a Mac OS X Quibble

So I’m quite the fan of my little iBook, as under-utilised as it is. However, I’ve come across a small problem, barely even a quibble, that annoys me to no end :

If a samba-connected drive (say networked from a windows box) is unexpectedly lost, while the system is using a resource on it (say, playing an MP3 in iTunes from that drive), the whole computer freaks out. If I leave it alone for about 10-20 minutes, it will extricate itself from it’s predicament (or, as I like to think of it, it will remember to count to 10, then take a deep breath and get out of the jam). But I’m rather impatient, and I don’t want to wait 10 minutes. Particularly if this is one of those few times I actually need to use something else on the iBook, like, say , Safari.

So c’mon, all you Darwin developers, find a way for my iBook to recover from a lost connection with a little more dignity than it currently has — I’m tired of force-rebooting my system (I’ve tried force-quitting applications to no real avail).

2 Replies to “a Mac OS X Quibble”

  1. On a real Unix ™ machine there is a super handy option to the ‘umount’ command: ‘-f’, which forces networked filesystems to go away. ie:

    umount -f /my/mp3/dir

    I’m sure the darwin devlprs have this covered already, they just need to let the the interface devlprs know about it.

  2. On a real Unix ™ machine there is a super handy option to the ‘umount’ command: ‘-f’, which forces networked filesystems to go away. ie:

    umount -f /my/mp3/dir

    I’m sure the darwin devlprs have this covered already, they just need to let the the interface devlprs know about it.

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