||11-09-2013 02:36 PM
Thanks; I had wondered about that approach, so I'll run some trials. There is some concern about what happens when I replace one USB drive with another; ideally, I'd like to be able to rename each drive so it identifies itself by that new name, no matter which computer it's plugged into. Failing that, an alias that works only on my box would be adequate.
Edit: No progress. I have three USB thumb drives, and all three are recognized by their factory-origin "names". Those names have nothing to do with the /etc/fstab (as far as I have been able to determine). When I put each one in and mount it, the mount command shows that /dev/sdb1 is /run/media/user/(name). To belabor the point: whichever flash drive is plugged in, as soon as it is mounted, it becomes /dev/sdb1, and is recognized and works perfectly as long as I use its name. Two of the three thumb drives have short names; the newest has a name that is 36 characters long. I typically copy files in the CLI, and I'd like to carry on with that procedure -- but the command is unwieldy with the new thumb drive, as it must include the drive name.