RMVOLMGR(1M) Maintenance Commands RMVOLMGR(1M)

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(1M).

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(5)). 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 "Examples."

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(1M) 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(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

Interface Stability Volatile

hald(1M), svccfg(1M), attributes(5), hal(5), smf(5)

November 28, 2006 OmniOS