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Dangerous to rewrite umount
Authored by: googoo on Feb 09, '11 11:50:02AM

It is generally not a good idea to replace system executables like umount. A better idea would be to give your script a different name like umdos or something and move it to a directory in your path. You would call it by its name to use it. This way there are no unintended consequences when something else uses umount.


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Dangerous to rewrite umount
Authored by: lsloan on Feb 10, '11 09:36:40AM

I agree, it's dangerous! :)

That danger is why I put the cautioning message in my hint. This hint is not for the faint of heart.

I purposely wanted to replace umount with this script because I wanted it to execute automatically whenever the user ejects a disk. So this works whenever the user chooses any of the Mac OS X eject methods (eject icon, menu items, etc.).

I think that if one wanted a good solution that doesn't replace umount, look at the one suggested by user "joeyblades" here:

Otherwise, one of the droplet or helper applications mentioned in these comments might be a good choice.

Lance E Sloan

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