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Listing availiable storage devices - dvw86 - 12-27-2010 05:59 AM

Hi all. It's been quite a while since I've been on here, but I'm back at it. I'm trying to build a list of all availiable internal and external drives that are mounted. It needs to work in Windows and Linux. In Windows it is kind of clumsy but I do have it working with this code.

--check for windows
CheckForWindows = "C:/"

windows = false

--Define the drive table.        
drive = {}

if lfs.attributes (CheckForWindows) ~= nil then
       windows = true

       --Check for all the Windows drives.
       if lfs.attributes ("A:/") ~= nil then
                drive["a"] = "A:"

   -- Use the above code to check for each drive letter from A to Z.


In linux, my first thought was to just check the /mnt directory. However I found that some types of Linux don't use this directory. For instance my computer running PCLinuxOS has all removable media listed in the "/Media" directory and the "/mnt" directory is empty. I can see this could end up being really messy. Is there an easier way to do this?


RE: Listing availiable storage devices - jpjacobs - 12-27-2010 10:52 PM

For linux, I'd try to parse the output of the 'mount' command.
Like this more or less:

output = fh:read('*a')
for dev,point in output:gmatch("(/dev/[%w_/]+) on (/[%w_/]*).-\n") do

RE: Listing availiable storage devices - mikshaw - 12-28-2010 10:16 AM

Another Linux option is to check /etc/mtab, which is a list of all currently mounted filesystems.

for line in io.lines("/etc/mtab") do
if string.find(line,"^/dev/") then
  dev,_=string.gsub(line,"%s.*","") -- cut off everything after field 1

or a more compact version that does similar...

for line in io.lines("/etc/mtab") do

RE: Listing availiable storage devices - dvw86 - 12-28-2010 12:52 PM

Hey thanks!! Those all worked very well. I will give them a try in a few differant versions of Linux and wok it into my application.