USB Pen Drive Works Great - Request for icon

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at
Mon Sep 20 07:12:37 UTC 2004

Hi J.B.!

Seems that on some occasions we are faster than the users :-)

On 2004-09-20  2:07 -0500, J.B. Nicholson-Owens wrote:
> Would it be a good idea to mount some removable media (floppies, 
> USB/Firewire drives) without a buffer so that if the user removes the media 
> from the computer the system can notice the removal and do the unmount 
> without requiring the user to do it?  

In fact all USB and FireWire devices are already mounted without write
caching (buffering) and also the automatic unmounting after just
ripping out the device already works. :-)

However, you cannot just rip out a CD-ROM, because the tray is locked,
and just ripping out a USB drive is not really safe: if they are still
open applications that use the drive, these get screwed up. That's why
we want to provide an obvious, easy and consistend unmount interface.


Martin Pitt             
Ubuntu Developer  
Debian GNU/Linux Developer
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