xfce and mounting

Mads Michelsen chochem at gmail.com
Thu Apr 10 20:04:11 CEST 2008


I'm trying to understand about mounting and what role XFCE/thunar plays in
it and how to control it.

1) Who does what? What does HAL do, what does thunar (volman) do? And I take
it that the Places panel-plugin is just a shortcut for the thunar

2) Is there a way to control the (auto)mounting of external filesystems same
way as /etc/fstab controls those mounted at boot? (i.e mountpoint, owner,
options, etc.)?

3) I'd like to be able to control some simple mounting/unmounting operations
by way of shortcut keys and incorporate some functionality into scripts,
e.g. toggle mount status for drive X, mount-if-not-currently-mounted, drop
all external mounts etc. Using umount and mount just doesn't seem to
integrate well with thunar's mounting: manually mounting a drive that is
registered as a drive in the places plugin seems to confuse it (directing
thunar to the mount point results in a neverending load). Also, I can
unmount whatever thunar has (auto)mounted using umount, but umount requires
root privileges and the places plugin doesn't. So is there a way to do these
operations by sending commands to thunar/places/HAL (as I said in the first
question, I'm really not sure what does what)?

Thanks in advance,
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