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deaton
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:16 am    Post subject: Conditional Mount? Reply with quote

This might sound trivial to a sysadmin, but I'm still an ameteur.

I have an external scsi drive (/dev/sdx). I have no problem mounting if it's up and running at boot time, it shows up in /proc/scsi/scsi. However if I bring the drive up post boot, nothing shows up in /proc/scsi/scsi and I can't mount it.

I am using devfs.

Does anyone know a way to test if the external drive is up and running post boot? And how to mount it at that time.

The drive(s) are hot-swappable and I'm not running an automounter (yet).

Ultimately, I'd like to run a cron job that tests if the drive is online, and write a .tbz to it if it is, or abort if it isn't. I just don't know how or what to test for if it's online or not, or even if I can test for it. (except for /proc/scsi/scsi, which only shows up if the drive is up at boot time)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the SCSI drivers compiled into the kernel, or as modules? Perhaps you could use 'em as modules, and do a modprobe on 'em and see if they'll bring up a drive that way. That's how I can get my hot-swappable CDRom bay on my laptop to work (not using devfs, though) - I rmmod the appropriate module, swap the bay, and then modprobe the module again. Perhaps that'll work in your case?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:) thanks!

I new it had to easy. I was loading the scsi modules with /etc/modules.autoload.
I just took it out, added the modprobe statement to my script and viola.
I should of thought of it myself.

Thanks again
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2002 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh yeah!
I also added a rmmod statement at the end of my script so it would work if the drive went offline between (monthly) cron jobs.
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