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Old 03-10-2002, 03:39 PM   #1
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Mounting floppy/cdrom in WindowMaker

Here's a pretty simple problem but i can't find any decent answer:

I'm using Mandrake 8.1 with WindowMaker. I need to simply mount my CDROM and Floppy to get some files onto the hard drive. This is simple in KDE or GNOME because of the icons on the desktop. Not so simple in Window Maker.

I can mount it manually by:
1) logging in as root or SU
2) mount the drive
3) do my biz
4) unmount
5) logout,
but that gets tiring very fast. I would like to be able to grab things off the floppy and cdrom without being root/su.

[side point]: When i first tried Debian, the version of gmc (file manager) that came with it plopped a coupla nice icons on the screen for me to access the floppy and cdrom. Not so with the version i got with mandrake. In fact none of the file managers will let me mount those drives.

Is there a simple solution to this (that doesn't require me to stop using WindowMaker)?
Old 03-11-2002, 06:22 AM   #2
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You shouldn't need to su to root in order to mount your devices. You could try running gkrellm, this has a little thing that lets you mount/umount devices. It's quite good.
Old 03-11-2002, 10:57 AM   #3
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just add a user entry to every device you want to mount as a user in your /etc/fstab.
/dev/hdc /cdrom auto defaults,user 0 0
just add that user bit and your done


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