Configuring Fedora Core 4 & USB Flash drives?

tlhackque tlhackque at
Sat Dec 31 16:55:55 UTC 2005

OK, here's fstab.  Vanilla - untouched by human hands.
 This IS with the
drive in & (manually) mounted.  So fstab-sync isn't
making a "managed" entry
for some reason.

Not clear how to make an entry, as drives seem to get
different sd? names
assigned.  Wouldn't mind the blue drive always being a
certain mount point.
Of course, some are vfat, some aren't - so "auto"
would be the fstype of

Doesn't matter if the mount point exists or not. 

So is the "USB Flash Driver" in your rule a generic
answer for all USB Flash
devices, or is it a function of the specific
model/mfgr that one plugs in?
That is, do I have to connect "LEXAR BLAH" to that
driver for this part of
configuration to work?  (Some part of the connection
is made since maual
mounts work.)  

Looking at the reference material - wow!  Infinitely
flexible, but all I
wanted was to just plug in my drive and have it work. 
Looks like I have a
lot of digging to do (and yet another scriping
language to learn.)  Thanks
for the pointer; I guess I'll figure it out.

#cat /etc/fstab
# This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man
fstab-sync' for details
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 /                       ext3 
  defaults        1 1
LABEL=/boot             /boot                   ext3  
 defaults        1 2
none                    /dev/pts                devpts
 gid=5,mode=620  0 0
none                    /dev/shm                tmpfs 
 defaults        0 0
none                    /proc                   proc  
 defaults        0 0
none                    /sys                    sysfs 
 defaults        0 0
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01 swap                    swap 
  defaults        0 0
/dev/fd0                /media/floppy           auto
pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0
/dev/hdc                /media/cdrecorder       auto
pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0
/dev/hda                /media/cdrom            auto
pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0

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-----Original Message-----
From: Tim [mailto:ignored_mailbox at] 
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 09:06
To: For users of Fedora Core releases
Subject: Re: Configuring Fedora Core 4 & USB Flash

On Sat, 2005-12-31 at 05:08 -0800, tlhackque wrote:

> Fedora Core 4.  Plug in a USB thumb drive. 
> Successfully recognized by the kernel & a SCSI
"drive" is created.
> But it doesn't get mounted put on the desktop. 
CDROMs/DVDs do.  I 
> have the desktop->preferences->removable
drives->{mount drives when 
> hot-plugged, media when inserted clicked.  A manual
mount does work; 
> the device then appears on the desktop as expected.
> So something in the hotplug chain is deciding not to
do the mount.  I 
> got lost in the hal/hotplug/automount scripts.
> Someone's been here before. What's the easiest way
to track this down?
> (Or the recipe for configuring this device?)

Show us your /etc/fstab file.

I've just been experimenting with the same thing
myself.  If I made no entry
for the drive in my fstab file, nor created the mount
point directory, the
system took care of everything itself (including
mounting an icon on the
desktop).  But if I did make an fstab entry, I had to
make one in the same
fashion as it did (the auto-mounting routine), and I
had to create the mount
point diretory, for it to work.

e.g. Here's mine:
/dev/flashdrive  /media/flashdrive  vfat
ct_r:removable_t 0 0

(Note the fscontext details.  The mask options are
just to suit my needs; I
don't want files with executable bits set.)

The flashdrive device was set up by a rule in
/etc/udev/rules.d/.  I've a
"10-local.rules" file, in there, with this in it:
BUS=="scsi", SYSFS{model}=="USB Flash Driver",

Some reference material about this:

I've almost got the mounting the way I want it.  What
I don't want is an
icon on the desktop, or an entry in Nautilus, saying
"131M Removeable
Media", I want to pick the name myself.  I haven't
worked out where that's

And why do I care about that?  Because my digital
camera auto mounts with
almost the same title (128M instead of 131M).  I want
names that mean
something to me.

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