[CentOS] USB, AutoMount & VNC
boisvert.guy at videotron.ca
Sat Mar 28 15:50:25 UTC 2009
Frank Thommen wrote:
> Guy Boisvert wrote:
>> It make senses if you're running a box headless (it will be headless
>> soon, now i'm testing it with K+V+M attached). We're using a CentOS box
>> to plug USB Flash drive & external hard drive into it. The CentOS box
>> is then used to FTP the content of these external drives to a Winblows
>> box, all that filtered by a firewall between the 2 boxes. Only FTP is
>> Doing some tests on the CentOS box, i saw that if i log into the
>> console, then the local session and the remote VNC sessions will see the
>> drives automounted. If i log out of the console, then the VNC session
>> won't see anything. It's like the automount works only if somebody is
>> logged at the console.
> I assume that with "console" you mean X11/desktop manager. In this case
> Gnome or KDE handle the mounting of removable devices for you. The
> automounter hasn't anything to do with it.
Yes, X11/DM, logged locally on the "physical" console. Thanks for the
hint on automount.
> If you want the automounter to handle removable devices, then you'll
> have to add appropriate automounter map entries. Something like
> /media /etc/auto.media
> usb :/dev/sda1
> or you could use a program map like the following (not my invention, I
> took this from the autofs mailing list):
> if ntfs-3g.probe /dev/sda1; then
> echo "-fstype=ntfs-3g,other-opts :/dev/sda1"
> echo "-fstype=vfat,other-opts :/dev/sda1"
> You'll probably find other examples on the net.
> I'm not sure if such an automounter setup collides with Gnome/KDE
Thanks for your help Frank.
The problem i have is that it won't necessarily be the same devices
plugged to this box and the user could even plug many devices at the
So i read many articles on the net but i'm kinda lost about where to
start for this problem.
Anyway, i'm still reading an thanks again for your help!
Guy Boisvert, ing.
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