Re: Supermount (NOT Mandrake!)

From: Con Kolivas (
Date: Sun Jun 22 2003 - 21:56:55 EST

On Mon, 23 Jun 2003 12:41, rmoser wrote:
> Okay, Mandrake's supermount is marked as stable, and it's broken
> and a piece of shit. However, supermount is useful on the iPaq and
> convienient in other places as well. I'm going to work out a somewhat
> workable alternative to that, and try to impliment it. Once I fail at that
> (some outlook on life I have, huh?), I'll put the proposal up on here for
> you all to take a shot at.
> One of the things I'm thinking about is multiple partition devices. For
> example, Zip disks. Some of us make a Zip disk a single filesystem,
> with no partition table: `mount /dev/sda /zip`. Others leave the 4
> partitions on the Zip disk when they get it: `mount /dev/sda4 /zip`.
> What to do, what to do.
> Of course the answer's simple.
> `mount supermount /zip -o device=/dev/sda,user`, and if we have 4
> partitions, /zip becomes mod a-w, and 4 new directories appear: /zip/1
> /zip/2 /zip/3 /zip/4. Then supermount mounts each partition on each of
> those, if possible. If it's a broken partition (/dev/sda[1-3] on a new zip
> disk), it's just marked mod a-w.
> Question: Can I do this? I've never programmed in the kernel before but
> i've tried several times. I know about the automounter. Can I control it
> from a virtual filesystem device? Like, on accessing /zip, could those
> dirs be created virtually, then suddenly a supermount mounted on each of
> them? I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm trying!
> I'm gonna send this before I feel too stupid to.

supermount ng is good and maintained


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