[clug] Re: Software Feedom Day [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Mon Sep 17 14:21:03 GMT 2007

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Sam Couter wrote:
> jrc <jrc at anbg.gov.au> wrote:
>> To the list of deterrents below I would add:
>> d) The need to individually find, identify and mount each physical HD on the
>> system beyond the first one.
> You think it's better to give each drive a label which changes
> arbitrarily and which can't be transparently inserted into your
> filesystem hierarchy where you want? Count me out of that mess, it's a
> bad joke.

I think what jrc wants here is a couple of mountpoints, but obviously it would
be nice to avoid having to edit your /etc/fstab file and do mount -a in order
for your partitions to show up.  The '/media'-based mount point for removable
file systems would be a good place to put them.  I suppose the only real issue
is whether everyone actually wants all their storage volumes mounted if
they're not actually listed in /etc/fstab.  But since I think he's talking
about having this only happen on boot, it might still make sense.

How about something like this: a process that, when you log in, checks whether
all the active partitions are mounted, and if not creates mount points and
entries in /etc/fstab and mounts them.  It would allow you to select which
partitions to mount in this way, where to mount them (/media/$volume_label by
default) and which to never bother you about.  It could be installed
automatically by your distro's install process if the new user specifically
requested it, but would otherwise be left uninstalled.

Sound reasonable?

Have fun,

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