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Old 10-29-2007, 01:05 PM   #1
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how is the usb auto mount working ?

hi all,
I am using RHEL 4.0 on my desktop. When I plug in the usb storage disk it is detected and a shortcut is added to the desktop.
Well I would like to know what part of the OS is doing it or if it is some service.
I checked out the net and also read a few things. I have seen there is a hotplug dir in /etc however the usb.usermap file doesnot have anything other than usb-cam entries for large number of usb digital cameras. Also the /etc/init.d dir doesnot have a hotplug script. So hotplug is not doing that stuff. right ?
Ok next I see the autofs service enabled in the present runlevel and when I do a status check it shows
# > service autofs status
Configured Mount Points:

Active Mount Points:

Nothing there ! also the /etc/auto.master file is all comented out. So that isn't doing it either ! that is where I loose track.

Ok one more thing the /etc/fstab file has an entry like this :

/dev/sda /media/usbdisk vfat pamconsole,noatime,sync,fscontext=system_ubject_r:removable_t,exec,noauto,managed 0 0

Can someone tell me what is happening?!?

thanks in advance
Old 10-30-2007, 01:43 PM   #2
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..depending on distro and desktop (kde/gnome) there are several collaborations that get automount working.

For example, when using GNOME the linux HAL service, automount and gnome-volume-manager does this for you.

There are several ways to crack the nut but it depends on which base of linux (redhat / debian etc) you are using and which desktop you use.
Old 10-31-2007, 01:48 PM   #3
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thanks for your response.
I am using RHEL 4.0 and my desktop environment is GNOME.


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