PAM (from D-Bus/HAL discussion)

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at
Fri Apr 7 18:20:42 PDT 2006

Randy McMurchy wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-04-07 at 17:56 -0700, Dan Nicholson wrote:
>> I don't want to spread FUD, but this is what I *think* gnome-vfs does
>> in the absence of HAL. I think this because it was making my CDROMs
>> available through nautilus before I was using HAL.  I think that it
>> reads in /etc/fstab and monitors those devices and directories for
>> drives and volumes.  I know there are parts of the code that read
>> fstab, and there are definitely parts of the code that monitor volumes
>> and drives.  And it isn't all dependent on HAL.  Only certain parts of
>> the code are wrapped in #ifdef USE_HAL statements.  Just a guess,
>> though.
> I appreciate your conjecture and speculation. It provides data for
> folks to think about and you may be right on the button.
> Please now explain how you think that music CDs are autoplayed in the
> absence of dbus/hal. This is something that monitoring fstab, volumes,
> directories and whatnot cannot really detect.

For one thing, automount has been around far longer than dbus or hal.

  -- Bruce

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