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How to mount bin / cue image files on Linux March 7, 2011

Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in Linux.

Mounting iso-files on Linux is quite straight forward and simple e.g. using the command line (mount -o loop image.iso /mnt) .Anyway mounting bin/cue image files is not that straight forward as they’ll need conversion to iso before mounting, however the process is quite simple, but it need a small application called bchunk. The bchunk package contains a UNIX/C rewrite of the BinChunker program. BinChunker converts a CD image in a .bin/.cue format (sometimes .raw/.cue) into a set of .iso and .cdr/.wav tracks. The .bin/.cue format is used by some non-UNIX CD-writing software (read crap windows software), but is not supported on most other CD-writing programs.

For RedHat based distributions like CentOs 5.x , this utility can be installed by the yum installer if rpmforge is on the repository list .

  • yum install bchunk
  • In order to convert a bin/cue image set:
    bchunk  image.bin  image.cue  image.iso
  • Then to mount the iso image using this command:
    mount -o loop image.iso /mnt


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