Policy, defaults and broken hardware

Joe Shaw joeshaw at novell.com
Tue Jun 1 14:43:54 PDT 2004


I think this is a good idea.

On Tue, 2004-06-01 at 23:40 +0200, David Zeuthen wrote:
> What should the defaults be? That's a really good question, it seems to
> vary what different distros do - some disable automount per default (but
> use whitelists), others use funky stuff like supermount while yet others
> use conventional methods but with blacklists instead of whitelists. 

Just out of curiosity, why would automounting not work?  (ie, can you
give some examples?)

> So, the defaults is now configurable from (drum roll), the brand new HAL
> daemon configuration file in /etc/hal/hald.conf; In [2] you can find the
> one shipped with HAL. This one is pretty liberal; it assumes everything
> works. Note that the defaults may be overridden from .fdi files; that's
> the whole point anyway of .fdi files; to give additional clues about the
> hardware. Comments on the format is welcome, I haven't given it much
> thought.

My preference for how the "upstream" version is shipped would be to be
open and have people contribute FDI files for things that don't work.  I
suspect distributors may patch it, though.


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