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Three Graphical Mount Managers

Dec 02, 2008, 21:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"PySDM begins with a listing of basic information. On the left is a tree of all devices on the system. The rest of the window is occupied by a tab that summarizes basic information about the device: Its name, mount point, filesystem format, and the options used to mount it. Except for the format, which would require a partition editor like gparted to change, all this information is editable.

"If you want to change the options used to mount the device, you click the Assistant button to open a sub-dialog. This dialog divides the options into five tabs. From the Mounting tab, you can set such basic options as who can mount the device, whether it is mounted at boot time, and whether it is mounted read-only. Under Special Files, you can change permissions, while under Journaling, you can turn off the journaling if you are using a filesystem that supports it, which will give you a slight increase in speed at the cost of making any recovering less certain. Under Performance, you can tweak the speed of disk access by whether you toggle such options as updating a file or a directory's time stamp each time that you open it, while Miscellaneous provides a home for other options, such as whether the filesystem requires a network to use. As far as I can see, most of the available options for mounting a command at boot time are listed."

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