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    Question Why is my box advertising Remote Disk Management?

    When I run avahi-browse in our office LAN, I see my own host advertising something called "Remote Disk Management":

    Code:
    $ avahi-browse -at
    ...
    +   eth0 IPv6 myhostname-2                       Remote Disk Management  local
    +   eth0 IPv4 myhostname-2                       Remote Disk Management  local
    ...
    +   eth0 IPv6 myhostname-2 [12:34:56:78:9a:bc]   Workstation             local
    +   eth0 IPv4 myhostname-2 [12:34:56:78:9a:bc]   Workstation             local
    ...
    The service is marked as local, but I only have a very foggy idea of how Avahi/Zeroconf work, and I'm a bit worried. I'd rather not have my disks managed (or shared) remotely. The thing seems related to the udisks service, of which I also know little, except that it probably helps with automounting removable storage devices.

    There is only one entry in /etc/avahi/services - udisks.service:

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" standalone='no'?><!--*-nxml-*-->
    <!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM "avahi-service.dtd">
    
    <!-- This file is part of udisks -->
    
    <service-group>
      <name replace-wildcards="yes">%h</name>
    
      <service>
        <type>_udisks-ssh._tcp</type>
        <port>22</port>
      </service>
    </service-group>
    Should I just (re)move this file? It can't be doing much good anyway, because my sshd is configured to use a different (non-standard) port.

    Thanks in advance for any useful advice.
    Last edited by street spirit; February 13th, 2012 at 10:38 PM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Why is my box advertising Remote Disk Management?

    Anybody?

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    Re: Why is my box advertising Remote Disk Management?

    Yeah anybody? Got the same weird feeling that this is somewhat unwilled and could be harmful.

    I'll try to find out what is this service about.

    -Swift

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    Re: Why is my box advertising Remote Disk Management?

    Just as a quick follow-up for the record: I have removed the config file from /etc/avahi/services in the meantime, and the Remote Disk Management results are gone. I haven't noticed any ill effects, so if you don't need it, it should be safe to remove the file.

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    Re: Why is my box advertising Remote Disk Management?

    It's advertized by 'udisks' (DB disk management) and offer remote disk management:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1500328
    A Ubunutu box (not Kubunutu one) can manage the exposed disks remotely.

    -Swift

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    Re: Why is my box advertising Remote Disk Management?

    Quote Originally Posted by SwiftTools View Post
    A Ubunutu box (not Kubunutu one) can manage the exposed disks remotely.
    why not Kubuntu one? they use same base the only difference is the Desktop environment.
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

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    Re: Why is my box advertising Remote Disk Management?

    Indeed, if you read the provided link you'll see that remote-disk-management utility is for GNOME. Not for KDE (AFAIK). Ain't that a Desktop environment difference?

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    Re: Why is my box advertising Remote Disk Management?

    The "Disk Utility" tool is Gnome only; udisks itself is independent of the desktop environment.

    (I only mentioned [kubuntu] because this forum requires me to select a distro variant as part of the title, and I wasn't sure that this setup was really the same for [all variants]).

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