a humble request
ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au
Tue Feb 13 13:21:09 UTC 2007
>>>IMO, mounting by "volume name" is a very poor way to do things.
>> Okay, you have some program, let's call it SuperThing. It has a
>> collection of discs because that's how it comes. At some stage it wants
>> its disc one, later on it wants its disc two, and so on.
> Should I ever encounter that circumstance,
> I would prefer to do the mounts myself by hand, and respond to
> a prompt.
Why have a computer which automates repetitive tasks, if you're going to
much of the work yourself? Have you wiped out your fstab file, and
mount every partition by hand each time you boot up?
Back when I used an Amiga, we had disks accessible in different ways.
The first floppy drive was DF0: (device name). If you inserted a disk,
its volume name was used (e.g. Workbench:). We could also assign other
aliases to things, such as "Sys:" being the system drive that the system
booted up from (this time). The disk was addressable by either name
(assign, device, or volume).
You could refer to whatever disk was in the drive as df0: and if you
happened to have the right disk in that drive, or didn't care what disk
was in that drive (e.g. listing the contents of df0:), you were ok. But
if the wrong disk was in that drive, you were screwed. Trying to access
df0:myfile is not going to work if your disk happens to be in df1:, at
the moment. This is where arbitrary mount points fall apart, whether it
be a floppy, CD, DVD, portable hardrive, or something else.
Alternatively, you could ask for a file on the Workbench disk, and it
didn't matter where the disk was actually inserted, the system found
your file for you. i.e. Workbench:filename
The same scheme worked for hard drives, and other storage systems. The
ability, over many years, of having a system that could work both ways
showed the vast superiority of being able to get "mydisk:mydir/myfile"
as simply as that.
Later, having to deal with Windows and it's dumb drive letter business,
even worse the drive letter shuffling, was horribly backward in
comparison. And the Linux directory tree was similarly retarded (no
useful support for volume names, so it's no wonder users have no
experience at how good they are). Linux's bloody awful management of
removable media also annoys me, it's only recently got more sane.
(This box runs FC5, my others run FC4 & FC6, in case that's
important to the thread.)
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