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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Removable Media Filesystems

Removable media has boomed in the last few years. While once we only had to worry about floppy disks, we now have CDs and USB devices. You must be able to manage any removable media that might wander in through the door of your data center. We'll discuss dealing with filesystems on floppy disks, USB devices, and CDs.

I recommend not plugging removable media willy-nilly into your production servers, for security reasons if nothing else. Who knows what's actually on that vendor's USB device? I prefer to mount those devices on my workstation, examine the contents, and then copy the desired data over to the FreeBSD machine. Removable media is just too easy for certain appli cations, however, and of course the rules change ...

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