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

Fabrizio Parrella fabrizio at bibivu.com
Wed Apr 15 05:30:34 PDT 2009

FreeBSD should not "automount" USB devices.. PC-BSD should....

I haven't tried in 7.x, but in 1.5.1 was recognizing my usb key without a problem.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Odhiambo Washington 
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  Cc: PC-BSD Testing list 
  Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:50 AM
  Subject: [PC-BSD Testing] Automounting of USB drives - Why is it a problem?

  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.

  Best regards,
  Odhiambo WASHINGTON,
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