Automounting of USB drives - Why is it a problem?

Ivan Voras ivoras at
Wed Apr 15 14:37:48 UTC 2009

Manolis Kiagias wrote:
> Odhiambo Washington wrote:
>> Hello List,
>> For some time now, I have been baffled by one thing: Mac OS X somehow has
>> FreeBSD under the hood. When you connect a USB stick (flash disk, external
>> drive) to a Mac, it gets automounted, yet the same does not happen on
>> FreeBSD.
>> I have seen several questions being asked on this list about this feature,
>> but the answer is neither here nor there.
>> There is even a port (sysutils/automounter) that I believe is supposed to
>> help towards this, but again it's not as easy as it seems to be.
>> Now my question is just one: Why should it be this difficult for FreeBSD to
>> have the automount feature within the base system?
>> If OS X is doing it, Linux is doing it, FreeBSD can do it.
> FreeBSD *can* automount. The problem for the time being is pulling a USB
> flash drive without unmounting.

This works better in 7-STABLE.

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