B.3 Accessing the Drives on Your Computer

Your SGD Administrator configures whether you can access the drives on your computer from applications running through SGD.


Accessing the drives on your computer is not available if you are using the tablet workspace.

If you are using a UNIX, Linux, or Mac OS X platform computer, by default your home directory is mapped to a drive called "My Home". But you can configure the drives you want to use with applications. This is done by editing your client configuration file, $HOME/.tarantella/native-cdm-config. This file is automatically created when the SGD Client is installed. The file contains detailed instructions on how to create mapped drives.

The configuration file contains entries of the form <path> <type> <label>, where:

  • <path> is the absolute path name of the client file system

  • <type> is either unknown, fixed, floppy, cdrom, or remote

  • <label> is the name used in the application session

Use a separate line for each drive and separate each of the fields with a space or a tab. If either the <path> or the <label> fields contains spaces or tabs, enclose the field in quotes.

You can use environment variables in the <path> or <label> fields. You delimit these with a dollar sign ($). To use a literal $, escape it with another $.

The following is an example configuration file.

$HOME$ fixed "My Home"
/tmp/$USER$ fixed Temp
"/mnt/win/My Documents" fixed "My Local Documents"

Changes to the configuration file only take effect when you log out and then log in to SGD.

The access rights for a mapped client drive are shown in brackets after the drive name: (rw) means read-write access, (ro) means read only access.

B.3.1 Using Removable Drives

If you attach a removable drive such as a Universal Serial Bus (USB) memory stick while using SGD, the device is detected automatically and made available to you.

To use a removable drive, your SGD Administrator must enable support for removable drives.

On UNIX and Linux platform client devices, if the removable drive is not detected automatically, the locations listed in the [DYNAMICSTORAGE] section of the $HOME/.tarantella/native-cdm-config configuration file are monitored for removable devices. Depending on the client platform, the following default system locations are listed in the [DYNAMICSTORAGE] section of this file.

Client Platform

Default Location





Oracle Solaris





Sun Ray



Mac OS X



If your removable drive uses a different location, add one or more entries to the [DYNAMICSTORAGE] section. For example, the following entry causes SGD to monitor the /opt directory for removable drives, in addition to the default location for the client platform.

/opt removable