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

A.Yerenkow yerenkow at uct.ua
Wed Apr 15 05:56:01 PDT 2009


On 15.04.2009 15:48, Odhiambo Washington wrote:
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM, A.Yerenkow <yerenkow at uct.ua 
> <mailto:yerenkow at uct.ua>> wrote:
>
>     On 15.04.2009 15:15, Odhiambo Washington wrote:
>>     On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 3:09 PM, A.Yerenkow <yerenkow at uct.ua
>>     <mailto: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?
>>
>     You probably not aware that Apple don't cares at all of FreeBSD,
>     and simple took it's code, reworked it out and keep it closed.
>     So, in this OS, partially based on FreeBSD such kernel panics not
>     happens.
>     But we are talking not about Mac OS X closed-source internal
>     things? :) We are talking about "why not >>>  in FreeBSD >>>>".
>     This _can_ happen in FreeBSD world, we need just some patience,
>     and wait for new USB-stack being completed and polished.
>
>
> So your contention is that the USB code (usb2 to be precise) is not 
> yet ready on FreeBSD and that is the reason, right?
My assumption that there must be some reason (which I even couldn't 
know), why it's not yet merged in 7-stable :)

>
>
>     We aren't big software company, which if wants some feature to  be
>     completed in month - hired and _payed_ a lot of workers.
>     FreeBSD world is volunteers world, and all software here is ready
>     only when it's ready :)
>
>
> This one I know:-)
> That is why I am not throwing tantrums.
>
>
> -- 
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