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       diskd - disk daemon; wait for disk to be inserted

Note    [Toc]    [Back]

       This  manpage  has  been automatically generated from fdutils's texinfo
       documentation.  However, this process is only approximative,  and  some
       items,  such as crossreferences, footnotes and indices are lost in this
       translation process.  Indeed, these items have no appropriate representation
  in  the	manpage  format.  Moreover, only the items specific to
       each command have been translated, and the  general  information  about
       fdutils	has  been  dropped  in	the  manpage version.  Thus I strongly
       advise you to use the original texinfo doc.

       *      To generate a printable copy from the texinfo doc, run the  following

		     ./configure; make dvi; dvips fdutils.dvi

       *      To generate a html copy,	run:

		     ./configure; make html

	      A       premade	    html       can	be	found	   at:

       *      To generate an info copy (browsable  using  emacs'  info	mode),

		     ./configure; make info

       The  texinfo doc looks most pretty when printed or as html.  Indeed, in
       the info version certain examples are difficult	to  read  due  to  the
       quoting conventions used in info.

Description    [Toc]    [Back]

       The diskd command has the following syntax:

	  diskd [-d drive] [-i msdosfiles] [-e command]

       Diskd  waits  for  a  disk  to be inserted into a given drive, and then
       either executes the command or exits. This program can be used to automatically
 mount a disk as soon as it is inserted.

Warning    [Toc]    [Back]

       This program works by switching the motor on for a very short interval,
       and then seeking to track -1. This might damage hardware  in  the  long
       run.  Amigas,  which  also  use	these techniques, are known for having
       problems with their disk drives no longer spinning up properly after  a
       few month of usage.

Options    [Toc]    [Back]

       -d drive
	      Selects  the  drive  to  observe for disk insertion. By default,
	      drive 0 (/dev/fd0) is observed.

       -i interval
	      Selects the polling interval. The interval is given in tenths of
	      seconds. Default is 10 (one second).

       -e command
	      Gives  the command to be executed when a disk is inserted. If no
	      command is given the program simply exits. Typically,  the  command
 mounts the disk. It can be a shell scripts which probes for
	      several filesystems and disk geometries until it succeeds.

Bugs    [Toc]    [Back]

       *      Automatic unmounting cannot yet be handled.  It  is  indeed  not
	      enough  to  scan	for  disk  removal,  because  when the disk is
	      removed, it is already too late: There  might  be  some  buffers
	      needing  flushing.   However,  the fdmountd program allows automatic
 unmounting by using the SYNC mount options, which switches
	      off write buffering (see section	fdmount).

       *      The  drive motor is running all the time, and on some computers,
	      the drive led flickers at each time the drive is polled.

See Also    [Toc]    [Back]

       Fdutils' texinfo doc

fdutils-5.3			    02Jul99			      diskd(1)
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