Path for ISO Share Folders

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Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby T-One » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:53 pm

Hello,

is it possible to set a path where the mounted ISO Share folders are displayed? If i Mount a ISO file via the "ISO Share Folders" Menu the mounted ISO will be displayed at the top of my NAS in /[isofoldername] but i want them to be mounted in a subfolder of my qnap, is that possible? I have about 40 ISO-Files to mount and with all ISOs mounted at the top-level it will be get pretty messy.

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby T-One » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:18 pm

nobody an idea?

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby T-One » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:45 pm

*bump*

best support page ever.... is here even someone from qnap who gives a **...?

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby schumaku » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:56 pm

A wish is a wish ... what you you expect?

Further on, this is community forum and not an official support channel. Support can't help on suggested features and wishes. TIme will tell if you find more users supporting your suggestion, and raising the demand, or if you will reamin alone with the idea.

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby T-One » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:42 pm

It was a question if it is possible...... not a wish or feature-request. so regarding to your answer i think its not possible at all?

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby schumaku » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:02 pm

Look, anything is possible - however its not implemented in this way...

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby T-One » Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:00 pm

Do you know where the qnap software stores the configs for the loop mounts?
maybe i can change them by hand...

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby TascaP » Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:18 pm

Good suggestion!

Any news?

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby pwilson » Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:32 am

T-One wrote:Do you know where the qnap software stores the configs for the loop mounts?
maybe i can change them by hand...


If you don't want to use the built-in functionality for this, then you should not mess with the config file it uses at all.
You can mount ISO images on your NAS using the same "mount" commands as any other Linux distro.

To figure out how to do this please consult Google.

There are issues to consider when working on an embedded Linux machine, so please research this very carefully.
For example the "/etc/fstab" on your NAS resides in the RAMdisk, so you'll need to figure out how to manipulate it safely at each boot to get the desired results. If you are Linux CLI savvy, then perhaps you'll want to look into it. If you aren't then you would be well advised to not attempt it.

I can share that it is possible. (I do it here, in order to support my PXE Server on my NAS). I am loath to provide a script example of how I do it, as playing with the "mount" command can be dangerous if not used properly. Please research it yourself, so that you are fully aware of the issues in play.

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby denniskarlsson » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:30 pm

Old thread. But this really need to be fixed.

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby pwilson » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:45 am

denniskarlsson wrote:Old thread. But this really need to be fixed.


It ain't broken.

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We can't do much to help you with your undisclosed Firmware Version/Build on your NAS Model: None. Perhaps if you provided some information for us we could actually help. Have you tired looking at the correct manual for whatever NAS model you are actually using?

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby denniskarlsson » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:48 am

pwilson wrote:
denniskarlsson wrote:Old thread. But this really need to be fixed.


It ain't broken.

Please review: When you're asking a question, please include the following.

We can't do much to help you with your undisclosed Firmware Version/Build on your NAS Model: None. Perhaps if you provided some information for us we could actually help. Have you tired looking at the correct manual for whatever NAS model you are actually using?

The problem is that the path is not configurable from the GUI and that problem is not fixed.

My NAS is not selectable in the forum.

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby P3R » Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:21 am

denniskarlsson wrote:The problem is that the path is not configurable from the GUI and that problem is not fixed.
There is nothing to "fix" as it isn't broken. It simply was never designed to work the way you want.

It could of course be implemented as a new feature, if enough people requests it. Considering the action in this thread, the demand seem to be minimal but please contact Qnap support and request the feature with Qnap instead. The community here in the forum doesn't decide on what new features will be implemented.
My NAS is not selectable in the forum.
Yes it is. TS-X69 Pro applies to the complete line of TS-X69 Pro models, regardless of number of disk bays (the "X" signifies that it could be replaced with any number, including an "8").
RAID have never ever been a replacement for backups. Without backups on a different system (preferably placed at another site) you will eventually lose data!

All data storage consists of both the primary storage and the backups. It's your money and your data, spend the money wisely or pay with your data!

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby denniskarlsson » Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:28 am

P3R wrote:It simply was never designed to work the way you want.

That IS the problem. And problems can be fixed. This one... very easily.


P3R wrote:...but please contact Qnap support and request the feature with Qnap instead.

I guess I'll do that.


P3R wrote:Yes it is. TS-X69 Pro applies to the complete line of TS-X69 Pro models, regardless of number of disk bays (the "X" signifies that it could be replaced with any number, including an "8").

ok, didn't see that. Thank you.

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Re: Path for ISO Share Folders

Postby pwilson » Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:03 am

denniskarlsson wrote:The problem is that the path is not configurable from the GUI and that problem is not fixed.


Forgive me, but the QNAP design makes perfect sense. They are mounted as "shares" so they can be mounted/dismounted at will. You can always setup an "ISOs" share, and then create symlinks to point to each individual ISO share as you desire from there. This would give you the "logical" layout you want, without breaking anything. :twisted:

(I too am a Linux user. I've been running Linux since 1991).

If you insist on doing this manually, simply add your mount commands to your NAS's "autorun.sh" file. (I definitely do not recommend doing this), and then manually create "shares" to point to these folders. It would be far safer to use the symlinks via a dummy "ISOs" share to provide the logical structure you are looking for.

All your "shares", including ISO Shares, get mounted at /share under QNAP's design.

Remember that creating a ISO share is a two step process, these steps are done automatically by the Firmware.
  1. It mounts the ISO file to a folder (via a Loop device)
  2. It shares the newly mounted ISO folder out via AFS, SMB/CIFS, and NFS so all your client devices can access it.

I won't help with an "autorun.sh" file for this purpose, but I am willing to help you create an "ISOs" dummy share, with symlinks to the real ones. If you want to pursue this idea, simply create the ISO shares using the Firmware, and explain the logical structure you are looking for:

Perhaps you want a logical structure such as:
/share/ISOs/Ubuntu
/share/ISOs/Redhat
/share/ISOs/Win8
/share/ISOs/Win7Sp3

I need more information in order to be able to help.

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