Originally Posted by nadroj
we have both suggested methods. tell us what part you are stuck on exactly, thanks
Ok here goes. Although dmesg|tail does give the relevent info for manually mounting a drive. This is a pain. Particularly if you have to do it every time you plug a pen drive or other usb drive in. Also I tried it with an ide drive in an external usb housing. dmesg|tail showed it as sdf: sdf1 sdf2 sdf3 <sdf5 sdf6>. But mount /dev/sdf5 -t ext3 /media/linux2 produced an error 'no such device sdf5'.
You're correct in that the hotplug system *should* pick drive up automatically and it does, provided...
There are no other usb devices plugged in, such as a printer or usb mouse.
I've only just discoved the above after a lot of trial and error. If any other usb device is plugged in then I get a repeating error in the logs, can't remember exact details (not currently on the linux box) but it's along the lines of 'device bla bla cannot accept address at something'. Hotplug then just sulks and refuses to accept any
This is a real pain since my printer is a usb device. So I cannot print and have a usb drive installed. Strangely if I remove the printer then dmesg|tail reports lpt0 removed. So its recognised correctly (?) but still causes hotplug to sulk.
I confess that I haven't tried a manual mount without other usb devices selected as, well the usb drives mount and there's no point.
So the pointers I need involve debugging the hotplug trail and finding out why plugging any usb device in other than a drive causes the whole hotplug system to sulk. Initially I need to know where the heck umbuntu puts it. /etc/init.d/ does not contain hotplug so I can't even start/stop the service.
Hope you can point me in the right direction.