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Re: Automounters - more info wanted (was Re: Re: plextor px-708uf: cannot get disk type)

On Wed 28 January 2004 00:28, Volker Kuhlmann wrote:
> > or whatever. Then when the user actually opens the drive, the
> > automounter kicks in and it is mounted.
> In this case, you simply don't need an automounter, and SuSE
> shows that nicely. User wants to open hard disk? -> Click
> harddisk icon. User wants to open CD? -> Click CD icon. I'm sure
> my mother would be able to manage that. Neither KDE nor gnome
> automounters are even shipped by SuSE. Given the amount of
> trouble with them, one could call it foresight ;) I use autofs
> because I chose to manually enable it.

True, but having an automounter like autofs would be an easy way of 
implementing this, and it has the advantage that it'll also work 
from outside of the DE.

> > To reiterate, we still need to know how to disable KDE autorun
> > and GNOME magicdev for a single drive.
> I'd say these programs are broken if they cause coasters during
> burning. This is not for cdrecord/growisofs to fix. Lodge a
> problem report and urgent fix request with their maintainers, and
> meanwhile include a stern warning with burning software to
> obliterate this kind of nuisance software from the system during
> burning.

Well, I'd prefer to be a bit more subtle, and explain how to disable 
it for selected drives rather than removing it entirely. But to 
write the doc I need to know how...

> > Ideally, there would be a way to tell automount and magicdev to
> > turn this off from a program.
> IMHO ideally these programs would be smart enough to keep their
> hands off things which they otherwise break.

But that means that you lose all functionality if you have a single 
writer in the machine that is also used for reading. If you want it 
to work for already-written CDs, and yet not interfere with 
burning, then unless there is a non-interfering way of determining 
the disk type and/or whether it is being written, this is 

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