On Thu, 2008-03-20 at 08:43 +0100, Roland Smith wrote: > On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:55:32AM +1000, Da Rock wrote: > > I'm just looking into the removable device issue for freebsd. I can see > > its easy enough to auto mount a removable device (although I could use > > some help getting sd/xd devices working with my card reader), but the > > removal seems to come unstuck. > > > > I have some barely literates on my systems, so I do need to work this > > out. Is it possible to use a forced umount to do this? What are the > > options here? > > In short, no. Removal of a USB device would be forwarded to devd(8). But > since the device is no longer there at that moment, you cannot unmount > it anymore. You might get a nice kernel panic for your efforts, though. ;-) > > The FreeBSD disk subsystem was simple not written with removable devices > in mind, because they didn't exist back then. Until that code is fixed > (which is hard) you _have_ to unmount before you pull the device out. > > One (not bullet-proof) workaround might be to use the automounter > [amd(8)], and have it unmount very quickly after they stop being > active. This requires setting both the 'cache_duration' and > 'dismount_interval' options in amd.conf(5) to very low values. > > Roland
So by active you mean device access? Or device physical connection? If its simply access, than that would be perfect- user enters the mount point, reads or writes a file, amd times out after X secs and dismounts the device. Physical could be a bit harder... Also, what docs/how-to's would you suggest for AMD? I looked at the man and some freebsd doc pages, but another viewpoint would help. Specifically some more docs on the settings you mention. Bullet-proof is not exactly necessary- nice, but not critical. Suggestions for bullet-proof are very welcome though. What is the worst that can happen if dismounting is not entirely successful? Keeping in mind that this is mostly a desktop system. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"