PAM (from D-Bus/HAL discussion)

Andrew Benton b3nt at
Sat Apr 8 07:50:05 PDT 2006

Dan Nicholson wrote:
> Andy, what happens if you don't have fstab entries and no HAL?

Well obviously, if there's no suitable entry in /etc/fstab then I'd have 
to become root to be able to mount something.
I don't like the idea of using a daemon running in the background all 
the time. Working out what to put in /etc/fstab and writing udev rules 
so it all works properly are part of administering a system.
For example, it would create a problem to plug 2 usb memory devices in 
at once because they couldn't both be /dev/sda1. In that situation I'd 
need to write udev rules to put the different devices on different nodes 
in /dev and then use entries in /etc/fstab to mount them in different 
places. In practice, it doesn't happen. The kids just plug in on device 
at a time.
The hard part was teaching them to right click and unmount the device 
before unplugging it. ROX works slightly better than Nautilus in that 
regard. In ROX, when you navigate away from a folder you've mounted it 
asks you if it should unmount it or take no action. In Nautilus you have 
to remember to right click and unmount it.


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