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Old 07-09-2003, 12:10 AM   #1
KePSuX
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USB Song Memory Stick Device


Ive got a sony memory stick reader (its actually in a mouse) model number MSAC-US5 that i can get to mount manually with this command:

mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb

and i have added

/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb vfat auto 0 0

to my /ect/fstab, so when i type mount /mnt/usb it mounts fine.
Is there a way to have the drive automount when i put the memory stick in the reader the way a windows box auto detects it and mounts? Id like to be able to do this so i dont have to give my girlfriend root access. haha.

On the other side of the coin, if i just had it mount at boot would the machine have a fit if there wasnt any media in the device during its mount process? on the same thought, would be flip trying to unmount during shutdown?

anyone have any experiance here? Thanks!
 
Old 07-09-2003, 02:38 AM   #2
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Hi

Currently you have it so the machine WILL try to mount it during bootup, so if you aren't getting any errors now, you should be fine with that option.

As for your GF not having root priviledges, you can allow users to mount specific devices with the 'users' option:
/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb vfat auto,users 0 0

You can look into SuperMount or AutoMount as options for what you would like to do. I suggest against it, simply because I find bugs everytime I use something like that, probably just my bad luck though Here are some links for ya:
http://hints.linuxfromscratch.org/hints/automount.txt (Automount)
http://hints.linuxfromscratch.org/hints/supermount.txt (SuperMount)

Both are taken from the LFS hints, these really apply to nearly all linux systems, it helps keep things on a more "standard" basis. I'm sure there are RPM's or something specific for your distro, check your install CD's or rpmfind.net for more info

Cool
 
Old 07-09-2003, 11:12 AM   #3
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No root access required

If you modify your /etc/fstab then you will be able to mount and unmount the device without root rights.

/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb vfat user,noauto

I would make an icon on your desktop for mounting and unmounting that memory stick. The reason for this is that the apps like supermount and automount tend to use alot of proccessor because they sit and probe all the devices in the fstab every 10 or 15 seconds.

hope you like the fstab entry that I gave you and the other bit about the automounters is just my two cents - I could be wrong.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 04:38 PM   #4
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Re: No root access required

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Originally posted by bunhead
If you modify your /etc/fstab then you will be able to mount and unmount the device without root rights.

/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb vfat user,noauto

I would make an icon on your desktop for mounting and unmounting that memory stick. The reason for this is that the apps like supermount and automount tend to use alot of proccessor because they sit and probe all the devices in the fstab every 10 or 15 seconds.

hope you like the fstab entry that I gave you and the other bit about the automounters is just my two cents - I could be wrong.
this worked for me. Having to click on an icon is totally cool, no problems at all. Thanks alot!
 
  


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