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10.5: Mount a partition or volume on demand
Authored by: pub3abn on Aug 12, '09 12:46:55PM

Thanks, that was helpful.

In my case, I am unmounting a partition of an internal drive. I don't know about Spotlight, but it seems that Time Machine is only active when a user is logged in. In any case, we've never had any problems with corruption or failure to unmount, and I've been using that unmount technique for probably a year or more. But if I get around to tinkering with it again, I may try the alternate command you suggested.

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10.5: Mount a partition or volume on demand
Authored by: mmnw on Aug 13, '09 03:27:00AM

I also am not sure if it can cause problems. Guess it won't. Since you are unmounting it grafecully without force.
But it could take longer than not mounting it at all. I'm pretty sure spotlight starts it's indexing process even if no user is logged in. Also I don't know if spotlight is already running at this point of boot.
So in the end, it's just a matter of elegance. Not mounting seems more "right" to me than mounting/unmounting ;)

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