Why does Sugar mount removable volumes ?

John Watlington wad at laptop.org
Wed Nov 18 07:48:13 UTC 2009

As 1.5 and other portable devices are using SD as their main storage:
What is a removable volume ?

On Nov 18, 2009, at 1:10 AM, Mikus Grinbergs wrote:

> I have the subdirectories for some Activities installed on my
> "permanent" SD card (it's in the "external" slot of my XO-1.5).
> Os42 is not mounting (at boot) my "permanent" SD card.  I
> experimented with removing the SD card's entry from /etc/fstab.
> The first time sugar came up (after boot), it did not show the
> activities on my SD card in Home View - because that SD card was not
> yet mounted at the time sugar started.  I did ctl-alt-erase to
> restart sugar.  Now sugar came up *showing* those activities.
> What I believe happened:  1) Because the system did not mount the SD
> card, sugar the first time could not "link" to the activities on it.
>   2) But sugar itself mounted all removable volumes accessible by
> the machine, including my SD card.  3) So when sugar started the
> second time, those activities could be "linked", and sugar showed  
> them.

Sounds reasonable, given my experience.   Sugar is definitely doing
the mounts into /media.

> My question -- how come Sugar mounts *all* removable volumes ?

Why not ?  It seems reasonable that a user would want to copy something
onto removable media.   (BTW, isn't there a more appropriate mailing  
list for
Sugar feature discussions, not that we don't miss the occasional one  
on devel ?)


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