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#!/bin/sh
# This program has two feature.
#
# 1. Create a disk image on RAM.
# 2. Mount that disk image.
#
# Usage:
# $0 <dir> <size>
#
# size:
# The `size' is a size of disk image (MB).
#
# dir:
# The `dir' is a directory, the dir is used to mount the disk image.
#
# See also:
# - hdid(8)
#
mount_point=${1}
size=${2:-64}
mkdir -p $mount_point
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
echo "The mount point didn't available." >&2
exit $?
fi
sector=$(expr $size \* 1024 \* 1024 / 512)
device_name=$(hdid -nomount "ram://${sector}" | awk '{print $1}')
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
echo "Could not create disk image." >&2
exit $?
fi
newfs_hfs $device_name > /dev/null
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
echo "Could not format disk image." >&2
exit $?
fi
mount -t hfs $device_name $mount_point
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
echo "Could not mount disk image." >&2
exit $?
fi
#!/bin/sh
# This program has two features.
#
# 1. Unmount a disk image.
# 2. Detach the disk image from RAM.
#
# Usage:
# $0 <dir>
#
# dir:
# The `dir' is a directory, the dir is mounting a disk image.
#
# See also:
# - hdid(8)
#
mount_point=$1
if [ ! -d "${mount_point}" ]; then
echo "The mount point didn't available." >&2
exit 1
fi
mount_point=$(cd $mount_point && pwd)
device_name=$(df "${mount_point}" 2>/dev/null | tail -1 | grep "${mount_point}" | cut -d' ' -f1)
if [ -z "${device_name}" ]; then
echo "The mount point didn't mount disk image." >&2
exit 1
fi
umount "${mount_point}"
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
echo "Could not unmount." >&2
exit $?
fi
hdiutil detach -quiet $device_name
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Roman2K commented Nov 17, 2014

Here's my take using hdiutil instead of hdid (deprecated) with mount, umount and orphan commands (and the device won't show up in Finder 😉): https://gist.github.com/Roman2K/3238fb441e298369198e

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