

In a terminal type the following command to add CD-ROM to the sources.list file:

sudo apt-cdrom add

If the CD-ROM configuration is a little unusual, use the following options:

-h          – program help
-d           directory – CD-ROM mount point
-r           – Rename a recognized CD-ROM
-m         – No mounting
-f           – Fast mode, don’t check package files
-a          – Thorough scan mode

For example:

sudo apt-cdrom -d /home/mycdrom add

A CD-ROM can also be identified without adding it to the list:

sudo apt-cdrom ident

Note that this program only works if your CD-ROM is properly configured in the system’s

/etc/fstab