[K12OSN] mount remote share, launch file manager, unmount share--how?

Rob Owens rowens at ptd.net
Thu Mar 22 23:00:02 UTC 2007

As someone else suggested, Thunar is good.  I also like Rox filer.  Very


On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 11:39:09AM -0600, Peter Scheie wrote:
> I want to use afpfs-ng (a new version was just released) to allow students 
> to access their files on the district's "central storage server" which is a 
> Mac server that will only talk over AFP, as decreed by the district techs.  
> On the client desktops, we're using autologins, so my thought was to create 
> a create a script that queries the user for an ID & PW, then passes those 
> parameters to afpfs-ng to mount the user's personal directory from the 
> Apple server, and then call Nautilus or some other file manager and point 
> it at the mountpoint so students can get to their files.  We'd put an icon 
> on the desktop that calls the script.  Here's the tricky part: I want the 
> share to be unmounted when the file manager is shutdown. That way, all a 
> student has to do is close the file manager window and the mount will go 
> away, so another student can't come along afterward and mess with the 
> previous student's files.  The script would look something like this:
> get user ID & PW
> mount directory via afpfs-ng
> call Nautilus and point it at mountpoint
> wait until Nautilus is shut down, then unmount mountpoint
> The problem is this doesn't work with Nautilus because it's part of Gnome 
> and so doesn't maintain a separate PID that I could monitor and use as a 
> trigger for unmounting.  I suppose I could call Konqueror, but that loads 
> so much overhead that it takes a while to come up.  I'd prefer to use 
> Nautilus because it's the same, for the users, as when they open the local 
> directories.  Any ideas?
> Petre
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