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Old 12-19-2003, 10:15 AM   #1
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how to automatically partition and format drive if absent at startup


I have the need to check for a partitioned and formatted removable hard drive at boot time and mount it if present OR to automatically partition, format and mount a new drive installed in its place. Does anyone know how to script this? I was thinking about an initrd script but am not sure how to implement it. I am trying to stay away from user intervention. Automatically at boot is best but a script after login is cool too. I'm just trying to keep the user away from the root password. I have a script to do the autmount but it needs root privileges. Is there any way to put the su command into a script with the password? I know it's a bad idea but it's better than letting my users know the root password outright if I cannot script it otherwise.

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I am running RH9.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 10:59 AM   #2
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I'm assuming a removable drive of some kind? Why can't they be already partitioned and formated?

You can call a script from rc.d. I'm sure its possible but I do not know if you can run fdisk in a non-interactive mode. Formating shouldn't be a problem.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 12:36 PM   #3
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You can definately run fdisk non-interactively, I have done it. You just have to be root to do it. I am trying to find out if there is a way to do it without having root permission explicitly. I need a scripted su or to do it a boot time with a script. I have users that will remove the drive but who I do not wish to have root privileges.
 
  


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