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Re: F8devel - Review HAL policy about hiding partitions



For NTFS there is the tool called ntfs-config which changes the
policy. Maybe this should be generalised to a tool for all storage
formats? (call it system-config-storage or summat?)

Also, is /etc/fstab not on it's way out? I thought the plan was for it
to be autogenerated at some point?

On 16/06/07, Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at> wrote:
Otto Rey <otto_rey <at> yahoo.com.ar> writes:
> Why we continue hiding partitions with HAL policy
> (/usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/
> 99-redhat-storage-policy-fixed-drives.fdi)??

Call me old-fashioned, but IMHO mounting of fixed disk partitions is
what /etc/fstab is for. (And I'm not even a sysadmin, just a home user
adminning my own machines.)

> It's for security?

Not only, see the bug report this was discussed in. The other problems with the
automounting were:
* mountpoint not easily settable (An easy way to set a HAL policy fixing the
mountpoint could help there. But you'll still see resistance from sysadmins who
won't understand why they have to learn a new way when /etc/fstab has worked
fine for ages.)
* default mountpoint can be different across reboots (Is this problem resolved
yet? Fixed partitions should really be mounted to the same place at each
reboot.)
* "updating" of ext2/ext3 partitions containing older GNU/Linux distributions
with new ext3 features, making those fail to boot (I see no easy solution for
this one.)

IMHO, the best way to deal with fixed disk partitions would be to offer an easy
setting to add them to fstab within Anaconda, or maybe firstboot. I really
don't understand the advantage of HAL over fstab for fixed disks. HAL is great
for stuff which can be unplugged or inserted at runtime, but we're talking
about fixed disk drives here.

        Kevin Kofler

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