For context, I'll paste both the part of C&H that you quoted, as well as the part that occurs after it.
The /dev/cdrom line in /etc/fstab is commented out by default, as it interferes
with HAL. HAL defaults to on, so if you do not wish to use it, you will need
to chmod -x /etc/rc.d/rc.hald and uncomment the /dev/cdrom line in /etc/fstab
Note that HAL will honor settings in /etc/fstab if a device is present there,
so you could technically have removable devices defined in /etc/fstab, but if
the fstab settings do not allow normal users to mount them (with the "user" or
"users" option), then HAL/dbus will not allow them to be mounted either.
Also note that you will need to run "/etc/rc.d/rc.messagebus reload" after
adding any users to plugdev, power, or video groups so that it re-reads the
Does that not answer your question?
In other words, if you put the partitions in /etc/fstab as you would have done in earlier releases of Slackware, *and* the /etc/fstab entries would allow you (as a normal user) to mount the partitions, then HAL will honor those settings. Therefore, if your /etc/fstab file has this:
/dev/hda /cdrom auto noauto,user,noexec,ro 0 0
/dev/usb1024 /usb2 vfat noauto,user,rw,dmask=0022,fmask=0133 0 0
then you will be able to mount your cdrom drive and/or your usb thumbdrive in KDE or Xfce (or any other HAL-aware desktop environment), but instead of mounting them to /media/whatever, they will be mounted where and with whatever options are specified in /etc/fstab.
Last edited by rworkman; 07-04-2007 at 06:18 PM.