Does pmount honor mount_root?

Chris Atkinson thirtyyearswar at
Tue Oct 25 19:25:15 PDT 2005

On Mon, 24 Oct 2005 08:30:56 +0200
Martin Pitt <martin at> wrote:

> Hi Chris!

Hi Martin. Thanks for your swift reply.

> Right. /media is fixed in pmount at compile time. pmount itself knows
> nothing about hal. The hal information is fed to pmount over the
> pmount-hal wrapper.

I think I got it: mount_root doesn't really do anything, so I ignore
it and change the MEDIADIR variable and recompile if I really
miss /mnt and the old FHS that much.

>  - When I designed pmount, I wanted its policy to be self-contained,
>    i. e. not depend on external and possibly untrusted information.
>    When pmount was written, hal was an untrusted source of
>    information. It got much better nowadays, though.

I'd assume so: all of the various .fdi files can only be written by
root, so it isn't like random users could use hal to mount things
where they oughn't be.

Chris Atkinson
email: thirtyyearswar at

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