Re: [Zaurus-general] Re: New Zaurus Wishlist - removable media handling

From: Denis Vlasenko (
Date: Thu Jun 27 2002 - 12:36:43 EST

On 27 June 2002 00:38, Larry Garfield wrote:
> What? The unified file tree? Yes, the unified file tree. The idea
> that the silver plastic round thing you just put into the front of the
> computer is accessed.... "under" the "storage" in the computer? Does
> that, conceptually, metaphorically, make sense? No, it doesn't.

"Programmatically" it makes a lot of sense.

Do you see any fundamental difference in
 from user POV?

> Nor
> does the need to explicitly "mount" and "umount" (the n having gotten
> lost while moving from one office to another a few years back) a floppy
> disk. This is one place where, I hate to say it, drive letters a la
> DOS/Windows (or some other top-level identifier) are significantly
> better from a user perspective.

You can live without mount/umount. Automounter is your friend.

It is theoretically possible to teach filesystems to sync dirty
data to removable media ASAP and to cope with diskettes being removed without
umount ("no disk? do we have diryt buffers? no? ok, implicit umount").
Who's volunteering to do that is an open question. :-)

I live with automounter with short umount timeout.

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