Section: Maintenance Commands (8)Updated: 9 December 2005Local indexUp
ivman - volume manager
[ -sd ]
[ --nofork ]
[ -c <directory> ]
Ikke's Volume Manager,
is a daemon to handle the mounting of media as they are
inserted/attached to the system. It can also be used to execute
arbitrary commands when a device with certain properties is added
to the system (Windows autoplay style functionality), and to execute
arbitrary commands when device properties change. Ivman uses HAL to
monitor the state of your system's hardware.
-s or --system
Start Ivman in system-wide mode. This is the default if running Ivman
as root. When this option is specified, Ivman reads from the system-wide
configuration directory ( usually
); if this option is not specified, Ivman reads from
instead. Either of these locations may be overridden with the -c option.
Other behaviour may differ slightly when running in system-wide mode.
Don't use this option unless you know you need it.
Force Ivman not to daemonize, regardless of settings in IvmConfigBase.xml.
Useful for capturing debugging output.
-d or --debug
Force Ivman to give debugging output, regardless of settings in IvmConfigBase.xml.
-c<directory> or --confdir<directory>
Force Ivman to load configuration files from the specified directory.
Ivman is a flexible device manager, allowing users to run arbitrary commands when devices
are added/removed, when device properties change, and when devices emit conditions.
For automount purposes, Ivman should be run once from a system-wide init script and once
per user session (e.g., create a link to /usr/bin/ivman in ~/.kde/Autostart or
put an entry for /usr/bin/ivman in gnome-session-manager).
When a device is attached, Ivman will call pmount or mount to mount the device. If pmount is used, it will mount
the device readable and writeable only for the current user; if no per-user instance of
Ivman is running, the device will be mounted read/write for everyone in the same group as
is required to use the pmount command, and read-only for everyone else. If regular mount is used, then an fstab entry must exist in /etc/fstab for the device to be mounted, and the settings given in that fstab entry will be used for the mount.
Ivman is supplied with sensible default configuration files for
volume management, but autoplay functionality has no default actions;
you will need to edit
to specify some programs to execute. The syntax of this file and the
other Ivman configuration files are specified in their own manpages.