include supermount for removable media

Bug #184620 reported by Michael B. Trausch on 2008-01-20
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Declined for Dapper by Steve Langasek
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Bug Description

This is a wishlist item to add the supermount package into the Ubuntu family of systems to manage floppy drives, CD and DVD drives, USB keys, and other removable filesystems.

It would be nice if the user would be able to choose whether supermount or the current HAL managed system would be used for entire classes of drives; for example, maybe using supermount for USB floppy discs and CD/DVD drives is great, but not so much for USB keys or USB hard drives.

The advantage that supermount would provide would be the ability to treat mountpoints that belong to the floppy disk and other removable drives like can be done in Windows: they can be removed when not in use, and all writes to the media would be completely synchronous (e.g., the 'cp' program would return when it becomes safe to remove a floppy when a file is copied to it).

This inclusion request would require some sort of glue to tie it into the system, and that is beyond the ability that I have. However, it would greatly reduce the work required since it would eliminate the mounting and un-mounting of media.

Pastychomper (pasty-chomper) wrote :

I used supermount from ~2001 to 2008 on 2 different distributions. Coming to Ubuntu early in 2008 I found its automounting method annoying as I had to wait a few seconds for the system to recognise a new medium, and perhaps ask me what to do with it, before I could mount and use the medium. I understand Supermount isn't perfect but I believe it would be an improvement on the current system, and more friendly to new users.

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