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10 Ways to Reduce Removable Media Headaches in Linux

Dec 03, 2008, 05:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"In the old days of UNIX, removable media was seen in the same light as the PC itself -- multi-user. So when you inserted some form of media (usually a floppy disk, back then), it had to be mounted to a mount point (such as /mnt/floppy) and was then made available to all users on the system. Because of this, the removable media synchronization wasn't "on demand." It typically worked by caching the data until the media was unmounted. Upon unmounting the media, the data was written and the media could be removed.

"Linux has caught up to the needs of today's user and, in many cases, the media mounting/unmounting is automatic. But not every situation is the same. Here are some tips that should make your Linux life with removable media better."

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