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Re: Procedure on mounting USB/hotplug devices



Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
Casey Stamper wrote:
Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
Casey Stamper wrote:
Tim wrote:
I tend to agree.  You paint yourself into a corner trying to write
fixed
rules for non-fixed media.

Especially when you write in those fixed rules and boot the system w/out
the device in there and it hangs for a good long while chewing on that
line in fstab.

That is why you use the noauto option in the fstab entry. You have
to run mount manually after plugging in the drive, but you can set
it so the user can do that.

If you do not want to use gnome-mount, then you could always fall
back on an older method. I used to have udev rules that created
meaningful symlinks when plugging in a USB drive. The fstab rules
would then use the symlink instead of a specific SCSI drive. (You
can also have udev run a command to mount the device when it is
deetected, but I didn't bother with that.)  The thing is, you can
have udev create entrys like /dev/pny128 /dev/pny1281 when you plug
in your PNY 128M pen drive, and have a fstab entry that lats a user
mount /dev/pny1281. The user runs mount /mnt/pny128 or mount
/media/pny128 and the device gets mounted.

Mikkel

Still a bit cumbersome for the "normal" user, yes? I know it's trivial
for most of us on the list as is the whole manual mount process but if
we're ever to have a wider user base, there should be a more
user-friendly technique.

I guess I don't figure the "normal" user is not going to be trying
to mount removable devices from the cli without having tools like
gnome-mount installed. Will a "normal" user be trying to manage the
system from the cli in the first place? Lets face it, the entire cli
is a bit cumbersome for the "normal" user...

Mikkel


I think that I was looking at the issue from the wrong point of view. While *I* don't need things to be necessarily user-friendly, I've been in the support business for so long that I can't help but be affected by the end-user point of view. I think it skewed my whole perception of the mount issue. For an end-user, inserting a thumb/usb drive should be painless. It should auto-mount and maybe even a new window pop up w/the contents of the drive.
p.s. BTW, always liked your sig.
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