Linux - HardwareThis forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
I am kind of curious about this. I've never mounted my USB devices (I thought they were plug and play, after all, the keyboard and mouse under USB works under Linux) however, I can't seem to get my scanner to work, but usb scanner detect (some command similar to that) can, although it might be an unsupported model, and it might be not. Do I have to mount /dev/sda1 for usbscanner or something?
Although I usually mount the entire USB system like /proc/usb which never affected me anyway. I usually detach and attach USB devices immediately, and it seems to work for firewire too.
What exactly does it do though? I know firewire disks and storage utilities are represented over the SCSI protocol, but cameras?! Would it generate an error if you tried to cd to the mount point, or is a driver supposed to interpret that bit?
I'm not really sure about your problems, but I'll give it a try:
Usually you don't have to mount your USB-Hardware, but the
device file system for usb: usbdevfs (which is used by libusb).
if you don't use libusb, you have to load the kernel modules at
startup, e.g. scanner.o for your scanner.
as this won't be supported anymore (at least for the scanner) in the future,
better use libusb.
for libusb you have to include a line looking like
usb /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs defaults 0 0
you should automatically mount this, so don't put a noauto in there!