On Thursday 17 January 2008 10:08:22 pm Stroller wrote:
> Sorry for taking so long to reply to this - I've been kinda busy with
> work the last few days.
> On 6 Jan 2008, at 17:25, Alan McKinnon wrote:
> > On Sunday 06 January 2008, Stroller wrote:
> >> Hi there,
> >> I was on #gentoo yesterday asking about autofs & someone recommended
> >> ivman instead.
> >> Which does gentoo-users think I should use?
> > Dilemmas like this are best resolved by finding out what problem a
> > technology was designed to solve.
> > A good example of the kind of problem autofs solves is exporting home
> > directories on a large server that has many accounts...
> > ... With autofs you essentially tell the server
> > that this is user joe, it exports his home dir on the fly, creates a
> > directory /home/joe on his workstation (/home must already exist)and
> > mounts the NFS export there.
> > Now, you don't appear to be doing something like that :-)
> Many thanks for your reply - it was quite insightful. In fact, autofs
> would be quite useful for my /mnt/video/[a...z] volumes.
> It makes me still wonder, however, why so many people seem to use
> autofs for /mnt/floppy, /mnt/cdrom &c, tho'!
> > ... the impetus for other solutions
> > to be developed, like ivman.
> My concern over ivman - which looks ideal for much of what I want to
> do - is that it's not clear if it's maintained. For network mounting /
> usr/portage I guess I can just use NFS and just stick the mount in
> the clients' /etc/fstab, but ivman looks great for automounting
> portable media. As I said in my original posting , the state of
> ivman looks to be in a bit of a mess and I'm kinda reluctant to mess
> about with it if it's going to be obsolete in a year or two - someone
> please persuade me this isn't going to happen!!
>  http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.user/192551
I use autofs for just about everything imagineable... What's the problem with
using it for removable media?
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