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Author: Steve Litt
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] For all you automounter programmers
On Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:25:02 -0400
fsmithred <fsmithred@???> wrote:

> On 04/26/2016 09:32 PM, Steve Litt wrote:
> > On Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:19:32 -0400
> > fsmithred <fsmithred@???> wrote:
> >
> >
> >> I like pmount for mounting usb devices. It's pretty smart. For
> >> removable devices, you don't need to list them
> >> in /etc/pmount.allow, and it handles encrypted filesystems
> >> (cryptsetup/luks).
> >
> >
> > Ahh, now I remember. Pmount isn't an AUTOmounter, you still must
> > tell it which device to mount. It doesn't mount the second you plug
> > in your thumb drive.
> >
> > Therefore: pmount, when combined with the inotifywait automounters
> > we've all made, should be perfect.
> >
> > Those pmount automounter commands should run as the user who plugs
> > in the thumb, so rather than running straight from the init, they
> > should probably run when you log in, and if there's already a copy
> > running when you log in, it does nothing.
> >
> > SteveT
> >
> That's pretty much what my usb-mounter does. Inotifywait runs when
> you log into the desktop, and when you plug in a thumb drive, it pops
> up a window showing you the partitions on that device. You then
> choose one to mount, and the script runs pmount in your name.

That sounds *perfect* to me, always assuming the "window" is a CLI
question and answer i X isn't running. Where's the source code? I'd like
to start using it.

Somebody suggested we package an automounter for Devuan. What you
describe sounds like the right thing.

> Bypassing the popup window and automounting would be a simple edit,

My no-user-confirmation version was problematic and vaguely disturbing.
I'd leave the user in the loop.

> as would making it work without a gui.

Yes. This being Devuan, some facility for asking and recieving an
answer should be provided even if X isn't runnnig.

> I don't know what happens if
> there are multiple users logged in at the same time, but that might
> be an edge case.
> So, who else beside you and me wrote something to mount thumb drives?


Steve Litt
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