i just installed Arch on an intel core 2 quad. i chose arch because you are dumped into a bare bones system and can start bolting on only the parts you need from there, resulting in a sick-fast system while gaining experience about how it all works.
so far i've got network, video drivers, alsa sound, and installed xfce4.
i also have a 320G external HDD formatted to ext3 that i use across a few computers (works fine in fedora, opensuse, etc).
logged in as a normal user running xfce4, i plug in the HDD:
it shows on the desktop, but as xfce tried to auto-mount i got an error about not having the correct C compiler, defaulting to fallback... no good.
<i'll add the error word for word here when i get home tonight>
hal and dbus run at startup...
so i grabbed a terminal and as root executed:
# mkdir /media/usb
# mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 /media/usb
mounted great, everything there, wonderful.
i have since tried editing fstab to:
/dev/sdb1 /media/usb auto rw,user,auto,unhide 0 0
/dev/sdb1 /media/usb ext3 rw,user,noauto,unhide 0 0
the error just changes to:
wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1,
missing codepage or other error
so that got commented out for now...
i have a feeling i need to add my user to a group allowing access to auto-mount these usb devices. (the arch guide instructed <gpasswd -a USER optical> to allow access to the cdrom/dvd drive)
i was advised against adding any fstab lines for USB devices. there may be a solution out there but my various google syntaxes keep yielding close-but-not-quite threads with solutions that don't work.
a link, or any advice would be much appreciated
tonight or over the weekend i will better document the error messages and check the dmesg logs while trying to mount as user.
thanks in advance.
*constantly edited for clarity