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

Joe Holden joe at joeholden.co.uk
Fri Feb 2 01:58:02 UTC 2007

Chris Shenton wrote:
> 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?  
> Thanks.
> _______________________________________________
IIRC, you can have usbd execute $stuff, i'm not sure to the extent of 
how useful it is however.
Sorry i'm not much help

Joe Holden
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