Originally Posted by catkin
autofs (automounter?) does not mount drives until they are accessed.
Using Xfce on Slackware 13.0, Thunar (Xfce's file system browser (a.k.a file manager) shows inserted drives greyed out and they are not mounted until browsed.
and this is exactly what my problem is.
thanks for clearification.
I do not like external disk mount failures, and fstab configurations which have to be written for each disk.
the way hald mounts drives is less problematic than fstab does.
Up to now, linux was perfect for my computer and disks which were online all the time. But I want my computer "restartable" and my expernals "plug-unplugable" now.
This is also an important request from developers.