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documentation. However, this process is only approximative, and some
items, such as cross-references, footnotes and indices are lost in this
translation process. Indeed, these items have no appropriate represen-
tation 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.
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The diskd command has the following syntax:
diskd [-d drive] [-i interval] [-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 auto-
matically mount a disk as soon as it is inserted.
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
Gives the command to be executed when a disk is inserted. If no
command is given the program simply exits. Typically, the com-
mand mounts the disk. It can be a shell scripts which probes for
several filesystems and disk geometries until it succeeds.
* 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 auto-
matic 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.
Fdutils' texinfo doc
fdutils-5.5 03Mar05 diskd(1)
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