New standard proposal

Ben Jansens xor at
Fri Sep 26 18:20:19 EEST 2003

On Fri, Sep 26, 2003 at 04:19:07PM +0200, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> As discussed on irc, i don't agree that this brings ease of use to
> console users. It can easily cause mountpoints with spaces and other
> strange characters in them, and possibly even mountpoint names that
> don't validate as utf8/current encoding, leading to problems with
> entering the pathname.
> Furthermore i think console users are used to type a specific, short
> identifier to reach a specific device. Changing the mountpoint depending
> on what media is in the device will make it harder to find and type the
> right pathname.
> We disagree on this, so I'm interested in other peoples opinions.

I agree with Alex on this fully. If I have a script to perform some action
on files on my cdrom, it is not going to work at all if it has to guess the
volume name. If I am not aware of the volume name (which I am not for a
single CD that I own), then i cannot just browse the /mnt/cdrom dir to see
what it is, first i have to look just to find what the directory is called.

I would find working with that arrangement unpleasant and frustrating.

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