Originally Posted by richag77
I have tried to use mepis,dsl,ubuntu, xubuntu and now red hat.I have temporarily given up getting the first four distro's mentioned to connect to the repository and to read usb thumb drives, but Red Hat does the connection bit no trouble so far.
It's not clear what you mean by the "repository". And don't ask me to believe any modern distro is unable to read from a thumb drive (USB pen). I simply don't by the idea
. For one thing I know newer kernels support most of the newer hardware. I'm using a 1GB pen with a lot of distros without any problem.
There's something you've got to do before you jump and edit fstab. After plugging in your drive run
This will print the last 10 lines of the kernel buffer into your console. Go through it and find out which divice is the thumb drive (eg: sda, sdb, etc.) If not found run just the dmesg and look for it. Try to mount the drive using that info.
Eg: mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb
Then use that to edit fstab (Eg: if you got sdb, try sdb1 in fstab) if you want.
If Ubuntu and Mepis fails to automount it maybe you have some special case to handle. So follow the above steps and see.
Ahem..I can't call RH8 modern though
. Why do I remember myself and lot of other LQ members always advising people to use newer distros? After RH 8 there were 6 major versions, Fedora Core 5 being the latest. Well, for your problem I'll try to help. But I'm asking once again to use a newer distro if there are no other serious problems.