I want to find out if there is a CD drive on a remote server running Red Hat Linux release 7.3 (Valhalla).

Based on what I can see in fstab, /proc/devices, /proc/ide/ide0/ it seems like there is a CD drive, but is there any way I can verify it?

# lshw -C disk

Should give you what you want.

Edit: Already here : How can I find out what hard disks are attached to a linux box

  • Neither hwinfo nor lshw are available and I don't want to install anything on it. Give you an upvote anyway as it may be useful another time. – Erik I Nov 23 '10 at 22:17

The best way would probably be to run dmesg and see what devices were enumerated by the kernel.

  • Have tried. The server has an uptime of over 200 days so anything from the boot is gone long time ago. – Erik I Nov 23 '10 at 22:19

Check what can tell you /var/log/dmesg for IDE devices.
Try to use "eject" command and see what will tell you.

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