device-automounter moved to kdereview

Sven Burmeister sven.burmeister at
Mon Aug 17 09:52:13 BST 2009

Am Montag, 17. August 2009 08:09:11 schrieb Kevin Ottens:
> On Sunday 16 August 2009 23:04:01 Sven Burmeister wrote:
> > > 2) AutomountEnabled should have false by default. So that means that
> > > (with the previous change) automounting is completely shutdown by
> > > default. We can't really afford having something doing automounting
> > > enabled by default for the reasons I pointed out above (multi-user
> > > envs, formatting, etc.)
> >
> > I disagree at least in parts because I claim that newbies and "normal"
> > users, i.e. those with less knowledge should be the ones defaults aim at.
> Except that the use case for that are people with knowledge about what
> mount/unmount is and want to access their device *now* from the console
> without mounting first. Those obviously have enough knowledge to turn on
> the automount and I don't plan to optimize for them (I'm one of those BTW).
> For all the other users out there, the "mount on demand" as it is
> implemented right now is enough. Anywhere you could access a device from
> the UI we mount as soon as the user tries to make a first access attempt.
> It's not like they need to know what mounting is...

Are you sure? Did you search mailinglists or bugzilla for bugs/comments that 
want automounting and wonder were it is gone or why Windows has it etc.? There 
is for example or or Have a look at the number 
of users in CC, are they all experts and want automounting because of that or 
are they rather normal users?

Automounting is not for people that know how to mount or what it is, its for 
easy access to your devices without knowing how to mount it or the need to 
wonder why Openoffice fails to save a document although the stick it should be 
put on is already attached etc.


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