Re: On format of media in Nautilus

On Tue, 2007-01-30 at 18:12 +0800, Henry Zhang wrote:
> Hi there,
> I noticed in Nautilus there is a format for removable media, but seems 
> this function is only for floppy disk?

it's really calling gfloppy (from gnome-utils); I'm the gnome-utils
maintainer and I am already doing some coordination between a couple of
efforts of creating an all-purpose media formatter.

> If so, it there any tool used for format the removable media, for 
> example USB memory, flash card. etc?

there's an open bug to make gfloppy work with all the removable media
using HAL:

unfortunately, HAL doesn't support media formatting abstractions, so you
end up calling external programs or libraries like gparted - which might
require a privilege escalation, something that HAL (and PolicyKit) would
spare us to do (see comment #3 from davidz on the bug above).

in short: making an all-purpose formatter is not that easy as it sounds
and needs some pieces to be in place before doing it.


Emmanuele Bassi,  E: ebassi gmail com

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