okay ... retrieved laptop ...
the same line for me reads:
REGISTER ^cdroms/cdrom0$ CFUNCTION GLOBAL symlink cdroms/cdrom0 cdrom
changing to the same as below solved the problem ...
(it's a 2.4.8mdk something kernel ...)
I intend bringing it bang up-to-date when I get time and bandwidth ...
(downloading kernel sources via a GSM dialup isn't fun !)
> -----Original Message-----
> On my (Debian) box, /etc/devfs/devfsd.conf contains the line:
>> REGISTER ^cdroms/cdrom0$ CFUNCTION GLOBAL symlink $devname cdrom
>> ... which is what creates the /dev/cdrom symlink. (It means "when the
> kernel or a module registers a CD-ROM device, create a link to the
> device name from 'cdrom' in /dev"). You should have something
> similar, or if Mandrake ships with an older devfsd, it might be in the
> "symlinks" file or the "symlinks.d" directory under /etc/devfs.
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