On Sun, Mar 28, 2004 at 02:58:01PM -0600, Jay Moore wrote: > On Sunday 28 March 2004 12:44 am, Malcolm Kay wrote: > > On Sunday 28 March 2004 11:43, Jay Moore wrote: > > > I have a FreeBSD 4.9 system; I am also running KDE... > > > > > > I'm building this system for my son (college student) <snip >... > > > </snip> ................... how to make the cd-rw & cd-rom devices > > > usable without requiring him to start a root shell and mount/umount these > > > devices. > > > > 1) Should I automount cd's? > > > > Depends what you mean by auto-mount > > Good point... I guess what I'd really meant is automount in the Windoze sense > of the word; i.e. if I put a music cd in I can play music, if I put a data cd > in I can read the files. I (regular joe user) don't have to su, or sudo to > mount the device, and if I put a music cd in I don't cause a panic by trying > to mount the device as a file system. In short, I want an automount that can > figure out whether I've got a music cd or a file system, and "do the right > thing". > > > > 2) What is the "best way" to allow ordinary users to mount cd's? > > > > The best way is inevitably a matter of opinion. > > But it can be done without installing any additional ports. > > I found a fairly complete (although slightly dated) recipe for using the amd > and sysctl functions to handle automounting for regular users at this URL: > > http://www.daemonnews.org/200202/automounting.html > > But there are two things that concern me: > 1) once the file system cd is mounted, a fixed amount of "no activity" time > must pass before it is umount'd > 2) security implications ?!! > > Item 1) is a concern mostly 'cause it's just kind of kludge ("oh yeah, I have > to wait for 60 seconds before I can eject my data cd"). Item 2) is a concern > 'cause college campuses are the most hostile network environments I've ever > seen. > > I don't mean to sound critical (really)... maybe there's just no good way to > do this in FreeBSD. If that's the case, maybe WinXP is the best route for the > "average user".
Sounds like what you want is vold(8) and associated utilities: http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=vold&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=SunOS+5.9&format=html Unfortunately, I don't think anyone has ported it from Solaris yet, although there is this: http://vold.sourceforge.net/ There's also 'autodiskmount' on MacOSX which fulfils a similar function, which might be an easier thing to port. http://www.hmug.org/man/8/autodiskmount.html Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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