Easy USB-drive automounter and "filemanager" for nontechies?

Chris Shenton chris at shenton.org
Fri Feb 2 01:19:52 UTC 2007

I'm a longtime FreeBSD user but my S.O. just barely uses the machines
-- Pine and Firefox mostly.  Doesn't even know she has a homedir or
that there's a bunch of stuff in it.

She now has a digital recorder with a 1GB CF card that interfaces to
computers with a USB cable and she needs to get files off of.  She can
plug it into USB OK but -- as her sysadm -- I have to mount it and
copy the files off, then unmount. 

I'm looking for something like she'd get on a Mac or PC:

1. a way to automount the USB 'drive' when she plugs in
2. a visual filemanager or some other friendly way for her to see
   files and copy them off so she can mail them or whatnot.
3. a way to safely unmount the USB device when she's done   

I'm starting to play with the user-priv mounting, then will look at
telling usbd to mount the drive when it sees it... Is this is the
right technical solution?

I've got no idea about friendly GUI/filemanager with drag-n-drop or
other easy way to get files off.  She's using simple olde FVWM2 now
and I'd prefer not to load up a massive GUI like KDE or Gnome.  I just
don't know what's out there, being a command line dinosuar myself.

Any recommendations?  


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