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I know my CD-ROM device (/dev/sr0) but how can I detect from a script whether the drive is empty or whether there is a disk in it?

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You can get information about any block device using the command blkid.

[root@arch32-vm ~]# blkid /dev/sr0
/dev/sr0: UUID="2013-05-31-23-04-19-00" LABEL="ARCH_201306" TYPE="iso9660" PTTYPE="dos"
[root@arch32-vm ~]# echo $?

If I remove the disk, I don't get any output and exit value is 2. (0 means success. A non-zero value will typically mean something abnormal happen or an error occurred)

[root@arch32-vm ~]# blkid /dev/sr0
[root@arch32-vm ~]# echo $?
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blkid detects partitions, If i put a audio CD, it is not detected. Didn't find a easier solution than create a program using ioctl as described in stackoverflow.com/questions/15652520/… –  BatchyX May 17 '14 at 19:55

Try mounting the device.

mount -t iso9660 /dev/sr0 /mnt/cdrom

Then check the return value $?

If the return is 0, "good" then there was disc present. Else, it will return not good "1" or anything but "0"

So to check silently, I would script it as so.

mount -t iso9660 /dev/sr0 /mnt/cdrom >/dev/null 2>&1
if [[ $? -gt 0 ]]

This is a very simplistic example, but you could do something similar...

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Isn't that -gt should be -eq ? –  SHW Feb 11 '14 at 6:56

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