[BLFS Trac] #2458: Automounting should be explained better

BLFS Trac trac at linuxfromscratch.org
Mon Feb 25 04:12:30 PST 2008

#2458: Automounting should be explained better
 Reporter:  alexander at linuxfromscratch.org  |       Owner:  blfs-book at linuxfromscratch.org
     Type:  task                            |      Status:  new                           
 Priority:  high                            |   Milestone:  6.3                           
Component:  BOOK                            |     Version:  SVN                           
 Severity:  major                           |    Keywords:                                
 There are some issues with the
 http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/postlfs/autofs.html page.

 1) It doesn't tell the reader about the symlink idiom:

 /media/remote_share -> /var/lib/autofs/remote_share

 The issue is that the remote share is invisible (i.e., doesn't appear in
 the file manager or in the "ls" output) until it is automounted by autofs,
 while a symlink is always visible.

 2) It tells the users to mount autofs on /media, which prevents them from
 creating subdirectories of /media manually, and may interfere with HAL.

 3) It doesn't tell that the modern way to automount removable storage is
 with HAL (upon detection), but the only way to automount network shares
 (on access) is with autofs.

Ticket URL: <http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/ticket/2458>
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