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Old 10-13-2006, 01:46 PM   #1
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Question Interesting iPod problem


Hi,

I'm trying to use my iPod with Amarok. I've got it mounted, and Amarok finds it and the 'Media Devices' tab tells me that it has an "iPod at /dev/sda2 (mounted at /media/ipod)", but it doesn't find any folder structure on the iPod, as if it's pointed to the wrong place. I can browse the mount point successfully in Konqueror, and the point is chmodded to 755 and owned by my user. I was unable to change the permissions on the mount point.

When I try to copy files to the iPod, I get this:
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Media Device: Copying file:///mp3/The Decemberists - 2006 - The Crane Wife/The Decemberists - The Crane Wife - 01 - The Crane Wife 3.mp3 to ??????/iPod_Control/Music/F34/kpod0636284.mp3 failed
The question marks are actually rendered as little boxes, indicating to me invalid ascii, which tells me that it's looking at the wrong path. The pattern isn't the same every time, it appears to change when I mount it. It also occasionally tells me that it was unable to create some directory (usually f00) when I connect my iPod.

gtkpod, despite being told that my iPod is in /media/ipod, thinks that '.' is my ipod directory, and can't find iTunesDB there (obviously), and will create iPod directory structure in ~ if I tell it to create it on the iPod. Any thoughts?
 
Old 10-13-2006, 02:00 PM   #2
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Does /media/ipod have the "user" option in your fstab? That's the only thing that I can think of... My ipod nano worked fine with gtkpod once I figured out how to give myself permissions to it...

I can't think of anything else but that...

<thought pops into head>

Is it a so-called Windows ipod or a Mac ipod? I think the newer Mac ipods use the newer mac filesystem (forget what it's called) and linux support for that at the moment is shaky at best, last time I checked. Windows ipods use the fat32 filesystem, which works perfectly, though. Just a wild guess...
 
Old 10-13-2006, 02:08 PM   #3
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Here's the fstab entry:

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/dev/sdb2       /media/ipod     vfat    rw,user,noauto  0       0
The iPod is 'windows' hence the vfat.
 
Old 10-13-2006, 03:20 PM   #4
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Update: I somehow disconnected it with the lockfile intact, and it told me that I needed to remove '/media/ipod/iPod_Control/whatever/lockfile' so in some instances it gets the path right.

Edit: Another update: I backed up the device, cleared the drive, and had Amarok format it. Amarok correctly initialized the /media/ipod location, but then I've got the same error as the original with the garbage paths.

Last edited by Captain Tram; 10-13-2006 at 03:37 PM.
 
Old 10-14-2006, 02:00 PM   #5
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Hmmm... sorry, that's where my knowledge stops. I've never had that sort of problem before. Does the ipod work on plugging it into a windows box and using itunes? Perhaps it needs a firmware update or something.
 
Old 10-20-2006, 11:22 AM   #6
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I have a similar problem to the OP with amarok coming up with gibberish path information for the iPod.

In my case, it can read iTunesDB fine as the correct song listing is displayed, however it won't play any of them and if I open up the Edit Tag Information dialog (or whatever it's called) for a particular song the location field reads something like:

<garbage>/iPod_Control/F15/whateversong.mp3

the iPod mounts and unmounts no problem and gtkpod has no issues with it, so I'm not sure what the deal is.

Quite strange.
 
  


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