RMVOLMGR(8) Maintenance Procedures RMVOLMGR(8)


rmvolmgr - HAL-aware removable volume manager


/usr/sbin/rmvolmgr [-chns]


The rmvolmgr command is a volume manager that can automatically mount and
unmount removable media and hot-pluggable storage. The default mount
point is /media.

rmvolmgr is one of a number of Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)-aware
tools that are shipped with the Solaris operating system. See hald(8).

Multiple instances of rmvolmgr can be run simultaneously. A system
instance of rmvolmgr runs by default as a service management facility
(SMF) service (see smf(7)). Its fault management resource identifier
(FMRI) is:


You can run your own instance of rmvolmgr by adding it to the .xinitrc
file or a similar session startup script. In such a case, the system
rmvolmgr instance will not manage volumes that belong to you, the owner
of the startup script. For example, a user logged on to the workstation
console (/dev/console) who invokes his own instance of rmvolmgr will own
locally connected devices, such as CD-ROM drives and devices connected to
the local USB or FireWire ports.

In addition to mounting volumes under /media, rmvolmgr also creates
legacy symbolic links under /cdrom, /floppy, and /rmdisk.

rmvolmgr also provides backwards compatibility with CDE removable media
interfaces by maintaining notification files under /tmp/.removable. This
functionality can be disabled by using the -c option.

The -c and -n options can also be specified as SMF properties. See


The following options are supported:

Disable CDE compatibility.

Display help information and exit.

Do not create legacy mountpoint symbolic links.

Invoke in system instance mode.


Example 1: Using SMF Properties to Set Options

The following svccfg(8) command and subcommands use SMF properties to set
the -c and -n options.

example# svccfg
svc:> select rmvolmgr
svc:/system/filesystem/rmvolmgr> listprop rmvolmgr/*
rmvolmgr/legacy_mountpoints boolean true
rmvolmgr/cde_compatible boolean true
svc:/system/filesystem/rmvolmgr> setprop \
svc:/system/filesystem/rmvolmgr> setprop rmvolmgr/cde_compatible=false
svc:/system/filesystem/rmvolmgr> exit


See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

|Interface Stability | Volatile |


attributes(7), hal(7), smf(7), hald(8), svccfg(8)

November 28, 2006 RMVOLMGR(8)