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Re: Auto-Mounting and Unmounting CDs, DVDs, USB drives etc.

fedora-list webterminate com wrote:

Dear Fedora List,

When I show off my brand new FC3 system to Windows-centric friends, we invariably get to a point where they'd like to see me open a Windows Media File, or a MS Word Document. I'm proud that Xine and OpenOffice can do that, only to be embarassed when my computer won't return the CD they've given me the files on. I am not a friend of manually mounting and unmounting drives on my home PC (I do know the arguments about security, etc), and to my dismay I have found that FC3 continues a long tradition of Linux systems I have used in that automounting still does not work properly.
Please Help!!
I'm using KDE, and the system has been upgraded from FC2 (where I also had to mount manually, and possibly messed up the setup through installing both autofs and am-utils), so maybe that's why I still can't get it to work.
Is it too much to ask for Linux/KDE to do what Windows 95 could do almost 10 years ago? (sorry ...)
I find the layers of complexity surrounding UDEV and HAL quite disturbing, and, frankly, I hope there is a way to get things to work simply and nicely without manually editing HAL's XML config files.
So, can somebody please explain to me how to get the following to work as non-root user:
1) insert CD
2) find CD mounted somewhere (eg /media/cdrom)
3) browse the directory with konqueror
4) press the eject button on the drive
5) get the CD back a couple of seconds later
6) possibly have the Konqueror window close automatically, or react in some way (that's not really important; after all, I know the directory is not accessible any more)
with gnome-device-manager (under KDE) the mounting seemed to work fine, but it did not unmount (I had to do it manually as root)

I've found in earlier versions of Fedora I always had to kill FAM after accessing a CD in KDE, otherwise the CD would still be considered in use. Apparently FAM does not exist any more in FC3. Is this correct?

If the above procedure is in fact the standard behaviour of FC3 anyway, I guess my setup is to blame. Then I'd ask you to give me some indication of what FC3's default setup for handling CDs is. Is am-utils installed? Is autofs installed?

Sorry for the rant. I'm simply quite frustrated.

Many thanks,


I'd have to check (my FC3 machine is at home), but I think that, in KDE, if you right-click on the CD icon on the desktop, you'll have the option to eject. Click there and the CD comes... isn't it even fancier (for the show-and-tell) than mechanically having to push-a-button? (which isn't too different than sticking a paper clip into that little hole in the front :-)

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