We need your devices!

The thunar-volman user survey has ended, see the results at Jannis’ blog entry. Thanks for participating.

Jannis now needs a bit more help. He need to distinguish different device types based on udev properties and he has created a wiki page for the job. Now your job is to plug in or insert your devices (blue-ray disks, video CD’s, digital cameras, Pocket PC’s, Palm’s, USB printers and graphic tablets) in your PC. Send the output of ‘udevadm info ‐‐export-db’ to Jannis’ Xfce email along with the list of devices you’ve plugged/inserted.

Thanks again, and as usually, more information can be found in the original blog entry.


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  3. Martin Owens
    January 17, 2010

    Why not create a small too which detects when the user inserts something via usb and then prepares the information required and asks the user what the device is called (3 fields should be enough)

    That way we can ask many people to the tool and plug in all their stuff one thing at a time.

  4. Pasi Lallinaho
    January 17, 2010

    Hi Martin,

    that’s a definitely interesting idea, but I’m no developer, so I can’t do that. I’ll forward your idea to Jannis though.

    Would that help other projects as well? If so, maybe it definitely would be worth it.

  5. Jannis
    January 17, 2010

    @Martin: That’d be overkill for the limited amount of information I need. There are GUI tools like udev-browse as an alternative to udevadm/udevinfo and I’m not going to start writing a piece of software just to gather some information so that I can write another piece of software. ;)

    What’s pretty cool though is limiting the output to things that have changed after devices were plugged in:

    udevadm info ‐‐export-db > before
    …plug in all devices…
    udevadm info ‐‐export-db > after
    diff before after > email-attachment.txt

    For that I could write a simple bash script of course.

  6. Pasi Lallinaho
    January 17, 2010

    @Jannis: Like this.