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       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
       automatically 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
              command  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
              automatic 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