USB stick

Mikkel L. Ellertson mikkel at
Tue Feb 12 16:25:11 UTC 2008

Tom Holroyd wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-02-12 at 08:55 -0600, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
>> Tom Holroyd wrote:
>>> Sorry if this has been asked before, but I just upgraded to Fedora 7 and
>>> when I plug in my USB stick I get "Error
>>> org.freedesktop.Hal.PermissionDenied." The Details box says "Not in
>>> active session". 
>> Are you running in run level 3 or 5? If in run level 5, do you have 
>> more then one GUI login at the same time?
> Level 5, only one user (+root). Not more than one GUI login. Any idea
> how to set the permissions? Do I need to edit /etc/fstab, or some
> hotplug config file?
I believe the message is generated when HAL tries to run as a user 
other then the one that "owns" the console. For example, when I am 
logged into the GUI as mikkel, then the USB stick will be mounted on 
a mount point off of /media, and if it has the usual VFAT file 
system, then the owner will be mikkel.mikkel so that I can access 
the files. If it has a file system that does support UID/GID, then 
those will apply instead.

You should not need to edit anything, unless you have an entry in 
/etc/fstab for the USB stick. This would prevent HAL from 
auto-mounting it. You can check /var/log/messages to see if there 
are more details about why it failed.


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