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Auto-mounting seems to be a bit of a messy thing in linux.

The options to automount ranges from autofs, udev, hal or even filemanagers.

What is the best-practice method to enable automounting on devices? Is there one shinning way that cuts out all the mess?

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I usually use fstab (/etc/fstab), it seemed like the easiest thing to do (no extra dependencies). Although autofs seems like the way to go if you want to spare some resources. –  Gert Nov 18 '10 at 7:59
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I would say the best practice is to go with what works best with your "desktop envorinment", as some automounting methods may not work well with, say KDE, since KDE wants to handle it.

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