[PC-BSD Testing] Automounting of USB drives - Why is it a problem?

Odhiambo Washington odhiambo at gmail.com
Wed Apr 15 05:15:41 PDT 2009

On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 3:09 PM, A.Yerenkow <yerenkow at uct.ua> wrote:

>  On 15.04.2009 14:50, Odhiambo Washington wrote:
> Hello List,
> For some time now, I have been baffled by one thing: Mac OS X somehow has
> FreeBSD under the hood. When you connect a USB stick (flash disk, external
> drive) to a Mac, it gets automounted, yet the same does not happen on
> FreeBSD.
> I have seen several questions being asked on this list about this feature,
> but the answer is neither here nor there.
> There is even a port (sysutils/automounter) that I believe is supposed to
> help towards this, but again it's not as easy as it seems to be.
> Now my question is just one: Why should it be this difficult for FreeBSD to
> have the automount feature within the base system?
> If OS X is doing it, Linux is doing it, FreeBSD can do it.
>  Mount usb dev, work with it somehow ( copy there or from), and then NOT
> umounted it, remove it.
> You'll probably get kernel panic and system crash. This happen in almost
> all cases.
> While BSD -Stable didn't merge new USB stack, which would behave normal in
> such situation, auto-mount not good idea.
> That's my IMHO :)

Sure, but you haven't seen a Mac OS X panic so far, right? Perhaps you
haven't seen/used any Mac, so you are not to blame:-)
All I am wondering about is why it cannot happen in FreeBSD world?

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