diskd(1)                    General Commands Manual                   diskd(1)

       diskd - disk daemon; wait for disk to be inserted

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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
       few month of usage.

       -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  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.

See Also
       Fdutils' texinfo doc

fdutils-5.5                         03Mar05                           diskd(1)
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