Fw: KDE3 - KDE4 - hot plug discs ?

John Woodhouse a_johnlonger at yahoo.com
Wed May 30 15:54:19 BST 2012

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> From: John Woodhouse <a_johnlonger at yahoo.com>
> To: Anne Wilson <anne at lydgate.org>
> Cc: 
> Sent: Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 15:49
> Subject: Re: [kde] KDE3 - KDE4 - hot plug discs ?
> ----- Original Message -----
>>  From: Anne Wilson <anne at lydgate.org>
>>  To: kde at mail.kde.org; John Woodhouse <a_johnlonger at yahoo.com>
>>  Cc: 
>>  Sent: Tuesday, 29 May 2012, 15:56
>>  Subject: Re: [kde] KDE3 - KDE4 - hot plug discs ?
>>  On 29/05/12 10:09, John Woodhouse wrote:
>>>   One of those sounds like a feature request to me not a bug. Maybe if 
> you 
>>  suggested it in the kde forum some one might implement it. There is a 
> section 
>>  for that sort of thing. That seems to be the only available method of 
> suggesting 
>>  "improvements".
>>>   FSTAB? For me opensuse 11.4 kde 4.6 only shows what's connected. 
> My 
>>  raid array is shown as removable which I suppose it is, hot plug, but has 
> all of 
>>  the system software on it. A sata disc only shows up when plugged in. There 
> is 
>>  are a few noauto lines in it. The traditional one doesn't actually do 
>>  anything and doesn't show up in directory trees. I added it myself 
> trying to 
>>  user mount a cifs nas without involving samba and have just left it there. 
> I 
>>  haven't bothered finding out what goes on in terms of disc mounting now 
> as 
>>  it works but understand traditional mounting lines are out or on their way 
> out. 
>>  So once again is this a bug? I suspect not.
>>>   Out of interest this is what my fstab file looks like.
>>>   #// /home/john/Desktop/NAS2 cifs 0 0
>>>   UUID=d944bef4-29af-422b-8d48-b1801e5c48fd    swap    swap    defaults 
> 0 0 
>>>   UUID=b80c7369-e913-419e-8ce9-d35083ef97c5    /    ext3    acl,relatime 
> 1 1 
>>>   UUID=d54b1407-461e-4773-81a3-980528663f28    /boot    ext3    
> acl,relatime 
>>  1 2 
>>>   UUID=e6a4605d-544e-4728-b6d9-7b5daf4f164a    /home    ext3    
> acl,relatime 
>>  1 2 
>>>   UUID=0d60fab3-d37d-4e29-b794-f6ab79f9bc82    /home2    ext3    
> acl,relatime 
>>  1 2 
>>>   proc    /proc    proc    defaults 0 0 
>>>   sysfs    /sys    sysfs    noauto 0 0 
>>>   debugfs    /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto 0 0 
>>>   usbfs    /proc/bus/usb    usbfs    noauto 0 0 
>>>   devpts    /dev/pts    devpts    mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
>>>   // /home/john/Desktop/NAS cifs 
>>  rw,user=john,guid=Nas1,noauto
>>>   :-) Just hope the changes don't mean that I have to get to grips 
> with 
>>  uuid's some day. Probably does. Maybe you do.
>>>   As I may want to add a hot plug drive to my array I would be 
> interested in 
>>  any web links/info that cover adding auto mount hot plug drives via 
> uuid's 
>>  as that seems to be the method my set up uses.
>>  I haven't been following this, in fact it popped up in the middle of a
>>  thread about dual monitors!
>>  I seem to recall that someone (in this thread?) was asking about
>>  automounting devices.  In KDE, the Device Notifier settings (Right-click
>>  on Device Notifier in the system tray) gives you options to automount
>>  removable devices.  Does that help?  I would have thought that a
>>  hot-plug device would look, to the system, like a removable drive.
>>  Maybe I'm wrong.
>>  Incidentally, is it deliberate that you don't mount your NAS at login?
>>  Just wondered why.  I have some remote mounts, but they are always
>>  mounted at login.  I also use a small folderview targetting remote
>>  drives - very useful.
>>  By the way, the top-posting wasn't helpful, nor was the fact that you
>>  didn't leave any useful quote, so I couldn't tell what had gone 
> before.
>>  Anne
 Sorry about cross posting Ann. Someone  mentioned 2 kde4 "reported 
 under dual monitors and not related to monitors. My post pointed out 
 that one was really a feature request and suggested where to go to 
 suggest it - kde forum. The other I suspect is actually down to a change in what 
 might be loosely called the fstab area ie nothing to do with 
 I have to top post elsewhere far more often than btm. Different things please 
 different people in this respect. I wish people would only reply to kde and
not to posters - if this message's formar is garbled that's why. I've had to
resend it to kde.
 I switched my email from rich to plain text while writing it - I suspect 
 that explains the crop. Really people shouldn't need to complain about 
 rich text emails - they are a long way from html. :-) Anyway at least I 
 try to remember. Yahoo mail now seems to retaining the setting.
 On my NAS I mentioned this some time ago. I read / write / modify files on it. 
 KDE network folder attach was 2nd best. I had problems r/w/m with 
 certain apps. Samba was incredibly slow especially navigating 
 directories - takes a while to show sub directories, A bit like using 
 ftp servers on internet day 1 via a low speed acoustic modem - yes I 
 have done that. CIFs is directly supported by the kernel so everything 
 appears to be a normal source of files for all apps. It's also fast 
 although I believe nfs is even quicker. The only problem with mount cifs is what 
 samba have done to it - they have been asked if it's secure 
 many times - no one knows so it's crippled. At the moment this can be 
 undone by downloading and rebuilding mount cifs after setting 2 options. May not 
 last though as the latest greatest on opensuse is split in 2, 
 mount.cifs and mount.cifs,install. It's a pity distro's don't build 
 usrmount.cifs so that it would work and could be removed by people that 
 don't want it. It seems cifs was added to the kernel many moons ago for 
 diskless workstation type use. Hence it needed to be fast. I have no 
 idea if it r/w locks multiple users but for my use that doesn't matter. I 
 suspect it will as that looks to be a low level function.
 I mount and unmount manually when needed mostly to avoid rather long file search 
 times off my home directory. I could auto mount what I do now. I made a 
 suggestion on kde forums of 
 adding selective directory search - don't search options/invert 
 selection to dolphin. It seemed to get through the selection process but I have 
 no idea if it has been implemented / which releases. Both samba 
 and kde attach vastly increase boot up times. Not important really as I 
 don't reboot often but irritating when I do.
 On the read/write/modify and kde apps there seems to be an impending 
 problem. Not all apps that people run are kde ones. KDE seems to have a 
 launch facility that specifies where a file that is being worked on can 
 reside. I suspect this may be in preparation for running remote apps 
 maybe but I would expect all of those to be web based or have an 
 installled part that looks after that sort of thing. Anyway I spent many hours 
 playing with settings but couldn't get gimp,vlc,lroffice and one 
 or two other apps to work as I wanted. From error messages this seems to be down 
 to the fact that the work files were located on the network. OK but I think 
 users must be given an easy option of over riding that 
 aspect - in fact I'm more inclined to wonder why on earth KDE does it. 
 Access rights are intended to look after security. Same with mount.cifs. :-) 
 Maybe it's unfortunate that mount.cifs can be set up to run remote 
 apps but again rights can fix that as can the compile I believe but 
 maybe that's gone. I didn't look.
 :-) I'm tempted to comment on an attempt to write a noddy program to ask for 
 my nas password, log onto 
 the nas, mount a folder to it, open a dolphin window and disconnect when I 
 closed it. Quickly found that older kde noddy aids for doing this 
 sort of thing don't work anymore and all is not what it seems at higher 
 levels. Even Kevin's suggestion on that score was way out of date. Also 
 looked like the dolphin launch aspect was not as it should be. 
 Documentation - zero really at the time.
 Remote folders in a folder - sounds like a fix for one of the complaints 
 mentioned earlier.
 Please excuse any odd typo's - whipped this up rather quickly.
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