- subfs has
been dropped and will be replaced by hal plus
gnome-volume-manager (under GNOME) and some binary for KDE.
non-KDE and non-GNOME users have to mount manually. They cant
even put a line into /etc/fstab, so that a user can mount it.
And that was an error on my part, adding a line to /etc/fstab is
possible but we prefer to not do it and let the automatics work -
users can add it.
Oh good, I was about to make an exasperated post...
I don't actually know what's so bad about subfs. I do know that not
being able to change mount options in 10.0 is <censored>, but that's
hardly due to subfs.
Good things in 10.0: plug n go in less than 10 seconds, usually less
than 5. Perfect. This includes inserted CDs/DVDs - good. I don't want to
have to mount disks, one less thing to have to explain to $RELATIVE.
Perfect. Come to think of it, I don't want to have to mount my
flashcards either, thank you very much. I don't see the point of being
bothered with having to mount *any* removable media manually. I've been
selling SUSE with "hey mounting is a thing of the past, that all goes
automagic now, no need to even think about it". People love that.
1) sync with flash cards. With sync, it's unusably slow, without sync,
it's unusably dangerous. Either way, it's unusable. Solution three is
needed please. How about calling sync on the filesystem every second?
Keeps the block buffer use down and hardly slows down the writing, flash
memory is slow enough anyway.
2) Mount options. Just who had this rotten idea of mounting files on
vfat flash 755? Whatever, I want to fix that. On 10.0, it cost me half a
day and a lot of expletives which didn't go into an email. Please, mount
options come from /etc/fstab, not from some
convert-everything-to-bloody-xml-and-read-manual-for-hours disease a la
*.fdi or some hald-subfs-mount crap. Actually, a half-as-braindead
hald-subfs-mount would fix it: first, actually read the variables set by
hald and documented in the hald docs instead of graciously ignoring
them, second, complement/overwrite them with what's in /etc/fstab, in
that order, so fstab has precedence.
If some default is used without any entry in /etc/fstab, that's fine by
me, but can you make it something sane please, like including
I need to change mount options for DVDs too, otherwise I can't read my
ext2 DVDs (the only fs useful for proper backups).
3) DVD burning. I exchanged a lot of emails with Andy the last
fortnight. Problems: setfacl $user /dev/dvdrecorder, and a mounted
/media/dvdrecorder. Then $user cranks up growisofs, inserts a non-blank
DVD, and the trouble starts.
a) That disk is mounted, then overwritten by growisofs WHILE THE
FILESYSTEM ON IT IS MOUNTED. Thanks in part to SUSE making sure that
growisofs does *not* unmount subfs (bad idea(TM)).
b) $user has rw access to /dev/dvdrecorder during burn. This is just
begging for coasters. Some stracing shows that in a lot of place
open(,O_EXCL) is used, but not everywhere. The whole situation sucks and
needs fixing urgently.
But it's better than 9.2 - stick in flash card, turn the monitor off for
a minute or two, because it has about the same effect.
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