"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
"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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