Question about noexec flag in HAL

Kris Moore kris at
Tue Apr 29 19:25:10 UTC 2008

Hopefully just a quick question. In the past I've had to compile HAL 
with a patch to disable the noexec flag from being used when mounting 
CD's. The lines in question are below:

#ifdef __FreeBSD__
#define MOUNT           "/sbin/mount"
-#define MOUNT_OPTIONS   "noexec,nosuid"
+#define MOUNT_OPTIONS   "nosuid"
#define MOUNT_TYPE_OPT  "-t"

This has been rather of a pain, since I don't want to keep making a 
custom patch to remove this flag. Is there some other easy way to remove 
the noexec flag from being used in CD mounting? I've tried by putting 
this in my /usr/local/etc/hal/fdi/policy/preferences.fdi file:

  <match key="volume.fstype" string="iso9660">
     <merge key="volume.policy.mount_option.noexec" 

However, it doesn't seem to make a difference :(

Any other hints? Or am I stuck patching HAL itself?


Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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